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Self(s) Healing Stories
I have searched to the extent of my computer knowledge to try and find the e-mail that I sent back on May 11. It must be lost somewhere in cyberspace! My e-mail was an update on my son, Jacob Connor, who first came to see you and Rhonda on April 22, 2005. I wrote on Jacob's 25th birthday.
In March and April I honestly didn't know if Jacob would live to see his 25th birthday. He had been battling addiction issues (it was alcohol when I made the call to set up the appointment) for a long time. Jacob's father is an alcoholic and as Jacob once put it, he was "blessed" with the addictive genes. Jacob had tried to quit drinking on his own. He went to see his doctor numerous times. His doctor was very compassionate and helped him as much as he could. He put Jacob on an antidepressant, then on an anti-anxiety medication and Jacob eventually needed a medication to help lower his blood pressure. During this time he was trying hard not to drink, to work and live a "normal" life. However, Jacob was unable to stop drinking and his drinking escalated frighteningly. Jacob had some seizure type "spells" and his doctor called me and said that the situation was no longer safe. Jacob needed to detox immediately and he needed help. Jacob got himself a bed at a detox facility and just before taking him, I called and spoke to you. Rhonda was our back-up plan. I knew from all that Jacob's father had been through, the sad fact that detox facilities are often revolving doors. Jacob was in detox for five days (it was wonderful to be able to sleep during those days). He came out and within 24 hours he was drinking again. Jacob was drinking whiskey (or any other alcohol he could find) like it was water. He would drink until he passed out. He was not eating and was 100% out of control. I knew that it was just a matter of time before his body could not take any more and just shut down. All along Jacob knew he had a serious problem. I counted the hours until his appointment to see you. All of my eggs were in the Rhonda Lenair basket and I didn't dare look beyond our appointment.
Today is July 5th. I just spoke to Jacob. He is doing great! About two weeks after his visit to you, I asked him one of my typical questions: "So, Jacob, what's new in your life?" The standard response my kids give me is "not much" or "same old, same old..." Jacob looked at me after I asked him this and responded, "Everything!" He called me after two months of being sober and reminded me that it had been two months--as if I would forget such a miraculous event! Last weekend he called to tell me that on Sat. night he was watching a movie and was hungry. He went to the refrigerator and found nothing (he's pretty good about sticking with the dietary suggestions from Rhonda) and then he checked the freezer and found nothing. He went back to his movie and shortly afterward went back to the freezer. He said, "Ma, I had a breakthrough! There was a bottle of vodka nicely chilled in the freezer. I didn't even see it the first time I opened the door!" Three months ago that bottle would have been calling his name and he would have drunk it until it was gone or he passed out--which ever came first. He was able to close the freezer door and go back to his movie.
Please tell Rhonda how deeply grateful I am to her. Jacob is not only sober and back at work (he was working full-time in less than a week after his first treatment), but he is happy! My ex-husband (Jacob's father) has been in and out of detox facilities since before Jacob was born. He is a very angry, unhappy person. I wouldn't want Jacob to live a life where he was filled with anger and resentment. Jacob is just beginning to know himself. He is feeling better and better about himself with every little challenge that he takes on and conquers. His self esteem is blossoming and he is able to handle some very emotionally, painfully intense situations that recently occurred with the sudden death of his aunt in an automobile accident. There are more stories I could share, but this is enough for now.
I was concerned about whether or not your program might work for someone as young as Jacob. The testimonial letters all appeared to be from older adults. Jacob is proof of Rhonda's extraordinary gift and age is no limitation. I should add that Jacob is able to be around his friends, attend parties where alcohol is flowing everywhere and be happily social without feeling the need (and I think without the desire) to drink. He now has a chance to live the special, wonderful life that he deserves to live.
There are no words to express my gratitude. I only wish that there were more people like Rhonda with the ability and giftedness that she possesses. What a different world this would be for so many individuals and families who suffer immensely from addiction. I know that I do not possess these abilities, however, if there is something that I can do (besides share Jacob's story with anyone who is interested), please let me know. Jacob and my whole family has suffered a lot because of addiction and any way to alleviate this in someone else's family is well worth pursuing."
