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Testimonials

REACHING OUT

I haven’t reached out since my commencement and wanted to write to you a little something. I can’t thank you enough for your program. Before starting, I thought it was all about my recovery, but now looking back it had everything to do with my life and what’s going on with me on the inside. I can honestly tell you I feel like a totally different person since the first day I walked into Imagine. I had no idea how much I needed Imagine till I finished. You have an amazing staff and can’t thank you enough for everything you and your team has done for me.

– recent Imagine IOP graduate

A RECENT OUTPATIENT PROGRAM GRADUATE SHARES HER EXPERIENCE

Hi Felicia,

I can’t say enough how much Imagine has impacted my life. Being in a new city, I felt lucky and grateful that a place like Imagine was a familiarity and sort-of home base in my life for the first couple months – and I know it will always be there for me moving forward. It has not only helped me build a strong community and confidence as I start this new chapter of my life, but it also has given me tools to continue to succeed in whatever life throws at me.

I am amazed at the group of people you have recruited for your staff as everyone has blown me away by their kindness, respect, and patience. Imagine is truly a special place with the most special people. My life has changed for the better, and I can thank Imagine for that.

My haiku to you and all of the wonderful people at Imagine:

I can’t Imagine

Where my mind would be today,

Without y’alls support.

I love you all and love the place you have created.

Best,
Sarah

JUNE 2ND 2021 – 5 MONTHS SOBER TODAY!!

Dear Felicia and Chris,

June 2nd 2021 – 5 months sober today!!

What to say? Just, wow. I can’t believe how amazing the journey with Imagine was and hopefully still is. I reflect back on who I was when I called you in early January. It was a Sunday morning and I was driving around aimlessly after my walk in City Park trying to not drink and trying to see through the crocodile tears of sadness that were overwhelming me. I didn’t know what was wrong all I knew was that I needed help and that I could not do this on my own. Fortunately, I had saved the Imagine number in my phone as I had gone to one of the Anders’ songwriting projects sometime back. When I was at Imagine for the event I was so blown away by the community spirit and happiness that permeated the walls of Imagine. I remember thinking to myself “maybe this is something that I want to try.”

“What I Think”

I was sitting outside, enjoying the breeze, watching the trees sway and admiring the beautiful colors. For me, that is a stillness I was once uncomfortable being in. I must admit, I did not think I needed IOP at Imagine after completing a 30-day inpatient program. In fact, I felt I knew all the cliché sayings, read the material, had it thrown at me from every direction, and I would not gain anything from attending IOP post-inpatient treatment. Oh how wrong I was! While attending group meetings and one-on-ones, I gained so much insight, compassion and confidence. I learned to fully forgive, both myself and others. I am more patient when I used to be reactionary. The shell of a person I once considered myself is now humbly strong. And guess what – I like me. I could not have made these leaps without the guidance and suggestions I received at Imagine. I am beyond grateful to have y’all as part of my journey. Thank you so much for everything you do and everything you’ve allowed me to gain through your program. Much Love Ladies 🙂
S.E.
recent Imagine IOP graduate

A BEAUTIFUL TEXT FROM A RECENT ALUMNA 🙂

I am so blessed to receive texts like this… 🙂

Hey Felicia,
I didn’t wanna call cause I didn’t wanna cry again… I just wanted to say thank you so much… y’all really have changed my life for the better, and helped me start trusting people again… I love and appreciate y’all so much, for real.

THANKSGIVING DAY, 2020 TEXT FROM CLIENT JS 🙂

Hi Felicia,

I hope you are having a great Thanksgiving with your family. I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am to you and the entire Imagine staff. This has been a wonderful experience for me and my family. For the first time, I feel like I am in recovery and not just sober. Before Imagine, I didn’t know there was a difference. Thanks for everything, I am just so appreciative of all you do.>

