A First Ever Happy Family Dialogue

By |August 10th, 2010|

AFTER our son’s entry into the SELF program in October 2009, we have met with him twice. The first was for a Family Encounter on May 17, and the second for our 1st Family Dialogue on June 23.


Life can be a whopper of a ride!

By |February 26th, 2010|

Have you ever felt the desire to say “Stop! I want to get off!” when riding a roller coaster? Of course you never say it out loud because: first, it would be foolish (no one ever gets off the roller coaster); second, it would be too embarrassing (after all, no one forced you to ride).

Life can be a roller coaster ride, and sometimes it is a whopper of a ride! I had been on this up and down ride for many years … ever since my son started to take drugs. I was coasting pretty well when it all began, thinking the ride was a bit bumpy at times, but pretty bearable. Of course I was going to get off at some point and the ride was going to be over … Well not quite.

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.

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.

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. […]