"Just for today." "Stay in the moment." "Trust the process." ""Easy does it." "K.I.S.S.-keep it simple stupid." Who in recovery doesn't relate to the clichés slogan's? The first I learned was "expectations are premeditated resentments" but try putting 10 newcomer women in a druggie buggy and expect that of us! However, by the end of our adventurous day I realized that any expectations I could have concocted in my mind would have never done reality justice.
After first finagling an offsite cigarette break from the beautiful smoke-free FIU campus, we strutted in, mostly excited to get a day away from clinical. We were greeted by an extraordinarily genuine smile from our instructor, Clay. I couldn't understand why he would possibly love guiding us through the simple team-building exercises so much but I could just tell that he loves what he does and I couldn't help but lower my guard and begin to trust him. Like a good addict I was ready to strap in and tackle the big climb, but Clay began to guide us through several small exercises. As he explained the first few I felt myself getting impatient, but something amazing began to happen. This beautiful group of women began to build real trust in one another. We began to support each other verbally, emotionally and physically. We readily shared leadership roles. We worked together, sometimes with no words, to problem solve. The best part was that between each activity Clay processed our views and feelings with us. Epiphanies emerged from weary women, the seedlings getting a glimpse of the unrelenting and life-giving sun. Through the positive reinforcement given and received I felt myself hit full bloom.
By the time we were ready to climb I had already been fully satisfied. This was simply icing on the cake in which I was already indulging. Yes we literally had each other's lives in our hands. Yes we encouraged and supported each other as we took turns climbing. Yet the most impactful moment of the day was when we joined hands for the serenity prayer in support of a woman deathly afraid of heights. The build of emotion- a true unconditional love Will live in my heart forever: God grant me the serenity to except the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things that I can, AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!!!
That prayer was the Flint I needed to spark up the fiery passion for life I have been dying to reconnect with in myself. So what was my experience? I learned that Just For Today I Can Stay In The Moment by Trusting The Process, Taking It Easy and Keeping It Simple without expectations.
I have to give an extra special thanks to LakeHaven Recovery Center for allowing this to happen, Miss garland for facilitating it all and Miss Aznie for the extra support. These two women believed in us and were so proud that there were no dry eyes after the first exercise, let alone the last. I am forever grateful.
LakeHaven Recovery Center offered me everything I needed to grow into the person I was meant to be. They gave me the tools to grow spiritually and mentally. Also, the staff at the facility never gave up on me no matter how many times I screwed up. They pushed me constantly only towards the positive and taught me how to get rid of the negative. Having so many positive people around made it much easier to accept these changes. It came down to a point where I got that moment of clarity and made the conscious decision to stop messing up. Everyone knew it was time for me, it just took a little bit of time for me to accept it. The types of treatment this place offers is on the cutting edge of the mental health field. Everything that is being done here is geared towards change, change for the better. I am so thankful for everything that has been offered to me here. Words Cannot express the type of gratitude that I feel towards every single member of Lake Haven. It’s never too late to change your life, and this is the type of place where it could be accomplished.
I want to thank everyone who works at LakeHaven Recovery Center. Our son Joe was just home for a few days and it was awesome to see him progressing and finding his way. Special Thanks to Kim, Asia, Drew, Jimmy, Pam and Jessica. Everyone goes out of their way when we have spoken to the staff.
I recommend you guys all the time! I am very active in Addict’s Mom and it is nice to be able to direct people to where we have had a good experience!
Sue and Joe R Sr.
I would recommend Lakehaven to anyone struggling with addiction. It has taught me so much about addiction, recovery, myself and avoiding relapse.
Anthony S. - March 1, 2016
WOW!! I literally got so excited when Craig asked me to tell of my experience at Lake Haven. Let me start by saying YES when I first got to Lake Haven I was a MESS, I was scared to death and even felt that I didn’t fit in. I stuck it out and made it through day one, then day two. Day two is when Lenny walked up to me and said “just remember that you are here for you and not the people around you”. At that point I let go and gave Lake Haven a Chance.
