Phil Maiorano

Phil Maiorano

January 12th, 2020

Mountainside has played a major role in my successful road of recovery. I had tried a year before at a different recovery center and relapsed. . Starting w the staff in the detox dept. They are the first people I met there and angelic is pretty accurate in their care and nonjudgmental treatment they provide. They are the welcoming front door that seems impossible to pass through on our own. Thank you Gwen and all of you with all my heart! From there I went in... The difference in the first center I went to and Mountainside is that they concentrated on AA and 12 steps and Mountainside concentrates on mind, body and spirit. They showed me that abstinence is only a part of sobriety and the importance of therapy, a good environment and physical fitness all make abstaining a much easier goal to achieve. Mountainside didn’t force AA on me, rather, through meditation, small groups and personal therapy, they allowed me to choose my own path to successful sobriety. A majority of the staff are in recovery as well and the fact that some were even clients there at one time made them accessible and understanding of the very difficult and unstable period I was going through. At the end of my stay there, I was genuinely ready and prepared to take on the life I had put on hold while there. The alumni organization and the aftercare they offer has proven to be priceless to me. The genuineness of their desire to keep alumni strong is almost unbelievable. But the fact that I’m still good friends with Jessica and Kendal is proof of that. And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Ricky T. in this essay for his occasional, “how ya doin, holler if ya need me.” Texts. Mountainside’s care and desire to keep their alumni strong and sober is 100% genuine. I am proof of that and will be eternally grateful for it.

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