I was already displaced from home, but they made me feel more at home than I could’ve ever imagined. Based on my own subjective experience with recovery, it is routine to say good-bye to all of your outside sources, especially if you’re in detox. No electronics, no use of the phone etc. Herren was very accomodating to my individual needs on a case by case basis. The family interaction was usually with one of the life coaches or a staff member. There was a scheduled phone time throughout the day. They knew how important it was to maintain a relationship with my family, friends and medical professionals. I am still in early recovery and each day that passes I am reminded how fortunate I was that I was a guest at Herren Wellness.
If it were up to me, I would’ve gone home from Herren. I remember asking Emily if she thought that I was ready. Without a second thought, she said, “No”. This was my first time in recovery, let alone at a wellness center. I am still learning the differences of half-way houses, sober houses, transitional living etc. However, I was still willing to follow the advice of a professional who was familiar with the process. She believed that I would benefit greatly from sober living. I didn’t argue with the suggestion, afterall, my life was still in someone else’s hands. We started doing the research and found an amazing women’s sober living facility on Cape Cod.