My name is Lucas. Today as I write this I’m 36 years old and I have been clean and sober for 1 year and 2 days. WCRC asked me for my feedback last year after I completed 90 days at their inpatient facility, and I told them I would love to, but I wasn’t ready to at the time. I still didn’t know what it meant to me, I was still confused, unsure (of myself). Today I have an understanding of my experience with them and of myself that I feel confident in the words I’m writing. I’ve been an addict my entire adult life, and the end of my childhood as well. I lost my mother at 17 and just gave up on myself and others. That’s not to say I didn’t pretend to have my stuff together. I owned a house in the bay area. I had a good job making $40 hr with great benefits. I was married to a beautiful woman that I met in high school. My addiction mandated that I keep these things to make what I did “On the side” ok; That as long as I had the job, the house, the wife, doing a little drugs for a few weeks every now and again was ok. It wasn’t. After 20 years of dipping into the dark side of myself, It benefits sunk its hooks in. Within 2 years I lost my house, my wife, my job. Not understanding what happened to me, I tried to take my own life.
Enter WCRC, from a mental ward in Northern California my friend drove me to WCRC inpatient. I had never been in treatment before. This was my first experience with recovery. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories from many different people as to their experiences with different treatment facilities and I’m extremely grateful and blessed to have had only this one. I know for a fact that WCRC is different, evolved treatment. I know If my experience would have been “run of the mill” I would not be able to write this today. I also understand that they’re offering a better life and new ways of being are only available to those souls that want a better life for themselves. They are not magicians, they cannot create a clean and sober human from someone who is unwilling, but they are patient, understanding, loving people that understand that addiction isn’t just about the drugs or alcohol. It’s about fear, depression, perception, and perspective. Anyone willing to try to understand this and listen, even if it doesn’t make sense at first, has a good chance. The counselors and staff are second to none. I consider many of them close personal friends and trust them implicitly. I’ve seen many patients come in, each with own unique needs and beliefs. It really astonished me how well each person integrated with the group as a whole. I fully contribute this “inclusion” to the staff and their unwavering ability to understand, allow and support all walks of life. I know that each member that works for WCRC is there because they care, because I FEEL it. When talking to them, when listening to them, it’s an undeniable compassion. It’s truly inspiring. Something amazing happens when you put people first… it’s visceral. Thank you Sean, for letting me stick around when you guys weren’t sure if I could. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I’m truly grateful and feel blessed I fell into your life. Please feel free to cut this up any way you wish and use any or all of it. I could never repay you for what you’ve given me. With all the love in my heart, thank you.