In looking for a rehab center that would finally work for me (after 3 previous rehabs), I found Bayshore Retreat. They provided a diverse group of counselors with a variety of effective teaching/therapy styles. The wide variety of treatment programs such as; group and individual counseling sessions, quality gym and sauna time, massage therapy, life skills, etc… were all highly motivating.
The environment at Bayshore is positively relaxing and they really care! I’m finally living my new, healthy life and loving it! Glenn
It was a Spring afternoon in 2011 when I reached out for the last time. I had gone through a lot in the past few months. I had ended a 13 year relationship with the “love of my life.” I had been laid off from a job that could have only been described as the provider of my soul and reason to live. I had also been in the hospital and/or jail more times in the previous six months than I have fingers.
When I first spoke to Jeff, I remember feelings of embarrassment, depression and humiliation… He quickly sliced through all that and made me feel like the past didn’t matter, only that the future did. The passion he possessed in getting me help was like nothing I had seen. He helped me begin to see small rays of hope on the horizon…
I was hopeless. I thought that the drinking gave me courage and that it also helped me to forget the pain. But I was only fooling myself. Only when I was smashed did I feel like I “fit in” or that I mattered. It took the great support system of professionals at Bayshore Retreat to help me see that that was not the case. I am so thankful that now I am able to live my life without the noose of addiction tightening around my neck…
Today I am living back in my house. I have gotten my dream job. I learned at Bayshore that the easiest thing to change is people, places and things, but that is not always a viable option. The best thing, for me, was to live a simple and humbling life for a while. I cut out all the b.s. and drama that my life had become and got back to the basics. Once I began to do that, I could really concentrate on me and what my recovery needed to be. Bayshore Retreat helped me to do just that.
It’s amazing to look back on life and not regret my past, but to respect it. It made me who I am today. Bayshore Retreat helped me to see that I am not the person my addiction made me think I was, and that my life is worth living! Sobriety is the best drug out there and I am truly indebted to Bayshore for helping me realize that!
Rehab never sounded like the place for me. I thought I could beat this on my own … It took years of broken dreams and relationships before I finally reached a point to consider rehab.
As I’m not one to invest my money or time frivolously, I started doing research. Many appeared to meet my requirements of what I was initially looking for. Only one, however, seemed sincere in their desire to accommodate my needs.
I really liked Bayshore Retreat’s philosophy. I own my own business and needed the freedom to handle the inevitable situations that arise while continuing to work on myself.
The supervised outings also sounded like a revolutionary idea. When one is working so hard on healing himself, it’s important to have a break. I learned to enjoy life sober with people who care about me as a human, not just the bottom line.
That meant a lot to me that an owner of this company would put me first.
If you truly want help with and education about your addiction, then this is the place! If you just want to blend in and get through your rehab experience, I’d suggest somewhere else.
A special thank you is extended to Jeff, Megan and the wonderful staff of Bayshore Retreat. It’s comforting to know that, if needed, you guys are just a text or a phone call away.
Once I entered Bayshore Retreat, I finally realized just how close I was to losing everything I loved and even some things I did not realize I loved. I knew I had to overcome my addiction to alcohol. I also knew that rehab was the way to do it. I was scared and ashamed of the situation I had put myself in.
The night I arrived I instantly felt like family. I was physically beaten up from a car accident and broken emotionally as well. The staff at Bayshore Retreat made me feel comfortable immediately. Here was an environment where it was easy to share and be myself without fear of judgment. In a matter of only thirty days I saw my emotional wounds begin to heal along with my physical wounds. Though we spent a lot of time in group and talking to the counselors one-on-one, we also spent time finding new hobbies. Every weekend we tried something new, from deep-sea fishing to sunset dolphin cruises to target practice at the shooting range. These activities gave me opportunities to find out what really interested me. I am healthier today than I have been in a long time. I continue to enjoy activities and practices I learned at Bayshore like fishing, working out daily and meditating. While I was there, they also helped me find a job, a car, and a place to live knowing I could not go back to my life as it was.
I could go on for hours about the kind of grace, love, patience and flexibility that was shown to me.
To this day I consider the people at Bayshore Retreat my family. They will always have a special place in my heart as the first people who got to see the real me.
Love you guys!!!, S.
Bayshore Retreat provides an atmosphere that is comfortable, inviting, and safe.
The location makes you feel as if you are tucked away; however, they offer a huge array of off-site activities for clients to do. The House has all the comforts of one’s own home and has some amazing amenities.
You can tell that the staff truly cares about each individual client as they tailor the program to each person’s own needs. I couldn’t have asked for a better staff and location in a time when I needed to put my life back together. I will always be thankful and blessed that I was able to be a part of Bayshore Retreat’s program. C.
I’ve been to several rehabs. Most of them were large and impersonal. I couldn’t wait to leave and basically just went through the motions.
When we found Bayshore it was like nothing I ever experienced. They cared about what I liked to eat, asked me how I felt about things and treated me like a regular person, not some ‘screw up’ or something. I really wanted to do better – they worked so hard for me I couldn’t help but want to work as hard for myself. There were some tough times, but we had fun times and all in all it was a great experience. I felt like I was in a family.
I’m back at the work I love and I know that I can pick up the phone and call Jeff anytime and he’d be there. I now have true friends who just want the best for me, who care what happens to me and I don’t want to disappoint them or my family any longer. It feels good to know someone cares about me for me, not for what I can do for them. Thank you guys at Bayshore. D.
My family decided to have an intervention with me. What a surprise… they ganged up on me and someone came there from Bayshore to help with it. Basically after crying and screaming at each other I was told to pack my bags I was going to Destin. I had no choice in the matter. My kids needed me to be sober and my life was not supportive for them. That I couldn’t deny.
So I had 30 minutes to pack and I was off. I hated the whole idea and pretty much let everyone at Bayshore know it. I threatened to leave everyday for the first two weeks. Finally I realized, that they weren’t going to give up on me. I decided to stay an additional four weeks because I wasted the first two with my pissy attitude. Now my life’s better than it’s ever been. I’m happy, I’m sober and my kids actually like me. I owe so much to my parents for being so insistent and to the folks at Bayshore for understanding and working so hard to help me, even when I didn’t want to help myself. R.