Wish Recovery Provides the Perfect Transition from a Perfect Life of Drinking to Perfect Sober Living for a Middle Age Woman.
Case Study: Overcoming Addiction with the Help of Wish Recovery.
Harriet's experience at Wish Recovery highlights the effectiveness of a comprehensive, personalized approach to addiction treatment. By addressing the underlying factors that contribute to addiction and providing a supportive community for individuals in recovery, Wish Recovery can help individuals like Harriet achieve long-lasting sobriety and a better quality of life.
Despite her grappling with alcohol use disorder, Harriet N. will be the first to tell you that her life for the last 46 years has been pleasant and full of rich experiences and abounding love. The story of Harriet is one of courage, resilience, and hope, but her drinking is more than a vice. Since her flirtatious days of adolescence, her co-dependent relationship with alcohol took her down a road she knew would get the best of her. Much of her dismay came from self-inflicted wounds of shamefacedness and cloak-and-dagger behavior around family and friends as she tried to conceal the extent of her private drinking life.
Others knew she drank too much, but no one knew how much.
A long-time drinker since high school, Harriet. increased her drinking significantly after college when she worked as a ski patroller, for which drinking was the “norm.” But the climax of her drinking came during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a foot injury preventing her from going out on top of mandates for social distancing and isolation, a disabled Harriet became exceedingly reliant on alcohol for comfort and coping with her mobility disability and the grim state of the world. Harriet said, “I was stuck immobile at home, and so I drank, and
when I was done drinking, I would drink some more.”
But the effects of Harriet’s drinking were becoming increasingly apparent, with the depths of her alcoholism veiled by ambiguity from her loved ones. She had begun gaining weight, her liver enzymes elevated, her patience threshold degenerating, and her temper terrible. Harriet would go to extreme lengths to plan her activities from day to day to fit around her addictive behavior, which included the procurement of alcohol, stashing the liquor when necessary, or ensuring that the amount of time between drinks was kept as brief as possible. Harriet was exceptionally functional and worked full-time. Still, her family and partner had no idea of the astounding level of her alcoholic consumption. Harriet said, “My family and partner knew I drank more than I should, but I was hiding quite a bit more drinking than they knew about.“
Disillusioned by her perceived high functionality she knew she needed intervention.
No one knew how Harriet began consuming several bottles of wine daily, which only exacerbated deep feelings of self-pity and a lacerating shame in her soul, continually gazing at the reality of her addiction. She felt as if she was disappointing her family. She confessed, “I was also disgusted with myself,” as she relinquished her self-control in many arenas, but she recalls that “what upset me so much was that I just didn't care.”
Harriet said she had gotten to a point where she couldn't tolerate herself. She was stuck in a pattern of self-destructive behavior. Feeling disgusted and desperate to find a solution, Harriet reached out to one of her father’s friends, who once had severe alcohol use disorder but quit drinking to change his life. She called him randomly one day, and he proved to be a great listener and source of support. Harriet knew she would tell her family and partner within hours or days of her choice to enter detox and rehab voluntarily. With an invigorating and empowering shower of love and support, Harriet soon found herself at Wish Recovery’s door.
The hardest thing to do became the best decision she ever made.
The affirmation that Wish Recovery was the right choice for Harriet’s rehabilitation was validated with each passing day of her stay on the sumptuous grounds. Still, the definitive moments of realization were the experiential customized, compassionate care and effective science-backed and holistic therapies, making Wish Recovery stand out as one of the best luxury dual diagnosis treatment centers. With a welcoming atmosphere and resort-style amenities, the staff at Wish Recovery provided Harriet with the exact level and quality of care she needed to begin her journey to sobriety.
Her treatment focused on providing Harriet with a comprehensive and tailored care plan, with evidence-based treatments to help her address the root causes of her addiction. But in addition to traditional substance abuse treatments, Wish Recovery also provides their clients with alternative treatments, such as sound therapy, hypnotherapy, and massage therapy, to help them on their journey to recovery.
The staff at Wish Recovery was with Harriet every step of the way, providing her with 24/7 clinical care and a boutique concierge service. With the support of the staff and the amenities available, Harriet could relax and focus wholly on her recovery.
Harriet found that psychoeducation given by the on-site clinicians was instrumental in her healing and growth at Wish Recovery. She received individual and group therapy, which she considers life-changing. Harriet said, “Wish tries to hook people in various ways through the different types of groups offered,” and “they are science-based, which hit home.”
A 30-day commitment with lifelong benefits.
Harriet has learned and gained so much from her rehabilitation that she finds it hard to pinpoint and list all the tools. She uses them with ease of utility that the various coping mechanisms and psychological tricks she said are so “commonplace in [her] everyday thinking that [she] forget [she’s] doing them.”
Harriet has better understood what gaslighting is and how its unsolicited installation in her life was victimizing her. She is now able to recognize and ignore such manipulation when it occurs. Harriet is now much better equipped to handle difficult situations and is working hard to stay on the path to sobriety.
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction
Harriet found at Wish Recovery the courage to contravene her previous commitments to the cyclical influence of addiction by altering the nature of her thoughts. She can address automatic cognitive responses and disrupt destructive thought patterns. She knows her triggers and what works to help her avoid reactivating them.
The Power of Setting Boundaries
Harriet believes that the most important lesson she has learned from Wish Recovery is the necessity of establishing, maintaining, and reinforcing boundaries. She admits that doing this has always been challenging, even before rehab, but these limitations are non-negotiable during her recovery.
Harriet recognizes that she is a “work in progress,” but through the rehab’s aftercare services, which keep her a mere phone call away from Wish Recovery, Harriet knows that some days will be
more difficult than others. But regular Zoom calls with other graduates from the program, success stories ingrained in her mind of the tales told by peers, and the fear of returning to the same poor quality of life she had before keep Harriet connected to the memory, lessons, experiences, and the promise of Wish Recovery to be there.