From Bad to Good: An Ode to Wellington Retreat
Unedited letter from an Adolescent Patient who recently progressed out.
Hey Dr. Moran,
You know living in Dr. Moran’s world wasn’t so bad, still isn’t. LOL. I’m writing you this letter to thank you so much and let you know how much I appreciate everything you have done for me and my family, and for accepting me into your amazing program.
Your programs have showed me a new way of life.
Also, thank you so much for giving me such an awesome therapist, if it wasn’t for Carolina, I can tell you with no doubt that I wouldn’t be where I am today in Recovery. SHHHHHH, my secret is “you, Dr. Barry, and Carolina, and James, and Donna, and Megan are my favorites!”
SHHH! HAHA, Dr. Barry has given me so much hope and faith in myself; I know I can always talk to him. He had me share in his group so much, I thought my teeth were going to fall out, but it helped me so much, I realized a lot from it. James, he always brings my spirit up, when I’m down, I know I can always count on him to be there for me. When he speaks to me or when I’m in his groups, he just blows me away with words of wisdom; he’s awesome! And Donna; she is like my second mom. I can see how much she cares for other people so much, I respect her a lot. Since the day I met her, I already loved her. She’s given me everything I needed and has always supported me whenever I reached out to her; I know she’ll always be by my side, no matter what. Holding my hand through every mistake I make or struggles I go through, she’ll be there forever.
And for Megan, …WOW…I honestly don’t think I can even manage to put my love and appreciation for her into word form. There is too much of it and it’s so strong. Dr. Moran, Megan is the best, and most thoughtful, caring, supporting, loving, nice, achieving, self-loving, helpful, inspirational, responsible, healthy and most beautiful person inside and out, that I have ever met in my life. I look up to her. She has introduced me to so many people, and I appreciate that so much because I now have a meeting I look forward to every night, and I have a lot of healthy, sober, supporting friends, that look out for me and care for me. I’ve never really had people like that in my life before, so I thank her so much for that. I love Megan so much, and you are blessed to have someone like her working for you because, she is the kind of person that will actually help someone and guide them down the right path, because she definitely did for me.
Last but not least…DR. MORAN (The One and Only)
I FREAKING LOVE YOU!
Yeah me and you have had our ups and downs, but that is because I wasn’t in a healthy stage of my recovery to understand why you did the things you did, but I realize you did it to help me because you care about me and everyone else. I seriously did think you were out to get me, but that unhealthy thinking towards you is gone, OH WHO AM I KIDDING! I hate you so much for making me so healthy, that my body is sore and my brain is spinning so fast because of everything I’m learning. Even the whole grain food for making me realize I have a problem with my taste buds because I actually thought the food was pretty good.
You will really never understand how much I appreciate you Dr. Moran.
You saved my life, you really did and if there is anything I can ever help you with or do for you, don’t think twice about calling me. My family also appreciates you for all the help. Your program works, it really does…That’s if they work it though. Don’t ever think it’s your fault for other people’s mistakes because it’s them who are keeping themselves sick. All you job in the situation is to give them a second chance. You have just given me so much inspiration; you have brought joy to my eyes and happiness to my heart. You will always have a place in my heart; you’re amazing Dr. Moran, keep up the great work!
By the way, the group is doing fantastic. Little mistake here and there with us, but what can I say we’re addicts, we’ll always be a little crazy at heart. I love seeing everyone when I come to clinical every day, they’re getting so healthy it puts a smile on my face every morning. They support each other so well, call each other out on their mistakes and BS. But they’re also there to help fix the problem. Wellington Retreat is like one big happy family, we all love each other. The staff is great (especially Sara).
HAVE A GOOD DAY!