My brother in law spent four months at Seven Ponds. And how he got there is amazing. We have been doing cocaine and whiskey together for 15 years. We are very tight and have both been in and out of treatment places throughout Florida for at least 10 years. This last year he was on a very nasty run and started in with heroin, something we both agreed would never happen to either of us. But it did. I was in Tampa with him on Valentines day helping him buy a car for his wife. The car salesman was a very cool guy and he could see my brother in law was loaded.
He suggested that we go inside and chat. In 20minutes he was driving us to a medical detox center where my brother in law stayed for about a week. When he was about to be discharged, our car salesman friend showed up and wanted to buy lunch and talk. It was not about buying cars it was about getting into a treatment program. As it turned out he was a recovering heroin addict who found a special program on-line that changed his life. He offered to pay for the flight out there and to accompany my brother in law.
Twenty-four hours later they were landing in Dallas with a Seven Ponds shuttle waiting for them. We all expected my brother in law to turn it around and run. Amazingly he took the 90minute ride up north into Oklahoma and onto Seven Ponds ranch. According to him he had no idea why he agreed to travel 1300 miles to a ranch in Oklahoma to get help for his addictions. Some way he knew he was supposed go there.
We did not hear from my brother in law for two weeks. The car salesman stayed with him for three days, and it turned out that he knew everyone there because he had spent 6 months at Seven Ponds getting off heroin almost 3 years ago. His passion was not selling cars, but loving his wife and their 3year old daughter, and helping addicts move into Seven Ponds.
My brother in law still is blown away by his Seven Ponds experience. He talks all the time about the peace and stillness, the beauty, the therapy dogs, the daily activities, the wilderness treks, and he loved the huge library and meditation center. Our whole family is planning on driving to Oklahoma next year after my brother in law and me both have one year clean.