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Discovering the Ways of the Faith

By |February 21st, 2010|

TIME FLIES! That was the only thought running through my mind as I boarded a plane bound for the Philippines from the United States last February 27, 2009. I was on my way home after being away for two years.

So many emotions were going through me. There were feelings of happiness, excitement and even anxiety. I had been away for two years now and was excited to see my partner, Vickie. I was also looking forward to visiting my second home — SELF.
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You Must Remain Resolute, Unwavering

By |February 21st, 2010|

Today has made me realize that time indeed does breeze through.

For most of you who are graduating today, it has been an average of one and a half to two years stay in the program, while in the case of my son Joey it has been a while longer. However short or long your stay has been, what is important is your having completed your rehabilitation program and are now ready to enter a new phase in your life.

As you excitingly await your return to your families, take time to look back at what your loved ones have sacrificed and have had to go through. Here I do not refer to the financial load they have had to carry for you to complete your program.
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Three Moms Find Out

By |February 21st, 2010|

Ever wondered what it’s really like to be in rehab?

THE buzz was going around. Three moms — Margie, Fely and Cookie — are going on a five-day immersion program! For the first time in SELF history, all three are going in as residents. So, good luck ladies!
Well, luck was not really what we needed. This we discovered in the process. It was more a sense of determination. Our ways were filled with trepidation, confusion, anger, anxiety, conformity … well, let us tell you more … […]

The Tables have been Turned

By |February 21st, 2010|

When my husband and I took our son Peejo to SELF in August 2004, we were determined to have him undergo the complete program. Strengthened by our faith, we set our minds to accept whatever process we would have to face and never wavered about it. I never thought that our family would ever be plagued by a problem like drugs. I have to admit that I felt lost and devastated during the first few months of Peejo’s confinement. At the monthly Family Association Meetings (FAM), I would share my grief with other family members. It was truly a relief to know that my husband and I were not alone. […]

God’s TC

By |February 21st, 2010|

A Co-Dependent’s Testimony

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) This was the bible verse I quoted when I spoke during my trust walk the first time I attended the FAM. I told those present during that meeting that God has a reason why I was in SELF and reminded everyone that blessed is the man whose trust is in God. (Psalm 84:12) […]

Continuum of Care

By |February 21st, 2010|

In one of the FAM meetings early this year, Martin gave a seminar on the Continuum of Care, a post-treatment program offered by SELF for those in Reentry and Aftercare. He stressed the importance of establishing the principles governing this approach in the home setting. I liked the fact that the program was to be established in consonance with the resident, his family and the SELF program. I personally felt that this was absolutely necessary as residents will need a continuity of direction after leaving their structured life at SELF.
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School of Life

By |February 21st, 2010|

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the FAM keynote address of Gigi Reyes during the 14th Graduation Ceremonies of SELF on May 23, 2009.

I was requested to give a few words tonight for the 14th Graduation Ceremonies on behalf of the families behind their loved ones who have spent some of the most meaningful, life-changing and memorable years of their lives in this facility. The request for me to speak on this occasion evoked so many memories and mixed feelings in me. Foremost was the disbelief that my son’s graduation was actually happening. I looked back and could not believe that it has been more than two and a half years since my own son, David, entered SELF in October 2006. […]

Importance of Family Intervention

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study V

BARRY was admitted to SELF on July 12, 2008 at the age of 18 due to suspected mood disorder, an alcohol problem, and suicidal behavior. Barry had no background with any kind of drugs but his behavior was somewhat similar to that of a drug-dependent. Six months prior to his admission, Barry was brought to the psychiatric unit of The Medical City Hospital for a week as he was becoming violent and was displaying odd behaviors. He was given 75 mg. of Effexor (Venlafaxine) to be taken at bedtime. […]

Inducing a key breakthrough

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study IV

Ruel was admitted to SELF on September 15, 2007 at the age of 24 due to substance abuse, paranoia and hallucinations. He had been abusing methamphetamines on and off for the last eight years. Two weeks prior to his admission, Ruel had asked for his father’s help as he could no longer cope with paranoid delusions that a camera was filming him around the clock. In response, his father immediately brought him to The Medical City hospital. There, Ruel was diagnosed with psychosis secondary to methamphetamine dependence. He was prescribed Zyprexa, and shortly before his transfer to SELF, it was discontinued.
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Turning Points and Milestones

By |February 21st, 2010|

Clinical Case Study III

Victor is a 23 year old male who was diagnosed to be both drug and alcohol dependent. His drugs of choice were shabu (methamphetamine) and marijuana, but he had tried other drugs such as downers, cocaine, ecstasy, cough syrups, Valiums and Ketamine. He would also mix these drugs with beer or gin.

A child out of wedlock, Victor refused to have anything to do with his father. He grew up with his mother and 40-year-old brother. His family had long planned to put him in rehab but never had the courage to do so.
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