It is very hard for me to express in words what the PHP means to me. How can one truly express enough gratitude to an organization that saved their life? I can’t; and that is exactly what the PHP did for me – they saved my life.
I became a “member” of the PHP at a very tumultuous time in my life over four years ago. It was a time where I felt the world was caving in on me. I was the unhappiest I had ever been in my life and that led to me self-medicating myself in an effort to quiet my misery. When that stopped working, I decided that the best remedy would be to end my life.
Fortunately Lou Verna from the PHP was there at just the right time and offered me the gift of 88 days of treatment. I will never forget how caring and compassionate Lou was to both my family and me during that difficult time. I accepted the treatment without hesitation, but then the hard work began. When I got out of treatment I needed a lot of guidance and advice on how to “rebuild” my life. The PHP was always there for me. Whether it was Lou, Vicki or even Dr. Jon Shapiro, they were always a phone call away with the advice and support that I needed.
Since leaving treatment and beginning recovery, my life has become better than any dreams I have ever had. I am now married with a beautiful baby daughter. I have a wonderful new job and was just promoted to assistant medical director and I have wonderful close friends who are all in recovery with me.
I owe all of this to the foundation that the PHP helped me to build. I have come to think of the PHP not merely as a support organization, but actually like a part of my family. My wife and I try to visit the PHP staff in Harrisburg when we get the time so that we can share our blessings and joy with them. I am truly grateful to the PHP and will be so for the rest of my life.