From Addiction to Recovery



Often when people reach out to Full Life, they are simply terrified. We bring hope when families are afraid.

They are terrified that someone will send them away somewhere.

They are terrified that those they love will continue to refuse help until it’s too late.

They are terrified that their child may have ventured so far into deep water that they could be in serious trouble with drugs or alcohol.

They are terrified that their teen or young adult will continue to stumble and fall until there’s no reason to keep hoping.  It may seem futile to wish for academic progress, professional growth, independence or even grandchildren.

They are terrified that, despite multiple episodes of treatment, the stories of “happy, joyous and free in recovery” may never apply to themselves or their families.

Fear leads to the progressive loss of hope. Perhaps one of our greatest gifts as specialists in addiction is that we are also specialists in recovery.

We believe that early intervention can help halt the progression of the disease of addiction – or perhaps even prevent it from developing in the first place.

We believe that every crisis is an opportunity that can create a new willingness to accept help.

We believe that it’s never too late and that freedom from the fear, pain and isolation of addiction can be a reality for every family.

We believe that individuals can experience healing and wholeness in recovery and find a level of peace, joy and self-awareness that they’ve never experienced before.

We believe, when individuals and families are too scared to believe. 

We bring hope to families living in fear.


As families become aware that help is needed, fear is soon joined by the overwhelm of trying to know what to do.

We listen closely to help answer the big questions. Once we understand their needs, we help individuals and families understand what level of care is needed and narrow down the choices. We help families know how to move forward for the best results.

Full Life specialists help individuals & families know which way to turn for help and how to get there. Although we certainly receive no compensation for making referrals, we have relationships with high quality treatment centers in all price ranges throughout the country.
We’re striving to make the best match for your family’s needs, resources and preferences. Sometimes that best choice is far away and other times it is right in our own backyard.
When making recommendations for your family,  we only consider the programs we would recommend for our own.

The internet is a black hole of resources with no prices, no assurances of quality, and no details that help families know which treatment centers to consider. The overwhelm leads back to the original question, “Should we really be looking for treatment anyway? Maybe this time he has really had the wake-up call that he needs to shape up. Maybe we should give her another chance to see if she can do it on her own.”

There are really three main questions that will be addressed by Full Life addiction specialists:

  1. “Do we need to be afraid?”
  2. “If so, just how afraid do we need to be?”
  3. “And if we really should be afraid, what should we do about it?  Who can help us?”

Because we are independent of all treatment programs, Full Life specialists can help individuals and families answer those 3 big questions. When there really IS a need for treatment, we can help identify the best treatment match and help move the process along towards admission.

After all, there are also three keys to successfully “stacking the deck” in favor of long-term recovery:

  • Getting the best treatment program match: All treatment programs are not the same, even if they are all treating some of the same symptoms and the same disease. Just as most colleges teach English and math, all treatment programs teach strategies for managing cravings and the value of fellowship in recovery. Berkley, Texas Tech and Wake Forest are very different universities, just like Cirque Lodge, Fellowship Hall and Hope Valley are very different treatment programs. Sometimes outpatient treatment could be quite effective, while in other cases, residential treatment may offer the best hope. We help families narrow the field of treatment options down to 2-5 programs that meet their needs, resources and preferences.
  • Sufficient Length of Stay in Treatment: The research is clear that “the longer the length of stay in treatment, the better the likelihood of success in recovery.” Depending on the severity of the addiction, history of prior treatment and co-occurring issues (ie. depression, severe anxiety, trauma history), length of stay in treatment may exceed the traditional 28-day residential program. In fact, in many cases, 45-, 90- or even 180- days of residential treatment could offer the best hope for success. In other cases, a three- to nine-month intensive outpatient program could be just right. We help families have a realistic idea what to expect for length of stay in treatment.​
  • Aftercare: Treatment in even the very best treatment programs in the world can be a waste of time, money and hope if aftercare recommendations are not followed. Family members often look to treatment programs to “fix” the person they love who is affected by the disease of addiction. In fact, addiction is not a curable disease, so treatment centers don’t cure. But addiction is a chronic disease that can be managed, so treatment centers help patients stabilize, learn about their disease, and help them practice skills necessary to manage the disease after discharge. When recovery begins, we focus on “one day at a time.” And that is absolutely what’s necessary in order to get through the early days, weeks and months of recovery. By recognizing changing needs in recovery, we help individuals and families keep both the everyday needs and the long-term goals in mind all along the way.


“We never underestimate the power of the disease, but we also believe that it is never too late to experience a full life in recovery. Support from both professionals and others in recovery helps to improve the likelihood of experiencing sustainable, long-term recovery.”  Ginny Mills

Before recovery begins, there is often isolation.

Individuals and families suffer alone with few (if any) people to talk to, cry with, rant to or otherwise have support. “Other families seem to have it all together, ” while Full Life families are struggling and may have suffered for months or even years before making their way to Full Life– not knowing how to deal with what they are experiencing in their own families.

And even once recovery begins, the road is rarely smooth.

Recovery is a process, not an event. The process is full of eye-popping ah-ha moments, disappointments, surprises, set-backs and unexpected joys. This is true for both those in recovery from the disease of addiction and those who love them.

At Full Life, we know addiction.  And we know recovery.

We know that every family’s circumstances are different, but we also know that having the support of others who have experience with addiction and recovery can make a big difference.

At Full Life, we bring hope, direction and support all along the way.


Problems with alcohol or drug use sometimes begin in social environments, but often those problems progress rapidly when moving into isolation. Addiction can progress and sustain itself in isolation, therefore recovery is most effective when experienced in community. At Full Life, we believe that recovery happens best with companionship. Recovery happens best in community. It is the cornerstone of effective recovery because we all need support, encouragement and the opportunity to help and be helped.