When I arrived at Farrell House I was greeted by the administrator and counselor; they didn’t treat me as if I was broken, desperate or sad. I was treated as if they had known me my entire life. During my 28 days there I was treated like family — a stern but loving and understanding family; the family I had always needed. They made me understand and see that my damage wasn’t my fault. Through the meetings…well they call them meetings but in reality, they are classes on how important you are to yourself and how you have the power to glue the broken pieces together. I say glue because we will always have cracks and scars but now they make us stronger and we shine brighter than we ever thought possible. Actually I never even knew I could shine at all.
My addictions have haunted me for 28 years of my life; 28 years of prescription drug abuse started with anxiety and depression medications. I was always terrified of going to rehab because I knew it was going to take away what I loved the most, drugs. I had no idea or concept how to constructively live any part of my life without them, I was terrified. To sit here now and actually put this in words makes me quite emotional. The comradery at Farrell is every where in the house: scheduled rise and shine, chores, and great food. I witnessed some clients shut down and rebel. The counselors are beyond aware of everyone as an individual and a group. There a is a lot to say about the down to earth approach that Farrell has. You’re not on a vacation, you’re in a facility that cares more about you than what the view is from your room.
My great accomplishments in the past five years emotionally, spiritually and socially are deep lessons that Farrell taught me. You truly have to apply what they teach you; you have to want it for you and only you. Farrell taught me to be the person I never knew existed inside of me. Thank you Farrell! Now I exist and I am unstoppable.
When I got to Farrell Treatment I was alone, scared, hopeless. I really didn’t want to go on anymore. As soon as I got there I felt something different. This place wasn’t like any of the other treatment centers I had been to. It had a family type atmosphere. I felt like a person and not a number. While there I was educated on my disease and worked on some of my mental illness. The longer I was there the feelings I came with started to subside. I never felt anything less than love during my time here. When I was released I was told to not hesitate to come back if I needed to. After I left I acquired around 9 months of clean time. More than any other attempt at recovery I had in past. I truly believe that Farrell Treatment played a massive role in that.
When it was time to go back to treatment I was sure Farrell was the place for me to go. When I got there for the second time the staff remembered who I was and welcomed me back with open arms. Once again felt nothing but love. Anyone that asks me where I recommend for treat I always say Farrell is my one and only recommendation. Farrell holds a very special place in my heart. I still volunteer my time there by working to bring in NA meetings to the clients on a regular basis. I love this place. Definitely the place to be to start out you recovery.
I’ve been to Farrell twice. Once when I was 19 the other when I was 28, that’s a big gap.
The staff actually cares. They want to see you do better. The groups are no joke and dive into root cause and solutions. The after care is amazing. The fact they don’t just grow you out is amazing. They will find somewhere safe for you to go. The I.O.P saved me because now I was out on my own and going 3 days a week with people like myself and a Clinician who cares and really helped me stay on a narrow path. I even worked at Farrell for a few months and it was still just how I remember. It is because of Farrell I have 5 years clean and sober.
What Farrell means to me. Let me start by first telling you Farrell phone number has always been in my phone not as Farrell House it was Farrell Home
When I came to Farrell in 2010 I was sick, frail and beaten down as I never have been in my life. I was unemployed and unemployable. Penniless and feeling worthless
I was taught of addiction and sobriety. They helped me find myself. I started realizing I was not worthless. Farrell is such a very special place to me. I owe the Farrell House and staff a ton gratitude.
Farrell is a very unique place. The staff cares and there is a special feeling of the building and it’s history. I’m alive and well today with the Love from Farrell.
I always wanted to work at Farrell but my self-esteem would not allow me to even ask. Recently I celebrated 8 years sobriety and two years working for Farrell. I have a job I love and It doesn’t feel like work to me.
When I speak of Farrell I get goosebumps …that says what I can’t say.