I can never thank you enough for helping me to get my life back. When I first started IOP (the Intensive Outpatient Program for Chemical Dependency), my life was spiraling out of control and I felt like my future was hopeless.
For the first time in my life … I now have the skills necessary to overcome any obstacle that comes my way. I have not only learned how to conquer my demons of addiction, but I have also learned valuable skills of how to handle stress, anxiety, difficult situations, etc. My only regret is that I didn’t learn all of this 29 years ago when my future was first being paved and the influence of drugs and alcohol were first introduced to me.
The information you have provided is invaluable. You have changed my life – given me a future to look forward to - given my husband his wife back and, most importantly, you have given my 8-year-old daughter her mother back.
I hope that you … know that you are saving people’s lives every day that you come to work. I know because you saved mine.
~ Whitney M.
Today, I am fortunate to celebrate 2 years of sobriety. I’ve been thinking back over the last two years about how my life has changed since I entered into Pam’s class. I wouldn’t be the person I am if it weren’t for her.
I have overcome a lot of obstacles in my life thanks to Pam. I’ve learned how to be happy and to live without drugs or alcohol in my life. I don’t know what I would have done without the tools Pam gave me to learn to live again. Not to sound corny, but she really is the wind beneath my wings as I am now able to fly clean and free through this wonderful world and to never have to look back on my past.
My Intensive Outpatient Program Steps
A letter to Pam and Mo
Thank you Pam and Mo:
1. for teaching me honesty and openness
2. for teaching me gratitude for every day that I wake up clean and sober
3. for teaching me to be interested in my fellow man and for the friendships here that I will always treasure
4. responsibility not only to myself but for those around me
5. for teaching me to take care of myself physically and mentally
6. for giving me a well needed attitude adjustment
7. for teaching me acceptance
8. for teaching me tolerance
9. for teaching me patience
10. for awakening my sense of humor
11. for teaching me to participate in this Program of Recovery
12. for giving me my life back and the desire to do the right thing.
I was three years clean and I went out and used for a year. This last time was very hard on me and my family. I was drinking and using one day and I thought I was OK to go in front of my family so I did. Well, they could see I was out of it.
We argued and I felt like I could not take it any more so I ran upstairs where I attempted to end my life. My family had followed me upstairs and fought hard to stop me. In an effort to fight back, I started beating my mom up. The cops were called.
The next thing I knew I was in the cop’s car and was being taken to the psych ward. While there, a light bulb went off. I said, “I need help or I’m going to die.”
So I came here to Falmouth for 14 days. It was the best thing that could have happened to me. It’s a wonderful program. I’ve learned so much. There are always lots of smiling faces from the staff. I know that coming here saved my life. I’m ready to go home. I have everything in order to live a safe, healthy life thanks to Falmouth and especially the staff.
~ Mylinda K., Patient, St. Elizabeth Alcohol and Drug Treatment - Falmouth
My name is Susan. I am a methamphetamine addict. On June 13, 2010, I went to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Falmouth Care Unit. Sally was my counselor. She has a reputation of being tough. She did not disappoint. Sally was never mean. I honestly believe she cares and was trying to instill a work ethic in us. She always conveyed to me that to work, a recovery program is consistent work and it must be done especially when you don’t feel like it.
The food at the Care Unit was so good. It was like home cooking. After spending eight days at the Care Unit, I was referred to St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in Florence.
Pam Easterling is my counselor. I have so many wonderful things to say about Mrs. Easterling. I feel truly blessed to know such a fine person.
I was arrested. I lost custody of my children, I was facing many years in prison, plus a system that believes a meth addict cannot recover, they relapse.
Pam taught me that my disease is a disease of addiction…which drug I used was only a symptom. She always helped me understand the disease and face where my addiction has taken me but that is not how it has to be. I don’t have to live like that anymore. She is one of the few people that gave me permission to recover. She believed that I didn’t have to relapse and she gave me the confidence to believe that too.
After attending IOP for about a month I went and talked to Pam about anti-depressants. I didn’t have the money to see my doctor for an office visit. She offered to call my doctor. She talked to him and he agreed to bill me the co-pay. She offered me the $4 to get my prescription filled.
Pam went to court with me and she has written letters about my progress. She drug-tested me often.
Pam has gone beyond her job description just to help an addict to have a second chance at life. Pam is a great counselor and she is an even better person.
There are so many great people on your staff. Renda works in the office. She always had a smile on her face and she has given hugs when I was upset or afraid. Maureen “Mo” is a sweet woman…always looking to show you “angel moments” or when God has smiled down on you.
I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of having these women save my life. You have a wonderful staff at both the Falmouth Care Unit and at the Florence IOP.
I realize it is their jobs to help addicts like myself but they went far beyond payroll obligations and I am forever grateful.
~ Susan C.
I was recently admitted to the St. Elizabeth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center in Falmouth, KY, and I had a totally positive experience due to the staff on location at the "care unit." Overall, most all of the nurses and counselors were great, but three of them went above and beyond to make me feel welcome and comforted. Beverly on the night shift is one of the kindest people I've met, and she went out of her way to help ease my discomfort when I was away from home. Also, Sandy and Ed were both great, and they care about their patients and do everything in their power to help folks on their way to recovery. Please pass along my compliments to these three folks as they truly made my stay more enjoyable.
~ Joe H.
Thank you (John, Chemical Dependency Counselor) for your guidance and insight during the outpatient program. I would recommend the program for anyone in need. I also want to thank you for your support and kind recommendations you gave to UC Hospital Liver Transport department.
Now I am in the system and in the process towards a liver transplant. The good news is my latest blood values have improved....most of the doctors had originally wanted to send me to hospice...I feel much better...the doctors are amazed with my improvements. Thanks again.