Education Director Denise Achee: Hi! I want to thank you so much for wanting to share your experience with us that you had at Inspirations. How many days have you been here?
Trevor M: 86.
DA: 86 days and you’re going today?
DA: Would you like to share with us what brought you to Inspirations?
TM: Before I came to Inspirations I had a long… I was using crystal meth and just following down a destructive path. It just led me here, led me to a JDC (juvenile detention center) and then court decided for me to come here.
DA: So you came here because you were ordered by court?
TM: Half ordered by court and half willingly like they asked me what I wanted to do and I said I wanted to come here, but either way I was probably going to come to a facility.
DA: And how was your relationship with your family at that time?
TM: Shaky at like best. Like there was no trust. Like, I don’t know. It was just really bad and a lot of it was my fault, so.
DA: How is your relationship with them now?
TM: I’m gaining back trust. Like, they’re actually happy for like me to come home. They believe I can do it and I plan to come home. I plan to prove them right. I just plan to make it better as it goes along.
DA: Let me ask you, what happened to your education while you were using?
TM: I dropped out of school for three years.
DA: How did your education go here while you were at Inspirations?
TM: I did the school work and hopefully it prepares me for like getting out of here and doing school instead of just still being a drop out.
DA: How did you like your therapist?
TM: Hernaldo? My therapist before Hernaldo was Vivian. She was alright but when I switched to Hernaldo I feel like that’s when like my treatment started. It improved. Like, he really helped me with understanding the
DA: How were the living conditions here?
TM: They were great. I’ve been to other treatment centers and this is one of the best living conditions I’ve had in any of my treatment centers. We get our own apartment and it teaches us responsibility and stuff. So I mean, that was great.
DA: How was the food?
TM: Food was decent. It was good. I mean you kind of got to expect…it’s institution food so… but it was good.
DA: How were the outings? Did you do some outings, activities?
TM: Outings were one of my favorite parts here. Like, they taught you how to have sober fun and it taught you activities you could do when you got out of here. I didn’t really have any activities when I got here so it was a good thing.
DA: What would you say for anybody who was using meth? Would you have any words of wisdom for them?
TM: I don’t know. It’s just…it’s a bad substance. You shouldn’t use it. It’s destructive.
DA: Do you think that you could have gotten off of it without coming to treatment?
TM: No. I mean I had it in my head that I wanted to but the action wouldn’t have happened.
DA: Well we want to congratulate you and thank you again so much for sharing with us because it really enables people to hear what your experience was and if they’re trying to make a choice about coming to treatment it will help them make that decision, so we want to thank you very much.
TM: You’re welcome.
DA: We’d love to hear from you in a couple weeks or so. Let us know how you’re doing.
DA: Congratulations and have a safe trip back home.
TM: Thank you. I will.