Wishing you all the best,
Debby Thompson, Jacob's mother
Thank you so much for helping me be content! Content to have a soda instead of a beer. Content to say "No thanks, I'm all set" to the offer of a cocktail. Content to just sit without a drink in my hand.
Dan M., Princeton, MA
You must get tired of hearing "Thank You" Yes, THANK YOU! It doesn't seem possible it has been two years since I have had a beer (my usual beverage of choice).
Before going to see you in March of 2000 I had short bouts of success on my own, I think 3 months was about the best for me. Instances that would have been difficult for me in the past are no problems anymore. Such as fixing cocktails for guests, gatherings at clubs or holiday parties, buying liquor as gifts for people around the holidays, turning down a cocktail when offered. No problem. It is now just another activity I perform like any other. Buying a book or a bottle of wine as a birthday present, they are both the same for me.
However, on more than one occasion, I have actually tried to talk myself into having a drink, telling myself that I could now control things. I was as far as having the glass to my nose, making a toast, putting the glass back to my nose then back on the table... I couldn't do it. I enjoy being the way I am today and do not want to move backwards. It's not that I was able to talk myself out of having a drink, it's that I couldn't talk myself INTO it. I had every intention to drink that glass of wine when I poured it.
Thank you is very simple, seems inadequate considering, however very heartfelt from me to you.
Dan M., Princeton, MA
Dear Rhonda and Barry, It's now been 3 years since I've seen you. Where has the time gone?? I'm doing incredibly well, I just can't believe it, nor can my wife. You just can't imagine how I feel when the month of March comes around and "I GET TO SEND RHONDA MY ANNUAL LETTER"!!! I feel like a 7 year old at Christmas time.
In the past I had wondered when/if I get to the point of taking a drink for some reason, holidays, weddings, functions. Presently I just can't ever see a day or reason. I had thought that when I become financially independent I would return to 'enjoying a cocktail'. I just don't see that happening for any reason, I enjoy the way I am too much and have no reason for it. There is too much to do! I still go out with friends, socialize with clients, I'll buy a round of drinks but mine is a Club soda with lime, thank you very much…… I'm content. I kiss my wife after she's had a drink and it's a familiar flavor but I prefer coffee flavor kisses, thank you very much… My next challenge? I have a serious problem with cookies and milk. I ~WILL seek your help! GOD bless you both. I was blessed when my buddy Jim told me about you. Thank you!
Dan M., Princeton, MA
Dear Rhonda, I can't believe it's been 6 years since you treated me for alcohol addiction. I don't know what more I can say that I haven't said in my previous 5 annual letters. Thing are going well, though that sounds strange to me. I don't think of not drinking as "going well", I don't think of not drinking at all. It's my life, it's normal for me not to drink. I don't think about it. I vividly remember sitting in the waiting room reading some of the testimonials and thinking "If this could only work for me...". I believe it did! You did! Thank you! Back then I couldn't imagine 6 weeks, never mind 6 years. I have no doubt you saved me.
I'm continually reminded of the impact you had on me and the potential paths my life may have taken without you. Recently I ran into an acquaintance that I worked with on another construction project a few years ago. He asked if I'd be able to give him a ride home at the end of the day. I agreed and we talked a bit on the ride home. As it turns out he recently got out of jail from his 4th DUI conviction and his license is gone for the next 10 years. Although I never got into serious trouble, have never gotten arrested, I know the potential I had. I never missed work because of drinking, though I would go in hung over. I drank every day to the point of double vision.
I started drinking when I was 13 years old and drank hard for almost 30 years. Mom & Dad were both severe alcoholics, so I know the possibilities. Alcohol was my priority. I hate to imagine where I'd be today had you not helped me 6 years ago. As I've said in years past, please give my phone number to anyone who would like to talk. My cell phone is: (508)259-5554. That is the best way to get in touch. Please feel free to leave my number in this letter for anyone who would like to call. This has been my number for the past 10 years and should be for the foreseeable future.
Love to you and Barry
Dan M., Princeton, MA
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