My name is James and I am an Alcoholic, and a graduate of the Recovery Ranch. I am now 22, work full time, and go to school online. For the first time in a long time I really believe I have a bright future ahead. I came in a week after my 21st birthday, and I was out of my mind so to say. I was working a dead end job and trapped in a small world with few relationships, all of which revolved around the use of drugs and drinking. I felt my future was in the world of drugs and alcohol and I did not feel like I had any real purpose in life. I was using everyday before I even brushed my teeth or got out of bed. I couldn't find any real relationships with anybody.
At the Ranch I found the brotherhood I needed in my life. I learned to take responsibility for my actions and am working on taking responsibility of my own life. At The Ranch we grow in many ways and gain essential life skills. We go do fun activities like camping, wake boarding, and many other fun activities grounded with accountability and recovery. I love my life today, which I never thought would be a possibility sober. I have good relationships with my family, which I don't think anyone thought would happen again. Everything in my life is in the direction for a successful future. I am committed to my recovery and never want to go back to the way my life was before. I owe all of this to the things I went through to the brothers at the Recovery Ranch. If you're thinking of sending your son here, don't hesitate. It's the best thing you can do for them. They will want to leave and say its hard, but I have lived here for 19 months now and wouldn't trade my experiences here for anything.