Barry K. – Englewood, CA

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I came to The River Source as part of a intervention from my father. I had spent the last 14 months laying on a couch getting drunk and was lucky to be alive. I had caused much pain to all those who truly loved me. I don’t believe I chose The River Source. It chose me. From the moment I arrived, I knew i was in for something special. I was very physically sick. Through the use of holistic medicine, I.V. bags, amino acids and valium, I was quickly restored to health. Then came the task of building my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This is a work in progress. I have been in treatment four prior times. Never was so much emphasis lace on the first step of Alcoholics Anonymous. Powerlessness and unmanageability have been much of the focus of my entire stay at The River Source. For not only am I powerless over alcohol, I am also powerless over everything happening around me. When I try to take power and control over these things, my life immediately becomes the second and third step of A.A. I probably would have left way too early. By learning to have faith and trust in God, I was able to ask for help and avoid making the ultimate decision to leave. Which would have led to drinking again. My life now has a glimmer of hope. I still have moments of self will run riot, but through the tough suggestions of my life coach, counselor and peers, God provides me with a slightly enhanced sense of honesty, open mindedness and willingness, through persistence of these new found qualities and continued work on steps four through twelve of A.A., long term permanent sobriety is no longer just a dream. It can become a reality one day at a time. God will provide if I do his work well. If anyone is suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction as I am, I will definitely suggest that they look into The River Source. The approach offered by this facility is unparalleled. I say this not from a feeling of invincibility, but from a level of experience. I am and always will be grateful for the gifts The River Source has given me. To quote the A.A. Big Book “And though perhaps he came to scoff, he may remain to pray”