Astoria Pointe Gave Me the Strength to Recover
When I arrived at Astoria Pointe, I was close to my last straw, I had lost everything. Not so much material things but most important I lost myself. I wasn't playing football anymore. Astoria Pointe taught me that I don't have to be who I was yesterday. The tools I was taught at Astoria Pointe I still use today. I met people who now I'm very close friends with.
Astoria Pointe gave me the strength to look in the mirror each day, and it saved my life. I am so thankful for Astoria Pointe, and I cant explain how great my life is now. I'm playing ball again. I don't know how I could ever thank the people who work there, and I will always be blessed I went to Astoria Pointe.
-Matt, Astoria Pointe Alumni 2017
I Came a Broken Man and Left Whole
On April 8, 2014 I walked (or crawled) into Astoria Pointe a broken and suicidal man. After 40 years of drugging and drinking, I had had enough, but I didn’t know what to do. I had never been to treatment before and I had no idea what to expect. After a couple of days in a detox bed, I started going to groups and then outside AA meetings. The first Sunday there, we had two doctors come in and do a presentation on how we alcoholics are different than “normal” people. That day I finally understood why I couldn’t stop the madness of everyday drinking. I was an Alcoholic.
Going to AA meetings gave me hope. The groups I was going to gave me valuable tools to succeed in life, life as an alcoholic in recovery. They taught me how to find my own spirituality, and how to make it work for me. The relapse prevention group taught me how to build a support group with family and with others just like me. Who knew, there were others just like me. My time at Astoria Pointe gave me everything that I needed to live an alcohol-free life. All I needed was to be willing. From the bottom of my heart, I thank Astoria Pointe. My wife and adult children thank Astoria Pointe for giving us a life that we didn’t think possible. My sobriety date is still 4/8/2014, the day I walked in the doors.
-David W., Astoria Pointe Alumni 2014
I Love Life Again
Two years ago today I was on a plane to go to my very first treatment facility in Astoria, Oregon from Anchorage, Alaska. I let doctors continue to give me prescriptions for years and kept telling myself I would never get addicted and that I didn't have an addictive behavior. The people at Sunspire Astoria Pointe helped me through one thing at a time. I believe what helped me most was the education and understanding that I did not need medication to cope with chronic pain and anxiety or my hyperactivity. I did have multiple surgeries, which included both knees being replaced. I had been on pain medication for about 15 years along with two different anxiety medications and later ADHD medication. Add alcohol to that and eventually I didn't know what I was doing and pretty much lost my mind and my husband, who I had reconciled with on my return to Anchorage 45 days later.
It only took me two and a half months to find a legal assistant/paralegal job, and I bought a used 10-year old vehicle three months after that. I also took a vacation and went to New York, where I am from, to see all my relatives I hadn't seen in almost 25 years. I spent three weeks there reconnecting and helping my recovery. No one in my family or even close friends from my hometown ever had any idea that I had went through what I did. I love life again and spend time with my friends now and can do that without the use of drugs and alcohol. Thank you so very much Astoria Pointe.
-Shona E., Astoria Pointe Alumni 2015