I’m now back in the “real” world after my 60-day stint in Florida Recovery Center (“Where miracles happen every day!”). This is as of last Thursday, 6 days ago. Settled into the full routine of going to meetings daily (but not 3-4 meetings per day, as is the case in FRC, which also adds other hour-long activities, such as sessions on Meditation, Spirituality, Art Therapy, Music Therapy). The last four always seemed time-fillers to me, though I enjoyed the Meditation hour since it was so relaxing.
My Discharge paperwork recommended 90 meetings in 90 days, which fits with my plan, regular work with a sponsor (also my plan, and enjoying working with the redoubtable Steve B); plus private therapy, which I haven’t started yet (maybe so, maybe not), IOP (which stands for Intensive Out Patient program, which I can’t afford at $800 per week), and re-connecting with my primary physician (saw her yesterday). The Discharge paperwork also said, “Treatment Incomplete due to Financial Concerns.”
Let’s see — uh, “concerns”? That would seem to imply that I’m “concerned” about the $10,000 per month that FRC costs, and don’t want to pay it. The actual situation is that There. Is. No. More. Money.
Another reason my treatment is “Incomplete” is that the Florida Recovery Center docs and Treatment Team envision treatment as a 90-day-program, no exceptions. They have data that they believe shows a better success rate for those who complete 90 days. What I believe is that the typical patient who does 90 days is a physician or nurse who is released to a 5-year monitoring program — the monitoring, IMHO, likely accounts for the increased success rate, at least as much as the additional 30 days of treatment (which to me was getting a bit repetitive).
Anyway, so far so good — 6 meetings in 6 days, going to a 7th in about an hour, and today is Day 69 of sobriety.