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Interview from Virginia
Are you male or female?
How old were you when you attended this facility?
Describe your addiction:
Virginia: I was/am addicted to opiates. That is, I really loved oxycodone and percocet. I've never done heroin; I only allowed myself to take pills. Besides oxys and percocets, I probably would have taken any kind of pill that promised to get me high, whatever kind of high it was didn't matter so much.
Why did you choose to go to rehab?
Virginia: It accepted my insurance.
Why did you choose this facility?
Virginia: It was near my area (nyc), and seemed like a pleasant environment despite the circumstances.
How long were you in this rehab facility? Inpatient or outpatient?
Virginia: one month - inpatient
What is this facility's approach to the treatment process?
Virginia: This rehab treats patients with respect. It is a woman-only residential program, so "sisterhood" and honesty is encouraged. Treatment spanned the entire day as we all took part in group therapy as well as one-on-one therapy. Group therapy happened every day, but my specific one-on-one therapy only happened about twice a week. Throughout each day, counselors would teach us "life training skills" and we were encouraged to exercise a lot.
What do you think this rehab facility does well?
Virginia: Most of the counselors are good at their jobs. The lake and the area are very beautiful.
What could this facility do better?
Virginia: More music therapy, more individual attention to each patient.
Overall do you feel your treatment here was successful or not?
Virginia: In a way, yes. It helped me to realize I could live without taking them. It forced me to stay clean for a month and to do a lot of soul searching. However, as Italo Svevo once said, "it was a good lesson and it lasted the whole day." Addiction is hard. In terms of trying to give me the tools to kick it, I do think they were successful.
Did you relapse after treatment?
Virginia: Yes, I relapsed twice. However, when I did relapse, I didn't take as many pills as I would've before I went to rehab. I took two oxys one day, and a couple of days later I took another one. I've been 100% clean for 2.5 months. Advice I would give to someone who suffers a relapse: Tell somebody. Tell on yourself. Make sure someone who knows that you went to rehab knows that you relapsed. That way, you are forced to feel the weight of what you've done. You're forced to deal with it and try to make it right. If you do relapse, don't give up. It doesn't mean you'll never get clean. EVERYBODY relapses. Almost everyone. When you fall down, get back up and keep going.
Would you recommend this facility to a friend or a family member?
Virginia: Yes. It's a very good rehab, especially compared to some other rehabs that I've heard of. It did give me tools to deal with and kick my addiction.
What general advice would you give to somebody dealing with addiction?
Virginia: Talk to someone. Get help. It's not too late to start living. Life gets so much better!
Have you been to any other rehab facilities?
Virginia: Summit - outpatient in NJ