Dearest Felicia,

Dearest Felicia,

I wanted to express something to you, because it’s important to me that you know this. When I made that call to you on June 1st, I was sitting in my car in the driveway, paralyzed with fear and self-loathing and feeling completely broken. I knew that I had no choice but to change something but I had absolutely no idea how to begin that process and, more importantly, no idea where I could find the strength to do so. The demoralization was immense and all-encompassing. Your voice on the other end of the phone was calm, warm, and reassuring. You shared that you were in long-term recovery and so I felt that maybe I was talking to a kindred soul, and I felt your hand extended to me, offering help. That was the first time that I experienced a tiny, faraway voice deep within myself that said maybe, just maybe, if this person could turn her life around, that I might be able to do the same. I now understand that this is the power of one alcoholic talking to another. I know that Imagine is your and Christopher’s business, but I also see that it is your life’s calling. You, and all of the wonderful people at Imagine, have helped me go from feeling isolated and “apart-from” to a growing sense of being a “part of” life again. I see tremendous shifts in my life already and know that if I stay the course, things can only continue to improve. There is really no way to express the enormity of my gratitude. Consider this the biggest, warmest hug for everything you have done for me.

With much love,

“C”

THANK YOU, THANK YOU – YOU’RE THE BEST!

Dear Imagine,

Thank you for everything you have done for our daughter! We cannot “imagine” where she would be without your help! Words cannot express our gratitude!
Peace & Love,

J & J (Imagine IOP and OP alumni parents)

I’M SO GRATEFUL, A CARD FROM A RECENT IMAGINE IOP GRADUATE

I’M SO GRATEFUL

Hi everybody,

To everyone in the Imagine Family, I wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart. This truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. I promise to come back every now and again because I don’t want to lose touch with the people that changed my life for the better.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you and with love,

”Anonymous male graduate, 24”

THANK YOU LETTER FROM AN IMAGINE CLIENT’S MOM

I cannot thank you and your staff enough for the support provided to my son during an extremely difficult time in his life. The professional care and the personal support provided to him was beyond our expectations. Everyone treated him as a unique person with his own unique struggles and not just as a “client.” Your care extended to his family; as everyone involved in his care responded immediately to our concerns and struggles with his journey. You have created a true “family” at Imagine and even now as he moves forward, I know he will continue to use the skills he has acquired during his time with you. You will always have my deepest thanks for helping my son get his life back.

MY LETTER TO IOP GROUP

My Letter to IOP Group

Dear Imagine Staff and Friends,

It has truly been a pleasure getting to know all of you at my time here at Imagine. I very much believe that every person I have met here was put into my life for a reason, especially at a time when I needed it more than ever. You all have taught me so many new things about myself and about this world as a whole.

With y’alls help, I have learned to be comfortable with who I am as a person, how to be myself,
and the value of friendships, patience, tolerance, acceptance, and most importantly,
just how to laugh and have fun again while being sober all at the same time.

Now looking back when I was active in my alcohol addiction, I never let myself feel the job that each day brought, but through all the love, care and support from all of you, I finally have learned to find joy in others as well as in myself. Now I wake up every morning knowing that there is so much to live for and that hard times will come but will never stay. Each and every one of you has contributed to my treatment here, and for that, I can never express my appreciation fully, but one thing I can tell you all is that I will never forget any of you and I am certain we will stay in touch for a lifetime. I truly could not ask for better friends…

Three-and-a-half months ago, I never saw myself ever getting help. Not only did I not want the help, I believed that my addiction was not that bad. It took every bit of strength I had to admit to myself that I had an alcohol problem. I have learned that it’s okay not to be perfect because no one is perfect, life isn’t perfect, and it’s not supposed to be. Most importantly, I have learned that recovery is not meant to do alone. Before I got sober, I turned to alcohol for everything, it was my problem as well as my solution. Today, after learning so many new discoveries about myself I never thought existed, I don’t have to turn to alcohol anymore. I have learned how to cope with life’s uncertainties in a whole new way that has nothing to do with picking up a drink. This program has entirely changed my life for the better.

For once in my life, I actually like the person I am. I have a very bright future ahead of me and I am excited to see what my new sober life has in store for me!

