My name is Stephanie Rae Dietz and I am a case manager (CPSS) at 7th Street Treatment Center. It wasn’t an easy road to get here. I originally came to 7th Street as a client who was struggling with alcoholism. I came into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous in July of 2017 and was unable to stay sober. I would manage to get some sober time and then relapse. My last relapse was in August of 2020 and lasted about a month to the best of my memory. I have a beautiful friend who reached out to me and held an intervention with my family. My two children went to live with my family and I went into treatment on September 8th 2020, where I resided for close to 60 days. Following the completion of time at 7th Street Treatment Center, I lived with a fellow AA member on her floor for five months and stayed sober. I attended AA meetings regularly, worked the twelve steps again and stayed close to the fellowship. I then moved into the home of my best friend, where I had my own bedroom for nine months.
During that time, I continued AA, worked a program and had a good job as a quality auditor at a medical device company. On April 17th 2021, I was in a horrible automobile accident that was the other drivers fault. It totaled my 2018 Camry and put me in the hospital. I ended up breaking my wrist and developed a back condition in which a cyst grew in my spinal cord, due to trauma. I lost my job and struggled to find a new one with my condition. Guess what? I stayed sober. I am still dealing with the repercussions of my car accident, (even a year later), but I am closer to being done now, then I ever was before. Again, I continued to work on my recovery, got to meetings and look for jobs. It was a beautiful opportunity, given to me by 7th Street, to hire me on as the Admissions Assistant/Medication coordinator.
I started working at 7th Street in October of 2021. During the time that I have been here, I obtained my Certification for my Peer Support Specialist in April of 2022. I am now a Residential Case Manager and making a difference daily. The clients do more for me than I could ever do for them. I am so grateful for this career path. It certainly is God doing for me what I could not do for myself. With more opportunities to grow, I can proudly say that I have found my home here at 7th Street. I am also grateful to say, I am still sober! By the grace of God.
I am writing this letter in regards to how 7th Street has impacted my life. First off, I do not believe I would be alive, if it were not for 7th Street. I was a lost man on a very destructive path. I was trying to kill myself daily by using drugs and alcohol. I was broken and believed I didn’t deserve to live. Mike, Alicia and Kegan have shown me a new way of life and have taught me how to love myself again, to love myself again. During my stay at 7th Street, I have learned how to be accountable for myself and my actions and my peers accountable for their actions. I have struggled with self-sabotage my whole life. I know I wouldn’t the man I am today without 7th Street. 7th Street is more than just a rehab; it is my second home. I have learned why I would get high and have worked through some of my core issues. Almost every day, I learn something new about my disease of addiction. I can’t say enough about 7th Street, like I said it literally saved my life and showed me a new way to live. Without the staff and this program, I wouldn’t be alive today.
I am writing this letter in regards to how 7th Street Treatment Center has impacted my life. First off, without them I doubt I would be alive today. They have helped me in more ways than one. The staff here is amazing, each of them seriously cares about every single client. I have never felt more welcomed anywhere in my life. They welcomed me with open arms and open hearts. They have loved me until I learned how to love myself. 7th Street taught me how to have healthy relationships with strong boundaries. They have helped me get to my core issues and work through them in a way I never thought was possible. The therapist Alicia, personally helped me mend the relationship with my family when I thought it never could be fixed. I am so grateful to Mike Ray and his staff for really showing up for us in a way that can never be explained on paper. 7th Street is my home now and always will be.
7th Street has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I came her scared, beaten down and hopeless. I felt broken. Through our processing group and our amazing therapist Alicia, I have been able to heal traumas and deep rooted beliefs about myself. Without that healing, I know my sobriety wouldn’t have lasted long outside of the walls of 7th Street. Because of Alicia and the love and support she has given me, I now have the confidence and tools I need to build a health and sober life. 7Th Street has truly been a place of deep healing for me, mentally, emotionally and even physically. I have learned more about myself in the last 90 days than I have in the last 20 years of my life. My relationships with my family have gotten stronger, I am learning to trust myself and trust my ability to make positive decisions for my life. The shame I have carried with my throughout my life has started to fade. I finally have the courage and strength to stay sober. Mike truly cares about every single person who walks through his doors. If you show up willing, he is willing to show up for you. Kegan will push you and ignite real growth in your ability to communicate in a way that is honest and healthy. He has taught me to trust the process. There is no other group of people I would want on my team. This place changes lives.
I’ve been to 21 inpatient treatment programs before coming to 7th street. I was completely broken & felt like I was wasting my time that nothing would change. But nothing could have been further from the truth. The truth!! There’s something very special about that place! I’m not the girl that easily opens up about some of the traumatic things that have happened in my life & I found myself for the first time doing with my case manager Christan I had told her things & cried she listened & cried with me. & then moving forward into I.O.P. with my therapist Alicia Fisher who has helped me grow the most over the last few months when I’ve struggled the most at times. She has helped me recognize & feel emotions & process them in a healthy way I never thought was possible. Most importantly I feel important & like I matter & I am being heard for the very first time in my entire life which means the world to me! I can tell her anything & never feel judged. I’ve had too many therapists throughout my life to count and by far Alicia is the best therapist I’ve had. She is compassionate, understanding & she honestly cares! If I could recommend any facility for a family member or an addict suffering with addiction this is the place where the healing begins.💙”
“I would like to the thank 7th Street Treatment and their staff for helping and guiding me in my recovery. 7th Street helped show me who I am, who I am not, and who I can be. I value and treasure my recovery experience at 7th Street and would highly recommend their facility to anyone battling addiction and behavioral problems.”
