Kayla: My life was very unmanageable and like I just didn’t know like what to do and I know I needed help, but I just at that point, going anywhere would have been better than where I was.
Denise: Were you using? Are you here because you were using substances? Or was it behavioral, or both because they kind of go hand-in-hand?
Kayla: Yeah. Well like my drug of choice is like molly and alcohol and like I’m here for codependency so I guess yeah behavioral problems.
Denise: Did you have an intervention when you came or did you come willingly?
Kayla: Well it was kind of confusing because I knew I was coming to rehab I just didn’t know that I had to stay like, it wasn’t my choice if I wanted to stay or not so when I came I did have an intervention that I had to stay.
Denise: Okay. How did that feel? Was that a little upsetting?
Kayla: Yeah and like I had to say goodbye to my parents for like two minutes and like I was just like really scared.
Denise: How long did it take you to settle in? Were the first couple of days probably a little scary?
Kayla: Yeah the first week was like the hardest but I feel like after the like first week it got a lot easier. Like the first week is the hardest.
Denise: And then you settled in.
Denise: What have you learned most about yourself, you think?
Kayla: I learned that like everything happens for a reason and I learned like how to cope with things and that some things I can’t change.
Denise: How was your relationship with your mother when you first came here?
Kayla: It wasn’t that good. Like, it was good but like we both like needed help. So like I needed to come here and now it’s good.
Denise: So now it’s working well?
Denise: Awesome. What’s your plan when you go home?
Kayla: Well I’m going home and I have spring break so I’m just going to unpack my stuff and relax.
Denise: Did you do a home contract.
Kayla: Yeah, I did do a home contract. I just need to process the fact that I’m actually home because I actually like started crying because I don’t want to leave.
Denise: You got attached to everyone here, didn’t you?
Denise: So you made some friends.
Denise: They’ve supported you a lot because it’s not easy exposing yourself right? These people that we expose ourselves to become very close to us.
Denise: Because they kind of see our real truth. Right?
Denise: And as they say, the truth will set you free but first it will piss you off [laughs]. It will make you angry, right? So you’ve done a great job. How do you feel now?
Kayla: Scared. Anxious. Happy. Sad.
Denise: All of these emotions together. Will you keep in contact with us?
Kayla: Yeah. I’m going to call back.
Denise: Please let us know how you’re doing. We’re going to miss you because you’ve been here a while. How many days have you been here?
Kayla: 107 days.
Denise: 107 days. Now, do you feel like it was worthwhile staying that amount of time?
Denise: I remember you wanted to leave very quickly, remember?
Kayla: Yeah I did. Like I cried when I came here and now I cried because I’m leaving and like my grandma was like, “is this how all kids act? Is this normal?” and they’re just like “No”.
Denise: Some of them. I think the longer you stay the more you become part of our family in a sense.
Denise: We become a support system for you.
Denise: It’s a little scary when we have to go out and try. Well you have tools now, correct?
Denise: You’ve got some coping skills. You’ve learned what didn’t work for you, correct?
Denise: You’re aware of what doesn’t serve you; what was holding you back.
Denise: Are you excited to go back to school?
Kayla: Yeah. I’m excited. I was like failing when I came here and now I’m going to get on the right track.
Denise: Yeah. Get you back on track so that you can move forward with your life. Now you’re smarter and wiser.
Denise: And clean. [laughs] Awesome.
Denise: Well congratulations we are very proud of you.
Kayla: Thank you.
Denise: We look forward to seeing you again.