I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the lights come on for hundreds of patients who swore themselves hopeless. In fact, since our opening, we’ve had several alumni eventually take on staff positions with the program in both operations and clinical capacities. When thinking of any complete 180-degree turnaround, the story of one alumnus quickly comes to mind. This young man walked up to our front door, begging to come in because he had reached the end of his rope. He was, by his own admission, physically, mentally and spiritually broken. Fast forward to today, he has been four years sober of all substances and owns his own construction business. He even suffered an unimaginable personal tragedy a year ago and managed to stay sober through it all because he works a program of recovery. His story is filled with hope, willingness and a message that says, “Never give up.” – Pinelands alumni coordinator
Stories of Hope and Recovery
Never Giving Up
Persevering through Pain
Donald had a severe opioid use disorder for many years. He watched his health deteriorate; he continued to experience significant loss as a result of his addiction. Donald’s mother, after witnessing her son struggle for so long, began to fall very ill. On her dying day, she asked him to make a promise that he would get clean and regain his life back. He kept that promise by entering Pinelands one week later. Despite dealing with the death of his mother and the finalizing of his divorce without family support, he never got discouraged. Through all of the pain, he persevered and overcame one obstacle after another, proving incredible resilience. He accomplished all of his treatment goals, engaged in therapy sessions and rebuilt his self confidence from the ground up. Donald proved that anybody is capable and deserving of recovery, no matter how strenuous the circumstances. Donald walked out of Pinelands expressing a profound sense of gratitude and accomplishment. – Pinelands therapist
Finding Strength After a Great Loss
Jasmine had been in and out of treatment since around the age of 13. Jasmine and her sister were in child protective services as children. In their pre-teen years, they abused drugs and alcohol, eventually adding heroin, benzodiazepines and cocaine to their list of substance use. Sadly, Jasmine’s sister committed suicide and Jasmine was the one to find her. For many years, Jasmine blamed herself for her sister’s death and struggled to cope with overwhelming feelings of grief and loss. She was in and out of treatment over 10 times. Underneath all of that pain and misery was an extremely intelligent, bright and beautiful soul with a great deal to contribute to the flow of life. She used her time at Pinelands to address those issues and set out on a new path. Now Jasmine returns to Pinelands as an Alumni Night speaker to share her experience, strength and hope. She continues to participate in AA, works productively and uses her humor and wit to manage difficulty. – Pinelands therapist
95% of Pinelands patients feel they are a better person than before their experience with addiction.