My Experience of seeking the Best Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program
When my doctor pointed out my drinking problem I started looking for the best outpatient Drug and Alcohol treatment programs around. A friend of mine told me about the ASV Rehab at Home program, Rehab at Home sounded like a really good idea so i mustered all my courage and made a call. I rang Jason at Addiction Solutions Victoria and he immediately calmed me down. It was reassuring to talk to someone who had had the same issues with drinking that I had had and who had found a way out of it, it was so incredible to finally know that change and recovery was possible.
My drinking had steadily increased over the years and things in my life were starting to get out of control. I was turning up late to work because of bad hangovers and canceling on my family and friends because either I was too tired and sick from drinking or I just wanted to be at home alone to be left to drink the way I wanted to. In desperation, I went to my GP to ask for help. The week before my ex-wife had questioned me after one of my daughter’s visits saying that she could smell alcohol on my breath in the morning and my boss had sat me down to talk about the number of days I had been taking off, I couldn’t believe it had got to this. I loved my kid and I loved my job and had worked really hard to get to where I was.
My drinking had made me quite isolated and I had come to believe that I was the only one who drank this way. Drinking every night till I passed out was a secret a had been harboring to myself but Jason explained that alcoholism was a progressive disease and that it increased over time, that what I was experiencing was the early stages of alcoholism. As soon as he said that I knew I had to change and start living the life I wanted to not the existence I had been living. It was like a light bulb was switched on, I saw my drinking and myself in the hard cold light of day and I couldn’t hide anymore.
The Rehab at Home program meant that I could still go to work every day and also meet my obligations to my daughter who lived with her mother but came and stayed with me every second weekend. The whole experience was very professional but personal at the same time. We met twice weekly and went through the program from beginning to end. It was tailored to my needs and the clinicians at ASV worked with me to help me get better.
The fog started to lift I realised just how bad I had got and began to move from a place of denial into acceptance of my vulnerabilities. Jason was always so good at explaining the nuances of addiction and enabled me to talk about things I had been keeping to myself for a really long time. I had never fully dealt with the break-up with my ex-wife or the resulting separation from my daughter. I was working crazy hours and drinking on my own because I didn’t want to be alone in the flat that I still hadn’t even furnished two years after moving in.
I had been seeking refuge in alcohol which was slowly starting to take everything away from me. Once I saw this all clearly I knew I took the program of recovery really seriously. Life is very different today. I know my limits and I can set boundaries. I’m very aware of my triggers and lean on my support network when I feel shaky. My daughter has her dad back and work is better than ever. I can’t thank Jason and the team at ASV enough.