Feb. 20, 2011
-- I believe I have found that at Elan. The change in my daughter is phenomenal. At the time I am writing this my daughter has been at Elan for 10 months. I couldn't have found a more caring, patient and structured staff and program. My daughter has learned self control, accountability, respect for herself and others, accomplishment and she is starting to feel a sense of worthiness. I have realized through this journey that drugs and alcohol are only the tip of the iceberg. It is the reason that the staff and this program works. They can see the underlying problems and are working on those issues to help her see that she does not want to go down the road she has chosen for herself. I am amazed at the letters I receive from my daughter. She is telling me how she feels about different situations and she is asking for my input.
She feels she is destined to be a certain way and the staff at Elan is showing her that it isn't necessarily true. They are showing her how if she changes her way of thinking and her actions anything is possible. She is taking tougher courses in school and she has straight A's. I don't think she has had an A since third grade. Elan has made a huge difference in our lives. After ten months at Elan my daughter still thinks she is going to drink later in life. She doesn't see how she can enjoy life without it.
That is why a six month program wouldn't have worked. It is going to take time to get her to a place in her life where she knows she doesn't need alcohol in her life. I want her to have a fighting chance and I know Elan is that fighting chance.