“This place Changed my life, the staff are amazing and I am forever grateful to 7th street.”
“I may have never been a client here but one thing I can say is that I’ve been a part of this place since it first opened. Right when I walk through those doors for the first time I knew I instantly felt like I was home. From that day on this place has been my safe haven! It’s been a place of comfort security and love. 7th street has helped me in ways I couldn’t even begin to say, The staff alone I consider to be more of a family to me then anything. They not only opened their arms to me but to my daughter. She has grown up around this home, she’s now 10 when we started showing up here she was 6 I believe. It’s been the biggest security blanket to her as well. This place is amazing, this place is home, this place is what continues to save me. There’s magic inside of the walls. Thank you 7th street for everything you’ve giving me and continue to give me. I’m forever grateful. Mike- thank you for caring about me when I didn’t know how to care for myself. You truly are a God send!”
“7th street treatment is such a wonderful center. The staff and the therapists are so caring and knowledgeable in the treatment of addiction. Sunny and Alicia are so kind and truly save lives. I don’t know where I’d be without 7th street, this place has saved me.”
“I am eternally grateful to 7th street, as well as the staff that work there. I had nowhere to go upon release from jail, and asked the Drug Court to put me into a rehab program, which turned out to be one of the best decisions that I have ever made. The staff are courteous and genuinely care about the residents. They’ve done everything to assist me in meeting Drug Court’s expectations, and even helped me get into Sober Living upon graduation from the program. I might not even be alive today if not for the 7th Street clinic.”
“I love 7th Street. I never thought I would ever feel the way I do about my Life. I finally feel like I have a new found sense of peace. They have helped guide and direct me and been there for me. They welcome me back with open arms every time I visit. I am so blessed that I came to this treatment center. The staff does everything they can to support you. This treatment is affordable, covered by medicaid and that is hard to find. The food is made with love and the living arrangement is comfortable. I love Mike Ray and all the full time staff they truly helped me save my life. I absolutely love love love the community I have gained a whole family support group at 7th street. If you are ready to take the step into Recovery, I would suggest going here. Thank you again and again 7th street.”
“They helped me deal with my emotions, helped me with daily goals and time management. I recommend this treatment center if you want to change your life for the better. All the staff sincerely care and want the best for you. Also Mike the owner is a pretty swell guy.”
“7th Street is the best treatment center I have been to. Kegan was my case manager, and he honestly had my best interest in mind. I love this place very much.”
“7th street Is the place to go! The staff are amazing and this is the place you go to if you want help and are ready to change!”
Experience with 7 Street, from a satisfied customer.
How was your recovery stay with us? As I didn’t stay with 7th Street physically I must rate my “stay” with you as 8.5. My experience with 7th Street was a rejuvenating and extremely introspective journey. I hate the word journey because that usually means you end up at home at the end of it. My house burnt down so I have no home to return too. All I have is a destination, happiness. I will call it my home. 7th let me find that. It let me blab about what was on my mind, and through therapeutic magic I found that when I spoke in group I ended up not only excising what was on my mind, if useful, if spoken correctly, to the rest of the group, my confidence grew. I learned that confidences lent by a therapist grows pride. But in their ultimate wisdom it is only lent, a helping hand. 7th street did just that. Through monitoring via almost daily contact I was lent the power to grow my own confidence in my actions. I learned how to be confident in my sobriety.
They allowed me time to enjoy the fruits of my labor through teaching me to be present and accountable. I learned from others experiences in the group environment that connection comes from mutual respect and common goals. Through sharing of my experiences both in sobriety and not, it became obvious to me that only by being present, and accountable for my actions would I ever make the all too important connection to others.
They showed me that connection was an amazing thing. It binds us together and allows us to be alone. Boundaries and empathy shape who we are. Through trial and error boundaries shape our path. Through shared experience, empathy allows us to view ourselves more clearly and openly. This, they showed me, would make honesty a habit.
Nobody can call bullshit on someone unless they know the truth. Because 7th Street employs smart enthusiastic people from the recovery pool, you know, as a patient, that there are greater minds in front of you. So the lazy and problematic self-deceptive practice of denial can take no quarter with you when you are faced with the wisdom of person who has achieved the level of recovery as the employees of 7th Street. They make it fun to rely on your self and trust yourself through exercises and guidance. Lessons if you will. And all at a contagion free distance. (thanks Covid19)
If I were to recommend 7th to a person who I felt needed a recovery program I would say to them. “do you think you’re ready?” Because just as getting into addiction takes years of practice, so does recovery, and recovery isn’t attractive like using is. However, at 7th street, because they pick the best and brightest, and cutest therapists, it is attractive. They demand the hard work, but its easier to take instruction and guidance from fun and attractive people. Just think, fun and attractive people have been selling products since the beginning. I suppose 7th street figured that out. If you want someone to buy into your product, you gotta make it attractive, oh yeah, and useful as hell. So much of using blinds us to what is best for us, that shinning a bright light, like the people who work for 7th, is in my experience the only way to open our eyes to our inner selves. And that is not something that is easy or to take lightly.
So are you ready? I am truly grateful for all of you.
Jeffrey Boynton 11/10/2020