The Healing Place

The Path to Sobriety

The Path to Sobriety

On February 9, 1983 The Healing Place Chairman and process founder Jay Davidson began his journey in sobriety. Jay, who began his drinking career at age 13, had become a fully functioning alcoholic and Major in the United States Army with a family. Jay may not have fully realized the damage he had inflicted on others and himself until a General told him to get “get help” or he would be discharged from the Army in disgrace while losing his promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Jay took this warning to heart and immediately began six months of intensive outpatient therapy (IOP) three days a week. Through this process, a new connection to a higher power, a fellowship, and strong support – Jay was able to rehabilitate his life to a former state of success.

My journey in sobriety began a little differently. Like Jay, I was using drugs and alcohol at a young age and by the time I was 20 I was using hard drugs. As I became an adult, I was a multiple felon, indigent, and certainly had the inability to successfully function in society. A judge had ordered me to The Healing Place to complete a long-term residential recovery program where I would have extensive accountability and develop coping skills to one day become a productive citizen.

I had little to nothing when I came to The Healing Place. I was incarcerated during warm weather and released during the dead of winter. The pickings in the clothes closet at The Healing Place were very sparse. My first major dose of humility was, in an effort to stay warm, wearing women’s stirrup pants that had somehow made it to the men’s clothing closet. I was embarrassed by this but had to admit to myself that I was a homeless man who was going to have to do whatever was necessary to climb out of the dark hole of addiction. Through the process, a new connection to a higher power, a fellowship, and strong support – I was able to rehabilitate my life through a transformation, building from the ground up.

Both Jay and I had hit what we consider to be rock bottom, but we each required a different modality of treatment to effectively accomplish our mutual goal: long-term recovery.

There certainly is no cookie cutter method for recovery from drugs and alcohol. The largest demographic of the substance abusers (60%) is functioning. This means that they are able to maintain employment, support themselves and their family, and seemingly have a life of normalcy to those they interact with day to day. Many of these people are beginning to face consequences of their drug and alcohol abuse but have not gotten to a tipping point. In comparison, The Healing Place serves the indigent substance abusers which are a much smaller portion of the overall demographic. Even so, The Healing Place turns away hundreds of men needing services each month due to lack of bed space. This is alarming when you realize that the majority of substance abusers are not receiving services.

The Healing Place will now operate a recovery program for those who are still functioning in their lives. Recovery on Chestnut is a reasonably priced private pay facility which offers a long-term program. The program includes a brief stay in a residential setting for the first phase and the remainder in an outpatient setting. We will work closely with employers, families, and other agencies to provide the full ranges of services needed. This is a very exciting time in our community as we prepare to address the many layers of recovery in our neighborhoods.
For more information about Recovery on Chestnut, call me directly at 502-333-9908 or send me an e-mail. I can do a consultation and give you a tour to see if Recovery on Chestnut is right for you.

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