Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Don Varden – Testimonial

As someone who struggled with alcoholism for the past decade, I had reached a point where my entire life was compromised. Due to my addiction, I had lost friends, ostracized family members and racked up considerable debt. I tried seeking assistance countless times, but I either could not afford proper treatment or relapsed due to insufficient care. Just as I was about to give up all hope, I was referred to Seasons in Malibu and its CEO Don Varden.

After being to countless other rehab facilities I was tentative to attend another. After all, what made Seasons any different? As I quickly found out, Seasons in Malibu was different than most other treatment centers in just about every imaginable way. The first thing I noticed was that Seasons was considerably more affordable than most higher end facilities. Additionally, they accepted my insurance. Heck, they even offered to pay for my flight to Malibu. Also, Don Varden was well known in the business world as someone who cared about the well-being of suffering individuals such as myself. Thanks to his gleaming reputation for success and because I would not incur any significant financial debt, I decided to give Seasons a try. Boy, am I glad I did.

I always feared speaking about my problems in a group setting, but at Seasons in Malibu I didn’t have to. I was assigned a professional therapist and met with her on a one-on-one basis. She truly helped me understand why I became an addict in the first place and taught me valuable techniques to suppress my urges to drink. Also, for the first time in years, I began appreciating my surroundings. If I didn’t know any better, I would think that Seasons in Malibu was a 5-star resort, not an addiction recovery center. I participated in daily activities that gradually healed both my body and my mind.

Upon graduating I was provided with a comprehensive aftercare program and told to call if I ever felt as though I was going to relapse. It’s been six months since I checked into Seasons in Malibu, and I can proudly say that I’ve been alcohol free since that time. Thank you Seasons, and thank you Don Varden for running such an awesome establishment. 

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