After several attempts to get sober, My parents brought me to the Pathway Program in June of 2008. I was 19, lost, and addicted to heroin. I had been to previous places but I knew immediately after my first appointment at the Pathway Program that if I was going to finally change, this was going to be the place to help me. The staff actually understood what it was like getting sober as a young person and the peer support group were overwhelmingly supportive towards me. I have 9 years sober, I’m married and not a week goes by that I don’t think of the effect getting sober at Pathway has had on me. Everything in my life today and moving forward is built off the foundation I received being in the program 9 years ago. Words can not express the gratitude my family and I have for the Pathway Program.
Thank you guys for all you continue to do.
I was 20 years old when I had my first appointment with Pathway. At this point in my life I had been using drugs and alcohol since I was 12 years old, a total of 8 years. During those eight years my parents pursued every opportunity to “get” me sober, all with little to no success. They tried counselors, medications, two wilderness treks, a boarding school and I still found ways to get high. At age 19 I got a job offer to move down to Tempe, Arizona to be an audio visual director at a church. One of the conditions of my employment was for me to stay sober; that lasted no more than one week. Four months went by and I got kicked out of the place where I was living for having drugs and alcohol. My employment was now in jeopardy. That night I called my parents and I will never forget what they said, “we love you, but you can not move back into our home; hope you figure it out.” The next day I approached my employer and came clean about getting high for the past 4 moths. He suggested treatment, which I was very opposed to, but at the end of our conversation he told me that he LOVED me……I believed him, I don’t know why but I did, so the next day I had my first appointment. I was met with that same LOVE, compassion, care and understanding by the staff and other members of the support group. I started outpatient and moved into Step One and began the recovery process. Sobriety did not come easy but I had a group of people who loved me and stuck by me through the ups and downs of early recovery. I currently have 4 ½ years sober and often look back at my time spent at Pathway and get an overwhelming feeling of gratitude. The main thing that I brought away from Pathway was the ability to identify, accept, and give away the LOVE that was so freely given to me. Pathway truly helped me transform my life in a way that I never knew was possible.
I love you all
I had a really hard time getting sober when I was teenager. Step Two was the last chance that my parents gave me to go through treatment and I believe it is the best place on the face of the planet for somebody to get sober. When I showed up I was hopeless and about to completely give up on sobriety because I had gone through treatment 4 times from ages 15-17 and I just wasn’t getting it. While in Step Two I learned that I was not hopeless, how to work the steps, and that sobriety could be fun and enjoyable. I fell in love with being sober when I was there and have wanted to keep it up ever since. Today I have 11 years sober and I can always look back at my experience in Step Two when I need a reminder about what I need to do to stay sober. Step Two helped save my life and I will always be grateful for that. Thank you for loving me.
I remember the night my mom had it with me. She said, “You are getting on a plane to Phoenix with me I cannot live with you anymore, you need help.” I was so angry I felt like she was taking away my world. My life by this point was consumed with drinking, by the time I was 17 I had seen over 10 psychiatrists, been in therapy, tried every medication to try to “fix” me, sent to the mental hospital because I threatened to take my life, and two DUI charges and some other misdemeanors. I felt hopeless I acted hopeless. I didn’t see a life past 21 and I couldn’t imagine a world without drinking. Everyone in my life was about fed up with me, I was fed up with me. So my mom made the decision to send me to The Pathway Program in Phoenix from where I lived in Denver. I knew I needed help I just didn’t know how to ask for it or didn’t think I deserved to be happy. I remember my first day at Pathway vividly. It was the first time I felt hope, people welcomed me with open arms and I didn’t feel alone anymore and I haven’t since. I was able to laugh again. The Pathway Program provided me with tools to be happy and live a sober and happy life. The staff spoke my language and were actually able to get through to me and help me identify who I am through providing me with a safe, relatable and fun environment. I was able to get sober with people my age, and getting sober young isn’t easy this day in age. I was able to learn how to have fun and enjoy life. I still use what I learned in outpatient today, things like be honest, take good actions, be a first class citizen etc. I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world! I am eternally grateful for the enthusiasm, acceptance and overall love people showed me and continue to show me. I have not picked up a drink since December 1, 2010.
Thank you. I love you
I am forever grateful to the Pathway Program. My life had fallen apart as a result of my drug and alcohol abuse, and this program helped me put it back together. My parents got their daughter back, and I gained a better relationship with them than ever before. I got sober at 17, and 19 years later I am still sober, happy, and thriving with a family of my own.
The counselors are some of the most dedicated and caring professionals in the field. I worked alongside them as a counselor for nearly a decade, and it was an incredible experience. Pathway is the best of its kind-a program that actually knows how to connect with teenagers. My mother still passes along this number whenever she hears of a family in need. If you are looking for somewhere to turn, please call Pathway.
Mary Jane C.