My name is David and I would like to take a moment to tell you about my experience at Pacific Hills Treatment Center in San Clemente, California. First allow me to tell you a bit about myself. I was born and raised in North Eastern Pennsylvania, my mom raised five kids by herself. We were brought up in the church and by age 13 I wanted to go to Bible College and be a preacher. Events in and out of the church carved out a much different path for me and by 16 I was headed down a self-destructive path that would take me another twenty years to acknowledge. I finally hit a bottom in 1996 and reached out for help, it would be a long journey of long-term sobriety and relapse.
By the time I reached Pacific Hills in the spring of 2005 I was very angry with God. I had tried desperately to avoid the one common denominator that all twelve steps programs have in common, GOD. Pacific Hills offered a Bible tract in their program, which by this time I was willing to revisit. The combination of the Bible track, along with a well-trained and caring staff of individuals who genuinely cared about me, opened doors that had been closed long ago.
Intense one-on-one and group counseling allowed me to address issues left untreated all my life. The atmosphere of family and camaraderie encouraged by the staff among the clients made it easy to connect and form bonds with others. Not neglecting the physical aspects of recovery I have found memories of volleyball games at the beach where we were able to blow off a little steam and have some fun.
I would like to tell you that I was able to maintain sobriety ever since walking out of Pacific Hills. However, that’s not the case. I still had to struggle with my relationship with God for a time and put into practice what I learned at Pacific Hills. After a few short missteps I was finally able to process what I was missing. I had tried the twelve-step program without God and then God without the twelve-step program. Pacific Hills taught me I needed both and how to practically apply these principals in my life. Today I have a life better than my wildest expectations and a relationship with God that absolutely rocks! I thank you Pacific Hills for your love and patience but most of all for my permanent recovery from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body.