Bay Area Recovery Center -
I wanted to let you know how much we appreciate Bay Area Recovery Center. You guys are amazing in what you do. You’re a beacon of hope for so many struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. You sacrifice so much of yourselves to help others in need, not ever asking of anything. I don’t know what the future holds but I know Brandon has a better chance because of ya’ll. You never gave up on him, took him in under your wings and guided him these last few months. The transformation is such an answer to prayer. Our prayers were answered when we were searching for a place to help Brandon. I am so thankful to the lord because on that October night I prayed he would show his face to Brandon and he did. I am so thankful for your advice to not enable him, to let him know he could not stay at our house any longer. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. My heart was so broken but then he made the choice to go to Bay Area Recovery Center. I knew at that moment the lord was with him and there was hope.
As a parent it is so hard to see your child in such pain. To see that drugs have such a powerful control over their lives. I never realized the control until I saw him lose everything and to see the devastating effects of the drugs on his mind. This was my child, the sweet, sweet boy who always was respectful and a joy to be around. What happened to that person? How could I help him? How could I get him back? I finally realized I was helpless and that it was up to Brandon. My help was enabling. As a parent, I wanted to make things right. I didn’t want to see him suffer. I didn’t want to see him lose everything. I wanted to protect him from devastation. I know now that the only person to help Brandon, is Brandon. He has to rely on the lord, to make a commitment to stay sober everyday. I hate the disease and what it does. I can’t imagine the battle/struggle inside him. He has to face it everyday, just like all those at the recovery center. I have found out that we as parents don’t talk about the disease, we often suffer in silence. Just like Brandon had to admit his powerlessness over the addiction. I had to acknowledge and admit my powerlessness over his addiction too. I had to read books to try and understand it. I had to talk about it instead of keeping it bottled up. I have learned to live one day at a time myself. Many, many lessons have been learned by this nightmare, many positive things. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but I do know how precious each day is and I do know the Bay Area Recovery Center is an amazing place that offers a refuge, a new beginning, hope, strength, courage and enlightenment to all those who seek sobriety. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are truly remarkable and truly humble in your service to others. As you make such a difference in the lives of those seeking help. I cannot express enough gratitude. May God Bless you always.