Take Care of Today

By |August 10th, 2010|

IT was in November of last year that I set out from SELF to pursue my education in Communication Arts at the University of De La Salle Canlubang, the school I had attended before being admitted to SELF. It was both an exciting and daunting step for my recovery. The prospect of going back to my old stomping ground stirred up all kinds of emotions and thoughts. […]

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. […]

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.