Championing Sobriety

By |February 21st, 2010|

From Self-awareness to Self-actualization

The SELF Foundation turns 17 this year and as I look back on “the old days” I see that we’ve come a long way since we began this crusade of providing substance dependents a new lease on life. I remember how much of an achievement it already was then just being able to convince cynical and untrusting individuals to give the rehab program a chance at helping them regain sobriety. Those days, there was no talk of major life accomplishments. We simply counted the days, weeks, and months that we kept sober. […]

10 Ways To Keep Your Recovery Alive

By |February 21st, 2010|

EDITOR’S NOTE: Following is the paper Martin presented at the 4th Asian Recovery Symposium for the Con­­current Workshop IV: Recovery Tools held at the Legend Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 10, 2009.

Some people in recovery think that it is enough to simply be sober. But is it really enough to simply maintain abstinence for many years? There are recovering dependents who attain sobriety but whose quality of life is that of a “dry drunk”. These are former druggies or alcoholics who go through the grieving process of losing their substance dependence but never get past the anger stage. […]

Trust Works!

By |February 21st, 2010|

1st Alumni Homecoming Keynote Speech

Good afternoon, everybody. I am Macie Imperial, a graduate of SELF. I have been sober for 10 years now and I must say it feels really good to be back here again among good friends.

Today, I was given the privilege of addressing you to talk about my years of sobriety. But, before I can do that, I will need to first tell you about the nightmare of my drug-addicted years. We all have a story, mine no worse or better than yours. I grew up in a very traditional family, the eldest among five girls. Raised by very strict and conservative parents, I could not date nor party without the usual yaya to chaperone me. […]

Oasis of life

By |February 21st, 2010|

14th Graduation Keynote Speech

During ancient times in the Middle East, people had to travel great distances over inhospitable terrain in order to conduct their business. They moved in caravans — huge expeditions of men, women and animals — to cross the huge expanse of desert in order to reach their destinations.

These caravans attracted a mixture of people. There were traders who needed to deliver and sell their goods in other lands. There were pilgrims making a spiritual journey across the sands. There were families in search of a new and better life. There were adventurers and even mercenaries. These caravans would travel hundreds of miles for many weeks or even months and, while those concerned had different reasons for being there, they were all bound by a common objective to complete the journey no matter what hardship would be encountered along the way.

A Man Don’t Know What He Can Do Until Another Man Is Hurting

By |February 21st, 2010|

13th Graduation Keynote Speech

Happy 15th anniversary to the Self Enhancement for Life Foundation! Once again I am delighted to witness another graduation program of SELF and most privileged to be asked to deliver a message on this occasion.

The 17 men and lone woman we honor today for completing the program conducted by this facility are about to embark on their most significant journey yet, one that leads them back fulltime into the bigger world beyond as they regain their rightful place in our society. They deserve our respect for the courage and perseverance they have shown in their personal struggle for sobriety. More than this, they need our constant support — that we too will be with them in their new lives.

Reaping the Fruits of Hard Work

By |February 21st, 2010|

LIFE after SELF can be hard. People have a hard time comprehending re-covering addicts. Oftentimes, there is a stigma that comes along with sharing this event in your life with others. I’ve observed that people who are able to overcome life’s hardships without the need for intervention cannot seem to fathom what it is like to be in rehab. I think the last thing they would expect is that people graduating from a program would exhibit a mature, value-driven enthusiasm for life.

During the first few months of my integration in my new college environment, I felt that I was being judged as incapable of displaying such behavior. Perhaps most residents reintegrating with society will experience this. But SELF, in fact, has molded me into a responsible and passionate individual ready to take in the good things life has to offer. I feel God has graced me with these gifts in my newfound life.

No Shortcuts to a Place Worth Going To

By |February 21st, 2010|

AS the most senior member of the graduating class, I am honored to deliver tonight’s graduation speech. I was chosen not because I am the oldest person in the class but because I have been in the program for 36 months now. Yes, this has been my long process here in SELF but, to tell you frankly, I would not have it any other way.

Before I came to SELF my life was a total mess. I lost the trust of my loved ones and exhausted every drop of love and support they had to offer. I have been to several rehabs but, strangely, nothing worked. I continued to abuse myself in my drug taking habit thinking it was just a phase I had to go through. […]

No Free Lunch

By |February 21st, 2010|

Editor’s Note: After graduating from the SELF Program, Paul pursued a course in BS Psychology at Southville University. In his article, he recounts his experience in taking his final examinations in sobriety.

I woke up at 6:00 AM. It was dark, quiet and everyone was asleep. I made myself a cup of coffee and grabbed my textbook to study some more. I had already covered the chapters that our class discussed but, somehow, I was dissatisfied. I had an exam in three hours and though I felt I was quite ready I wanted to be sure. […]

Life After SELF

By |February 21st, 2010|

EDITOR’S NOTE: Patrick graduated from the SELF Program in 2005 and has since established a business producing soap. After volunteering to oversee the Aftercare program for a year, Patrick was formally appointed as its Supervisor in 2006. In his article, he recounts his own post-treatment experience as well as those of his peers.

As a SELF graduate and Supervisor of the Aftercare program, I make sure that the group keeps its commitment to meet every Friday. In addition, we have also undertaken to all go up and meet in the facility when most of the staff are at the monthly FAM to support the staff who remain. […]

Endings and Beginnings

By |February 21st, 2010|

Ironically, coming out of SELF to begin my school activities was the second hardest thing I had to endure next to my being admitted to rehab. After going through a whirlwind of difficult emotions adjusting to the house rules and the hardships that come with TC life, one would think I would have been glad to leave SELF in a heartbeat. […]