I arrived at Spring Lake Ranch in January of 2014. At the time, I was in my early 30s and living with my parents, having just been kicked out of yet another halfway house. Addiction and depression had been the predominant narrative of my life since my early teens and, once again, I felt I had failed at confronting these demons. I felt dejected and hopeless.
At the urging of my parents, I spoke with Rachel about the SLR program -- not with an expectation that I would go, but with a sense of obligation to those who, seemingly against logic, loved me. In relaying her own experience, Rachel reminded me that recovery was possible. I had little confidence in confronting my addiction and depression, but felt that attending the Ranch couldn’t make my struggles any worse.