I arrived at Acqua on Feb 13, 2017, a broken person filled with anxiety, depression and fear. I was suicidal and was struggling with wanting to live. My life circumstances had become extremely unmanageable, and I suffered from shame and guilt. Today I sit atop a mountain range on a resident hike four weeks after arriving filled with hope, faith and acceptance. The staff at Acqua has been very compassionate, and have helped me deal with my emotions and life challenges. My therapist took the time to get to know me and helped me dig deep into myself to deal with post trauma, my addiction and restored my confidence in my recovery. I have found my faith again in my higher power.
The program at Acqua is very well structured with a group and individual therapy throughout the day and evening. We are kept busy and focused every day to help all of us heal. The program addresses physical, mental and spiritual health.
I have been struggling with alcohol addiction for the past seven years. Many detox’s, hospitals, residential treatments and jail are part of my story. At one point, I managed to be sober for 2 ½ years through working the AA program and eventually relapsed. That started a 15-month downward slide with three relapses and greater consequences with each. I spent six months in jail and when released drank for one week at attempted suicide. I spent six days in ICU on life support; I was granted my life back and came to Acqua.
Being at Acqua has helped to heal me, and I still have much work to do. Acqua helped to restore my hope, faith and love.