The facility is awesome, the grounds are beautiful, and talk about an AWESOME staff, well they have them. Most of the techs there at Lake Haven have been in your shoes and really understand what you are going through, they really care and want you to talk to them and be as comfortable as you can be. The Case Management Team (TJ and Emily) have your back, and are more than ready to help you get things back home situated so that you can focus on recovery and getting better. The therapists work so hard for you and try to lead you in the right direction. Kim and Craig are so devoted to the New Life program. Michelle, Sean, and Lucy are also there to guide you in the right direction and truly want you to succeed in every aspect of your life
Today I am home in Virginia, and the staff has not just written me off as a number that used to be at Lake Haven. I get phone calls, text and emails on a regular basis, just to ask how I am doing. I am part of the Alumni, even being so far away. I have linked into the Facebook page and I too feel comfortable calling or texting any of the staff if I get in a situation where I need support.
I am so grateful that God lead me to Lake Haven and the New Life program. There are several different tracts that you can consider. The spiritual program (New Life) was right for me, as it opened my eyes and brought me to a better place in my life. Words cannot express my gratitude to Lake Haven, and the people there.
God bless and join us on the road to recovery.
My experience at Lake Haven definitely change my life! After over 30 years of drinking with several failed attempts at quitting, I never dreamed I could live a life of sobriety.
The knowledgeable, loving, caring, staff gave me the tools I need and showed me how to use them to be sober and happy.
As Lenny says, they loved me until I learned how to love myself! I am forever indebted to all the gang at Lake Haven for helping this miracle happen! I hope to further my education and make a career of helping others the way these folks helped me!
Best and last treatment I've been to. Loved the support!
Hayley W. March 4, 2016
The best part of treatment at LakeHaven were my primary clinical groups.
Paige A. - March 3, 2016
I think the recovery coaches and text at Lake Haven recovery center were excellent.
Katherine S. - February 25, 2016
The atmosphere here is my favorite thing. The staff is very knowledgable
Dereck P. February 17, 2016
The best part of my treatment was the clinical groups on relapse prevention.
Michelle S. - February 17, 2016
I would most definitely recommend someone to Lakehaven recovery center if they were looking for substance-abuse treatment.
Lea J. - February 17, 2016
Alicia the tech helped me so much during my stay. Michelle was also an amazing therapist.
Amanda P. - February 10, 2016
I would rate Lakehaven clinical staff, recovery coaches, tech staff and living accommodations as excellent!
Bobby D. - February 9, 2016
The best part of treatment was learning to understand my thoughts about drug and fellowship. Thank you for everything and helping me get my life back.
Nathan W. - February 8, 2016
I feel my stay at Lake Haven was worthwhile I would rate the clinical staff as excellent. The staff truly cares and works hard to help us in our recovery.
Lisa T. - February 4, 2016
My stay at Lake Haven was worthwhile. I feel prepared for my next step in my journey to recovery. The staff for caring, understanding and knowledgeable. I would recommend Lakehaven to anyone seeking treatment for addiction.
Fernando C. - February 2, 2016
The clinician for the New Life Christian Program, Lystra, is amazing! This was very healthy for my new life. God is good!
Mark D. - January 27, 2016
I would rate my treatment experience at Lake Haven with five stars.
Tabatha P. - January 25, 2016
The best part of my treatment experience at LakeHaven was the entire experience. There's a perfect balance of structure/recovery and free time.
Stephen P. - January 22, 2016
Best experience of my life.
Ann B. - January 15, 2016
Patrick and Michele helped me by giving me the moral support I need to succeed. Best experience of my life.
Andrew G. - January 15, 2016
The best part of my treatment was that everyone was extremely welcoming and open-armed. The community is strong, helps encourage anyone to do better.
Chris P. - January 11, 2016
I was not disappointed by any part of my treatment! It was all excellent. I would recommend Lakehaven to anyone seeking treatment.
Bonnie S. - January 11, 2016
The techs were excellent. They were all easy to approach and are helpful.
Eric S. - January 11, 2016
I would give Lakehaven five stars knowledge Carlos as someone who was helpful during my stay.
Austin K. - January 8, 2016