"I was speaking with my AA sponsor the other day and the subject of Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center came up, because I was telling him I don't think I'd be sober if it wasn't for the people at Touchstone. He asked if I'd ever told you guys that, and of course I have not.
I've been sober for 13 months now, and it really hasn't been that much of a struggle. I credit working my AA program, and my experiences at Touchstone.
As you're aware, I stayed with you guys several times, and before Touchstone I'd been in multiple other facilities. I can't put my finger on what it is, but there's something unique about Touchstone, and I knew you guys could help me. I didn't know what it was going to take, but I knew it was there, so I kept coming back.
I thought alcohol was my problem. Actually, being a non-functioning alcoholic is a huge problem, but Touchstone helped me figure out that alcoholism is only a symptom. Once I started addressing my mental issues and worked on how I interacted with people, the drinking became much easier to address. None of the other recovery centers gave me that awareness, and certainly didn't try to address it. The counselors at Touchstone didn't just help me develop awareness of my core problems, they also worked with me; hacking at them from every angle to figure out what was going to work and what wasn't.
Thank you for being willing to let me work through things in my own way, and allowing me to stay beyond the 90 days this last time. Even though I really didn't want to stay, JD was able to show my wife and I that it was the best thing to do, (I think if JD had his way I'd have been there at least a year). Between JD and Monica I always felt secure that they were really looking out for me. I came to think of JD as more of a friend than just a counselor, and I think he understood me better than I was able to understand myself. Also, my wife always loved Monica. I'm unable to simply accept things that are told to me, (heck, you and I have had a couple disagreements). JD understood that and would often provide me with materials to do my own research and come to my own conclusions, which was vital to my understanding, acceptance, and recovery.
I'm not drinking, and I've become mostly accepting of life on life's terms. I don't worry about things, and feel like I've found my own version of serenity. That's not to say everything is hunky dory; I'm still not working, and I'm unsure what to do with the rest of life. My background is in Technical Program Management, and I can say for sure I don't want to go back to that anxiety inducing maelstrom. Given my personal experiences, I have put some thought into starting my own recovery center or some kind of addiction focused nonprofit, going back to school to study neuroscience seems interesting, or maybe I'll just become a Walmart Greeter. I may not be sure what I want to do, but I do know that as long as I'm sober anything is possible, including fulfillment and joy.
I'm thankful for the help I received at Touchstone, and I'm convinced that no other place could have helped me. So thank you for being there.
Thank you so much for allowing me to go to Family Weekend. It was amazing! I’m still taking deep breaths and saying “WOW”. I learned so much!
I can’t thank you enough for everything you and everyone at Touchstone Ranch has done for Brad, me and my family. You have been wonderful to work with and I’m so grateful for the experience. If there’s ever any way I can help someone that’s asking for referrals, etc. please feel free to use me as a reference.
Thanks again so much!
"Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center completely saved my life, before I made my decision to come here I was completely lost I was the most selfish, angry, scared, person I could be. I was also one of the biggest liars you had ever met. My thought process was really messed up. I almost lost everything; my family, who is most important in my life. I would have ended up dead, if not physically dead, emotionally and spiritually. I had no relationship with God what so ever. I was living life like a bump on a log, all I wanted to do was to use drugs and drink alcohol. I was pretty much a slave, they completely controlled me. Making all the wrong decisions, I was in control of my life, or at least thought I was. Coming to Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center really changed the way that I am going to live my life; knowing now that I do have a choice. I choose to stay sober one day at a time; Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center taught me the knowledge I need to go out in the world and stay sober. The most important thing they taught me was when I was in control I was making all the wrong decisions; to give my thought and actions to a higher power. The counselors are awesome people, some of the smartest, most caring, and loving people I have ever met. If you are ready to get sober, Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center is the place you need to be. The staff and counselors are all willing to give their all to help you. I have the confidence now that I never had to live a loving sober life.
"The most beneficial part of the program to me was my counselor. God worked through my counselor! I liked that Touchstone is supportive about going to outside meetings and plan to continue using Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I have gained respect for myself and put myself back on the right track.
"I came to Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center with the expectation that I would be able to stop drinking again and restart my recovery following a brief relapse after nearly three years of sobriety. What I got here I never could have anticipated. I was able to discover a strength within myself that I never knew existed and came to completely believe that my past and my mistakes do not define me. I became hopeful, possibly for the first time ever, that my future could be better and that I don’t have to merely exist, I can live. I found God, my higher power, again and have been able to come to rely upon him for strength, courage, and comfort. Pushing through my fears, I have found myself and can now not only look the world in the eye, but more importantly, I can look myself in the eye. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity I have had to grow and experience love from people who have truly cared about me and kept faith in me without giving up until I could have faith in myself.
"Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center is not just about alcohol and drug addiction it is about the people here, who are willing to help others find a new way to recreate their lives sober one day at a time. You can find the serenity, peace and personal freedom you’ve always wanted! The horses, cows, goats, donkeys, puppies, and blue sky are the biggest plus here besides the smiles.
"I have been to other treatment centers, but I’m glad I came back to Touchstone and made the right decision. I have learned how to properly deal with grief. I also now think logically about stuff using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The fact that the treatment plan are are around my needs and that Touchstone has such a structured environment is extremely beneficial to my recovery. I am so glad that CBT was implemented into the program and plan to continue going to meetings.
"I have learned so much at Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center. Here you are not just a number but a person. The people who work here really do care, and put their all into making sure you know it! It has been a wonderful learning experience. I have been to another recovery center in the past and didn’t learn as much as I have here. The groups are intimate, small, and your questions are welcomed. It is a safe place and I have been loved for who I am with open arms. I had to move on in my recovery and I really hated leaving. The people at Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center have become my family; I loved it there.
"I’ve been through rehab after rehab and never have I been so genuinely cared about and loved as I have been here by all the people at Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center. I came in here totally broken, with such a void and sense of hopelessness I didn’t even recognize myself any more! I found hope here! Through the help of staff and fellow addicts like myself I was able to find recovery; and know there’s a huge difference between being sober and being in recovery! Recovery is what you find here at Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center. I am leaving here full of hope, happiness, and a sense of self I haven’t had in over 10 years! I can honestly say not only did Touchstone Ranch save my life but they showed me how to finally live and not just exist, and for that I will be eternally grateful. I can only say Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center is truly a blessed place. The minute you pull through the gates you feel a sense of acceptance and security you will not get anywhere else.” “Love is freedom, freedom is love and you will find that freedom here… I know I did!
"I no longer put my substance above the value of my life, and am no longer haunted by past traumas. I have hope for the future and believe in myself. Without the supportive staff I would have never learned to trust people again. I’ve learned that people do care and want the best for you. The community at Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center is amazing because it doesn’t matter if you have been here a long time or are new, everyone becomes a family.
"Debbie Knauss is my angel along with the staff at Touchstone Ranch Recovery Center. Throughout my stay at the ranch, I have been treated like I were a part of one big family. During my stay, I have transitioned into a completely different person. Today, I get to help people, give back to the community, coach, exercise, and more, while carrying my head up high. I have been supported by TRRC through accountability and love. I’ve been able to accomplish any obstacle and have done things I never thought I would’ve done. My relationship with my family has been restored. Amazing things are coming at me from all angles. Everything I have today is a gift from God…. I love TRRC and thank them for getting me back on track in life!