“Dr. Horn,
I want to thank you for your wonderful presentation the other day. Your information and your delivery were spectacular. Frankly, I wish I had had a recorder on hand, as it’s difficult to remember all you said… I just wanted to thank you for your dedication and enthusiasm with regard to addressing brain disease. Incredible information.”

Mary F.

Lesli

We’re going to get you where you need to go so you can have the life you want again.

I had a completely different life before alcohol became an issue for me. My husband of over thirty years and I have three girls. We didn’t raise our family with substances in our home. There were no drugs, no alcohol, no smoking… none of those kind of things.

I was fifty years old when alcohol became an issue for me. I just happened at a fluke go out with some friends doing a celebration and I took a drink, and it all went downhill fast for me. I have a physical condition that makes my body absorb alcohol quickly and, because of that, I could get blackout drunk very, very quickly.

My family was devastated by my drinking. I wasn’t seeing it at the time. I didn’t think I had a problem. Eventually, there was a fire at my home and I was inside blacked out from drinking too much alcohol. I woke up in the emergency room and my girls were crying. And I wondered “How did I get here? What happened?” My family was saying, “We want you back. We want mom back. I want my wife back.” That’s when I decided to seek treatment for alcoholism.

My recovery has made things stronger than even before I had the addiction. We were always a very close-knit family, but I think going through addiction gave us all a different perspective. Maybe I shielded my girls too much from it because I grew up with addiction. I didn’t want that for my family. Going through this is giving us all a greater empathy for people who do struggle, whether it’s with mental illness or chemical dependency.

Now, I’m an Admissions Coordinator at Rimrock. I absolutely love it. I work with people who are seeking recovery every day and I take that responsibility very seriously because I know the person who helped me when I needed that in Admissions. I still remember her name. I still remember her kindness and her compassion. And, I want everybody to feel that they are in a safe place. We’re going to get you the help we need, you need. We’re going to get you where you need to go so you can have that life that you want again. And, that’s important to me. Just to be that person that offers them a little bit of hope and a lot of compassion and a lot of non-judgmental empathy. You develop a different empathy when you’ve gone through it.

For anyone considering making the call for help, don’t wait. If you have any kind of concern or that gut instinct that says something’s not right, you need to make that call. You need to trust yourself and trust the fact you love this person and you’re only seeking the best for them.

For me, Rimrock is recovery.

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