Finding Hope at South Orange County Detox & Treatment

 "Love Grows Here"

"Love Grows Here"

During the course of treatment at South Orange County Detox and Treatment (Socdetox), I have the honor of witnessing clients make progress.
Yes, clients make progress by achieving sobriety at Socdetox. On top of achieving sobriety at Socdetox, clients can achieve progress in their lives.
In meeting with a client this week, I noticed significant progress taking place in his life. I was curious, eager to hear what ignited this progress to begin.
I asked, “What was the turning point for you this week?”
The client replied, “I got hope.”
“I got hope.” What a simple statement.
“I got hope.” What a profound statement.
“I got hope” rang in my ears. “I got hope” signaled change in this client’s life, this client who only two short weeks ago was talking about feeling “hope-less.”
While I am aware of many conditions present at Socdetox that can fuel hope and change, I sought to understand what stood out as inspiring hope for this particular client.
What I discovered was a cascade of events, a flow of experiences, sparking hope and culminating in this client’s discovery of possible ways to add meaning, to add purpose, to his life.
(Meaning and purpose. Aren’t these qualities of this life that all of us human beings seek?)
The client identified some of the experiences in treatment that powered a sense of hope in him. He said “You guys have shown me tolerance. You guys haven’t rejected me. You guys have shown me that you believe in me. You guys haven’t abandoned me. You guys have stuck by me. You guys are doing so much for me. I don’t know where I’d be if it weren’t for SOCD.”
The client went on to share about his plans, inspired by Socdetox’s Program Director, to begin taking drug & alcohol counseling classes. He said “With all the shit I’ve been through, can you imagine how many people I could help if I became a counselor?”
I said, “There are countless people you could help…”
I asked “What would it mean to you to be able to help others?”
The client replied, “It would mean that the pain I’ve been through was ‘meant to be.’ It would mean that I’m not locked into my past suffering. It would mean that I could be a living example of our ability to change our lives. It would mean that if I can turn my life around, anyone can.”
What beautiful realizations this client is experiencing. My earlier statement bears repeating: it is an honor to witness clients make progress in treatment.
Now that this client has achieved sobriety, and has begun to open himself to possibilities for his future realized through experiencing hope, he can move his life forward in ways he may not have imagined possible before treatment.
There is artwork on the living room wall at Socdetox with the words “love grows here.” We grow love in treatment at SOCD. Through our actions we plant love, we nourish love, we cultivate love, we harvest love, and we sow more love from the love we harvest. It is an upward spiral; a self-fueling, ever-expanding process of growing love through demonstrations of tolerance, acceptance, perseverance, patience, kindness, compassion…the list is potentially endless…
For this client, the Socdetox program’s demonstrations of loving actions sparked growth in his level of hope. And growth in his level of hope is inspiring meaningful shifts in the direction of his life. This client’s hope can be contagious. His experience of “I got hope” can be a source of hope for us all.
Which begs the question, what inspires hope in your life today?