Inspirational Stories

"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alumni Experiences in Their Own Words

"My experience with Deer Hollow has been amazing. I came in as a broken down, scared, tore up, lost woman. Through the love and patience from the staff at Deer Hollow I was able to grow and learn to be a member of society. The staff is so willing to listen, give advice, laugh, be serious, and everything in between. Whatever I needed they were able to provide that for me. My journey didn’t end with Deer Hollow when I coined out. I get a call from someone at least once a month to check on me and make sure I am doing OK. I also call in a lot when I am having a hard time or need to hear a familiar voice and I am never turned away. Deer Hollow has become my safe place, and my family. I couldn’t have picked a better treatment center to start my journey in. I have a relationship with my children again. I will forever be grateful for what Deer Hollow gave me."
-- J.T.
"I was at a point where I didn't feel like I deserved another chance and Deer Hollow gave me a chance. I was there for 37 days and was able to work on my self and get a clear head. The staff helped me out a ton and talked to me like I was a human being. I played on the Deer Hollow softball team, which allowed me to meet sober people and learn how to have sober fun. I feel blessed to be apart of the Deer Hollow family."
-- B.W.
"October 2015 I realized that alcohol was taking over my life after I almost lost my two front teeth. I had been toying with the idea of possibly being an alcoholic but my wakeup call began to finally happen when I slipped on my son's chalk and failed to put my hands up to protect my face. I came to my parents crying and suggested AA meetings, they were very concerned, and I pretended to care and attended meetings regularly, even showing up drunk, until November 16th 2015. My daughter was with my mom, my son with his Dad, and I was done with me. I took every pill I had in my house and then got scared, my kids deserved me and for once I deserved me. I called a friend I had met in AA and she took me to LDS Hospital. Two days later I checked myself into detox at the University Hospital. 

I participated in everything I could during my time detoxing and realized I would have no hope of not just getting drunk again if I did not do something drastically different. I called my parents and convinced them to let me go into inpatient, with having a 3 and 8 year old it took some persuading because they would have to step in. Using the computer and telephone at the hospital I called around for places and Deer Hollow was the only one that answered. I got out of the hospital, went home and packed, and checked into rehab the next morning.

My time at Deer Hollow was not rainbows and unicorns. In fact my son's dad took him out of state and I didn't know if I would ever see him again. I regretted my decision every minute of every day until one day something changed. Using tools from groups, and individual therapy, as well as the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous the lights came on, as they say. I fought hard for my sobriety and really wanted it and through the help and support of Deer Hollow I am still sober today. Not only am I sober but I have a life I would of never had which has included both my children living with me full time, finishing my bachelor's degree, becoming certified to teach yoga, actually teaching yoga at a studio and treatment centers, and the list goes on and on. Deer Hollow was, and still is, invaluable to me and my recovery."
-- H.H.
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