“I attended the Alta 2007 WoR…it changed my life…the past 4 months has been a rollercoaster, but only because I left there with the first real hope that my life would be different…I still have a ways to go, but at least I am now headed there, instead of being stuck, like I had been for years.”
“I attended with great fear and anxiety and really enjoyed it. I think anyone considering a WOR but scared should tuck the fear away and go. It helped move my recovery forward leaps and bounds. There was so much (safe) love in the room/weekend that it was so healing for me.”
“I attended the Alta 2007 weekend as well. I can usually only describe it as a “life altering experience” because the number of ways that it changed my life for the better is simply staggering. There are so many positive things that I took out of it. Establishing trust, shame busting, and forging friendships are among the biggest for me. If you have the opportunity to go, I highly doubt you’ll regret it. The weekends are a truly amazing experience.”
“I’ve attended 2 weekends of recovery – I, like many others, highly recommend them – there are many different aspects to the weekend (and no 2 weekends are exactly the same – many here have been to multiple weekends) – they do work in large group and small group settings – they use many different therapy methods (some even include art, music and body movement) – there is a team of over 10 facilitators there all weekend to keep things safe and focused – they even have a safe room that you can go to if things get to overwhelming or you just need to get away and talk 1 on 1 with a facilitator – the settings they hold their weekends at are just beautiful and very peaceful (I’ve been to Peebles, Ohio and Alta, Utah – both are simply beautiful settings for being able to open up emotionally and feel safe) – the food is always excellent – I could go on and on…
– it’s just such a life changing experience…”
“For me, I got more out of 1 weekend of recovery than I got out of a year and a half of Therapy.
I remember how nervous I was about this going into my first recovery weekend – but… you know what? – the other guy in my room was just as scared as I was – I guess our mutually being scared just kind of melted the fear between us both very fast as we realized that we were both there for exactly the same reasons and both had the same fears – we both slept great that weekend.
The facilitator team there is very good at noticing those who are struggling in any way and will work with them 1 on 1 to help them through it.”
“I was so nervous, I almost turned around twice, while driving to Ohio. When I decided to go to Peebles, all the fears came rushing at me. I had spent almost 8 months in my house. When I finally got to the center, I put on a great front. No one would see just how nervous I was. As the first group meeting started, it was clear that everyone there wanted all of us to feel safe. The staff allowed us to set our own rules, they asked “what will make you feel safe?” That was a big first step, we got to set the rules, based on our fears and worries. They write them down and post them for the whole weekend. From that point on, we started to try and open up. It wasn’t easy, but I have to say, I loved it. Yes we had awkward moments, we had some free time and that forced me to socialize. The staff has done these WOR’s 19 times, I promise you, they have dealt with all the possible problems that may come up.
By the end of the weekend, I had become so comfortable, I didn’t want to leave. It truly was a life changing event in my life. I hope you will sign up for a WOR, you will not regret it. Do everything you can to get to one. It will not be the end of recovery for you, but it can be a major stepping stone.”