“For the past five years, I have received mental health services from the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic. For the first four years, I continued to do self-harming behavior. For the past year, I have received individual therapy from an awesome counselor. I was able to stop taking psychiatric medications six months ago because of the support received from groups, counselors and case managers at the clinic. Every week I continue to grow stronger.”Anonymous client with SMI
“I met Joseph* several months ago at our Job Club through vocational rehabilitation at WYGC. He was 8 months sober after a 25-year addiction, and he struggled with homelessness and issues of self-esteem. Despite his recovery, he still suffered from psychosis that caused him to hear voices. We would meet to work on a life tool called “identifying and recognizing value,” an exercise used to promote personal growth. As Joseph progressed, the Rehabilitative Service Administration arranged for him to receive vocational certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Joseph is now happy with his current life, and his new employers are even approaching him with opportunities to advance. Recently, he said to me, with tears in his eyes, that he never thought he would be able to achieve stability and lead a productive life.”WYGC Clinician
When I came to Haddon House (a supervised living facility for adults with serious mental illness that aims to integrate them back into the community), I was in a dark place and basically without hope. I’m 61 years old and have been in and out of jails, rehab centers, hospitals and even on skid row, drinking and drugging for the majority of my life. I have been clean and sober for different lengths of time. I was blessed to have been married for 23 years at one point and that all ended in 2007. My wife died in that year that started a downward spiral with several attempts to end my life. I was very angry and confrontational when I showed up at Haddon House. I didn’t want anything to do with another treatment center. I had heard it all before and wanted to leave and go back to my sorry life. I’d say about the first month at Haddon House, I was very difficult to be around (to put it mildly). But I started praying and attending lots of AA meetings. As a result, little things began to change in my attitude and I became more receptive to what the staff were trying to teach me. Eventually, my life started to take on a new beginning. I participated in lots of groups, and I started being real and getting in touch with my feelings. I didn’t like being pissed off with everything and everyone. A funny thing happened when I became aware of how I reacted to life. Now that I was nicer, other people became nicer toward me. I found that it is so much easier to do the right thing. Anyway I’m out of Haddon House now and I am working toward going to school in Phoenix to learn how to build and repair guitars. Today I love people and trust God. I’m not just waiting around to die. I’m involved and I have hope. That is a miracle and I thank God every day. I have the outlook that every day is a new beginning and it’s an opportunity to see the miracle. Thank you everyone at Haddon House.Anonymous Graduate of the Haddon House Program
*At WYGC, we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.