IMAGINE GRADUATE BROOKE B. POEM 6.3.19

Balance

As the door opens, a warm inviting light
Bright, colorful art on the wall in sight

An uptown shotgun converted with care
A safe, sacred space for many to share

To grow and heal and figure things out
To see what “a sober lifestyle” is all about

My 10 weeks at Imagine have gone by so fast
The lessons & love in my heart will always last

The patterns on this rug I will never forget
The tears I shed without one regret

I’ve learned to love myself a lil more each day
To look in the mirror & know it’s going to be OK

So as this chapter of my book comes to its end
For those in this circle, we’ll all stay friends

To the staff at Imagine, to the coffee and cashews
To this clean, happy mindset I hope never to lose

Brooke B.
June 3, 2019
#90 days sober

Felicia & Chris,

We are beyond grateful for what you have done for our son and our family. You caught a soul before he fell too far and redirected the course of his life. What we are learning about epigenetics is that you have not only impacted our son, but also his future children and their children. You are deeply impacting this world. You are both such inspirations to all those that are fortunate enough to know you.

With deepest gratitude,

Parents of an Imagine alumni

“When I came through the doors of Imagine last year, I looked and felt like the “before” photo in a pet adoption advertisement: Sick, scared, confused, and probably not smelling all that great. I didn’t know exactly what I needed, only that I wanted a better life, a healthier, happier one. Soon after, I became Imagine Client #1. No pressure, right? After ten weeks of IOP and eight weeks of outpatient treatment, I felt as though I’d been born again. It’s not hard to see why Imagine has chosen a phoenix as its spirit animal and logo, a legendary mythical creature that is continuously born anew from its own ashes. And that’s precisely how I feel today, rebuilt from the charred remains of an unhealthy and fearful life, a new and better man, husband, brother, son, and (at least I hope) member of the human race. For the first time in a long time, I have peace, health, and hope, which are no small things. I am, and will always be, eternally grateful for those gifts.

– Scott G.

“Imagine, for me is a place where the science of mind meets the heart. That is the cumulative result of everyone’s knowledge, efforts and intentions when they show up, and it is hard to find in programs that offer treatment for substance use disorders. This brings me to my second point: with high fidelity to a true bio psychosocial and spiritual approach to substance use disorders, Imagine offers treatment, community and advocacy.

This again, is unique at Imagine and necessary for recovery. I am honored to be working with you all and look forward to 2019 together.”

– Dr. José Calderón

“So, my time at Imagine was nothing short of Amazing!! Coming out of a 2-month stint in an in-patient rehab in West Palm beach. I was battling an intense cross addiction with benzodiazepines for my extreme anxiety and alcohol. I was still badly broken and needed the extra help to transition back in to society and get my anxiety under control. The staff at Imagine helped me with that. I owe it to August, Keith and Marianna, the clinical social workers, who gave me the tools I needed to deal with my anxiety and the skills to live my life free of substances. I looked forward to the 3 days a week because I was on a schedule and I knew I was going to learn something that I could apply to my new life. The staff at Imagine cared, always asking how your day is going, if you are ok, if anything is bothering you? You need that when you are making the transition into a sober life. I was greeted every morning by Lauren who cared tremendously and by the founders, Felicia and Chris every afternoon. I want to mention everyone because each employee played a critical role in my transition. It felt so good to have people that have been there and understand first-hand what you’re going through.

I know for a fact I wouldn’t have over 11 months of sobriety without Imagine and their caring staff. This is 5-star rehabilitation. I would recommend Imagine to anyone and everyone who want to get out of the heaviness of addiction, and simply, learn how to live life again. A big thanks to the entire staff at Imagine.

– Scott V.

“I will NEVER forget you and Chris taking my hand and walking me through the hardest time in my life. Your words gave me hope when I needed it the most. I make 6 months this week!!”

– Catilin S.

“I came to Imagine after relapsing for the first time after 5 years of sobriety. Not only did they welcome me with open arms, they have become like a family…a family that supports you and helps you, completely void of judgment. One day at a time, I remain sober today. Working with August is transformational. I can visibly track progress with the tools she’s given me to accept myself, love myself, and believe in myself. Lauren at the front desk is so gentle and calming and is always there to help in anyway. Felicia and Chris have completely put a new face to recovery, one that actually works and changes lives.”

– CeCe C.

“The warm atmosphere enhanced by the professionalism and kindness of all who work at Imagine make it a pleasurable place to work. The first year has been enjoyable.”

– Mike Mahony, MD

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