I came to the Orchard on 08 August 2010. My sobriety date is the 9th of Aug 2010.This date is very important to me, as I have not had to have a drink since. I struggled with addiction for most of my adult life. I entered into treatment of one kind or another in early 2000, not being able stay clean for any length of time. Before coming to the Orchard, I knew I had a problem, but did not know what to do about it. While working with the Orchard staff 1 on 1, in supervised group discussions, with a step coach, individual counseling and many other great programs; we were able to identify where I struggle and what my strengths are. The staff then assisted me in coming up with a plan for living. It at times was a struggle, but, solely through the time and patience of the staff, I was able to understand why I felt the way I did, what I needed to do to overcome these struggles, and continue to move forward. I participated in all aspects of the daily programs. After 42 days, I entered into the extended program, which I participated in until the 15th of December, 2010. Before leaving, we came up with an aftercare program, which I have followed, and through hard work, I am a better husband, Dad, son, employee, and a happy and contented member of my community. I could never put into words the respect and gratitude my family and I have for the Orchard and the staff for their time, patience and genuine concern. I believe my biggest asset upon arriving at the Orchard was keeping an open mind and full participation in the program. It has worked for me, and I hope it can work for you. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for giving me my life back.