I first started coming to the family support group on Monday nights because I wanted to “fix” my daughter. I wanted her to stop drinking alcohol and using drugs. I wasn’t really sure what was going on, but I knew that something was terribly wrong. I thought that I could change her, but heard that the only person that I can change is me!!! Grrrr!! That made me angry!! I was sure that the problem was totally her fault, and that there was nothing wrong with me!! It took me many months to absorb new ways of thinking, and then putting that into action. I could be strong and set firm boundaries during one situation, and then waffle and “give in” into her manipulation during the next. Consistency was not my strong suit. As I began to process all the new things that I was learning, I began to detach and to “Let go and Let God” This was really hard for me to do, but I did learn to back off and stop rescuing her. Letting her feel the natural consequences of her actions was not easy, because I wanted to rush in and fix everything. I turned her over to God, and prayed that she would learn the lessons that she needed to learn without being permanently harmed. My husband and I prepared contracts for condition for continuing to live in our house, but did not enforce them. So nothing changed. However, gradually over time, we did become stronger and when we changed, she was forced to change. We had to hit our bottom before she could hit hers. It has been as long road, one full of anger and frustration, but now my daughter and I are both committed to building a healthy relationship and we talk on the phone quiet often. We are able to say “I love you” and mean it. I wasn’t sure that would ever happen. Prodigal Sons and Daughters has given us the tools to heal, and I am extremely grateful. Thank you, PS&D for restoring my Sanity.
Ever since I came to Prodigal’s it has helped me a lot. Times where I’m stressed out I would come to Prodigals and feel better. I came here and have been given the opportunity to learn on my own. As well as I got my mind thoughts out and would feel better, it’s also helped me make new friends and etc. Prodigals is fun and gives me energy, as well as makes me comfy.
Prodigals sons and daughters have been a tremendously positive influence in our son's life. Prodigals has given him many experiences and advice, we have seen him grow into a responsible thoughtful young man. Teen years are very challenging but with their help, we have a better relationship with our son. Prodigals has become a second home for him where is able to talk to the counselors and reflect in a safe environment. We are grateful for all the great people at Prodigals.
Prodigal Sons and Daughters is the only place where I feel comfortable to talk about my feelings. I also like it here at PS&D because it helps my dad a lot and it also has an effect in me.
Prodigal Sons and Daughters have helped me in so many ways, where in other places I was not able to get helped. I cannot remember the last time I could trust someone whereas with Jim here at PS&D I could feel comfortable, can talk to him, and trust him where I was not able to do that before with anyone else; it’s been a Blessing in this journey of mine. Prodigal Sons and Daughters was the first place I stepped into since my journey. It is a place where I feel safe and where my daughter feels safe as well.
I came to Prodigal Son's and Daughter's an addict, strung out and without a real hope that I could change. I walked in the door high out of my mind and asked for help. I was welcomed in and given the time to explain what I was going through and struggling with. They immediately worked out a plan and a path of hope for me. The counseling services they have provided for me have truly helped change my life. I for the first time in ten years can truly say that I am sober, love life and am a changed person. I could not be more grateful for what this program has done for me. I was shown love and respect even when I had none for myself. Walking through their doors into the path of recovery was the best decision I ever made.
A Changed Man