This program is 100% responsible for the reason I am alive.
“A few years ago my life was in a slow downward spiral. I decided that life was too much and I was tired of feeling like a burden to those around me. I took a handfull of pills from multiple bottles and drifted off to sleep. I woke up the next morning in the hospital thanks to a friend who knew something was wrong and came to check on me. The next few days were fuzzy as the medication slowly left my system. I spent an evening in the psych ward that only seemed to make me feel worse. I was alone and terrified to leave my room because I didn’t know what kind of people were outside my door. I’ve never felt more alone and vulnerable in my life.
I was then asked to meet with a few doctors to discuss the next steps in my recovery. At that point in time, I was only focused on going home. The doctors suggested the Partial Program and I agreed wholeheartedly, especially since it meant I got to sleep in my own bed that night. I was told I would start the next day. Once I was home, I went back and forth as to whether I was actually going to show up the next morning. I thought I was a lost soul that could never be fixed.
I gave it a try. I don’t think I need to go into detail in this letter as to what happens at the Partial Program. You guys run it, so obviously you know. But there is one thing that I do need to go into detail on… This program is 100% responsible for the reason I am alive typing this to you right now. The staff of the Partial Program are some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in the medical field. They CARE. They LISTEN. They REMEMBER. For the first time in so long, I was able to share my story and what I was feeling and not feel like I was burdening someone. Every day I got results, whereas before I felt that I was spinning in circles. The Partial Program taught me so many life skills that I never knew- and that I continue to use to this day. If the Partial Program is not considered one of Memorial’s biggest assets, it really should be. I am not downplaying any other department within the hospital, but just like the oncology department, the ER and ICU, the Partial Program saves countless lives. Including mine. I never really hear anything about the Partial Program. Until I was a patient, I didn’t even know it existed. I think it is imperative to get the word out that such an amazing program not only exists, but that it WORKS. I know I am only one of hundreds of success stories of partial, but I will always be one of the strongest supporters.
If there is anything I can do to help bring awareness to this God-send, NAME IT. I owe my life and wellbeing to those counselors and doctors that helped me through that awful time in my life. There is absolutely no way I would be where I am today if it weren’t for those angels that work with the Partial Program. I am eternally grateful. Thank you for your time in reading this… and if it needs to be passed along to someone else please send it forward.”