My son was a patient at Hotel California by the Sea. Like most addicts he has co-occurring disorders that lead to drug abuse. He has been to many rehabilitation facilities that have promised to focus not only on the substance abuse but also the underlying issues that lead to the addiction. Unfortunately, most of those facilities only focused on the drug abuse but the staff at Hotel California went above and beyond any expectation that I had of them.
Aaron facilitated the admissions process, which may seem simple to some but when you are dealing with someone who is not thinking clearly it can be quite an undertaking. We do not live in California and my son was taking lethal doses of drugs throughout the day and I could not find him. Aaron checked in with me everyday in and out of the office to reassure me that there is hope and that they would be ready for him night or day. It was amazing to me that he had so much compassion for someone he had never met.
My son’s detox was horrible and Greg who was one of the ones involved in that process. If it were not for Greg, my son would have left during that phase and probably would have died. The whole detox team is compassionate and extremely patient.
His case manager, Nancy is an amazing person. He really tried to push Nancy away because she figured him out and he felt vulnerable. She truly cares about her patients and is willing to go above and beyond to make sure they are getting what they need. When my son was stepping to the next phase of recovery where they are a little bit more independent, Nancy offered to take him to the grocery store because what he was buying was unhealthy and he needed to learn about basic nutrition. This is just one of the many examples I could share about what a kind and caring person she is and how she would over all aspects of his care.
I do not even know where to begin with Roman. He is a wonderful person; he took Curtis under his wing and has been one of the most influential people in his life. Curtis has not been a patient there for close to a year now. As I mentioned above, we live in a different state but that doesn’t stop Roman from reaching out to him. Roman has become one of the most precious people in my son’s life. Without Romans unfailing encouragement and strength, I believe that Curtis would have given up. My son has traveled down some pretty dark paths but Roman walks along side of him, redirecting him.
He is still emotionally connected to them and I think he always will be. It felt like home to him. A place where he can share his feelings (which is extremely difficult for him), a place where people care about him even though he kept trying to push them away.
I have been to all of the facilities where he has been a patient and a few where I was just supporting friends. I have talked to hundreds of people over the years that struggle with addiction, including family members or friends trying to support or guide a loved one with an addiction. It is a horrible disease that not only affects the addict but also affects the people that love them. On numerous occasions the staff has been there to support and guide me. I have never been in my son’s situation so I don’t know what is best for him at times. They were not only there for my son but me as well. There is no other place like Hotel California.
I am so grateful that my son had the opportunity to be a patient at Hotel California. He is alive because of everyone involved in his care there. Recovery takes a strong team of individuals with different personalities but they all are passionate about what they do and have the same goal in mind. They took the time to not only listen but they reassured him he is cared about and recovery is absolutely possible.