“After years of feeling the physical strain and emotional remorse
from weekend after weekend of binge drinking, I finally decided to seek
help. The Thelma McMillen Center at TMMC helped me turn my life around.
The structure, informative lectures, group meetings, and real-world experiences
of the counseling staff helped me to build a foundation for “living life on life’s terms”. I am thankful I found their recovery program and all it has done
for me, my family and the many new friends I’ve found along the way.
“Ten years ago, a friend of my son came to me and told me that my
son had a problem with drugs. I was shocked. He was 18 years old, working
on his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology, had a lovely girlfriend,
a steady job, and had his own apartment. We had a family meeting and my
son agreed to move home and get help. Well now what? I didn’t know
how to get him the help I promised. I knew nothing about addiction. I
had never known any addicts or alcoholics. I didn’t have a clue
where to start.
I turned to the internet, and found Thelma McMillen. My son was able to
have a consult the very next day, and started treatment immediately. I
started attending family groups. When I learned the extent of his addiction,
my life became a constant state of fear and worry.
My prayers for my son changed from “Please let him have a wonderful
career, family home, etc.” to “Please let him live another
day.” I wrestled with the guilt of how I had failed as a parent
and became determined to make it up to him. I attended the family groups
for the sole purpose of helping my son, but what I found was help for
myself. I couldn’t believe that other family members were feeling
the same things that I was feeling. It was such a relief to not feel alone
in my pain. I learned that everything I thought I was doing to help him
was in fact aiding and abetting his addiction. I learned that this is
a family disease and we all needed to get healthy.
Today my son is happy and helping others with their struggles. The road
was not easy but it continues to be successful, and it started at Thelma
“Thelma McMillen….has kept me sober. They taught me how to
live sober. After thirty-nine years of drinking I had no idea how to function
without alcohol. I met other people who were getting sober, made many
friends, did everyday things, all with sober people and found it was fun
and meaningful. I learned it was more than OK to have sober friends, it
was fun and the whole world doesn't function on mind altering substances
or alcohol. A real awakening.”
“When I came into The McMillen Center three years ago I had no idea
I would have the life I have today. With the help of counselors and peer
groups I gained a better way of seeing the journey ahead of me. I no longer
live in the past and work on being present. What a gift! Thank You Thelma
“I arrived at Thelma in the summer of 2008 at age 73, having tried
and failed to stop drinking for many years. I was worried that, at my
age, it was too late. The staff quickly put me at ease, and gave me an
important clue, ‘Be Honest!!’ That made no sense but I tried
it, and it worked! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
“I came to Thelma McMillen seeking help with my problem with alcohol,
what I received was the gift of life. After 11 years of not drinking,
I found myself in detox following a 30 day binge. I was dismayed, disgusted
and demoralized. I needed help, not just detox.
A social worker from the hospital pointed me in the direction of Thelma
McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment. Scared to death I called
that same day and entered the program the following day.
As sick as I was, both mentally, emotionally and physically, I needed a
team of professional men and women who not only had the knowledge and
experience, but the patience and heart to help me. The staff at Thelma
McMillen; from the receptionists, counselors, therapists and the director
of the program himself were open, genuine and loving from day one. Thelma
McMillen gave me an understanding of my disease and showed me the way
to a sober life worth living.
“I write this testimonial in the hope others find what was so freely
given me. I am truly grateful for The Thelma McMillen Center and all those
responsible for forever changing my life. The team of counselors and intensive
curriculum dedicated to serving others has been my greatest blessing.
30 years ago my brother struggling with addiction was a patient of the
current Executive Director of Thelma McMillen, Dr. Gelbart. Little did
I know some years later I too would struggle with Alcohol addiction.
The Comprehensive education I received about the causes and baffling effects
of addiction has completely changed me. I have been given the tools to
live a productive, purposeful, happy life. Addiction not only destroys
the individual but also destroys the family and friends associated with
that individual. Thelma McMillen has resurrected this soul, restored my
family and given me back so many personal relationships that I once had lost.
Thank You Thelma McMillen for showing me the way. I once lived in darkness
but have been given the gift of living in the light. There is hope for
all thanks to Thelma McMillen. You too can be the light of the world.”
“Hello my name is Evan, and i am an alcoholic. I am 36 years old
and I am a father of 3 beautiful daughters soon to be 4. I am a son, a
brother and my own worse enemy. I have been a drinker for 20 plus years
of my life. It started in high school like most teenagers and progressed
while in the Marine Corps. I started drinking to be social and while hanging
out, but that didn’t last long. I would always want more and more.
I would never drink during the work week i would wait till Friday night
and not stop till Monday morning. I was bad! I got injured at work and
due to all the down time drinking was the only thing i had to do to kill
the time and the pain. I now was drinking everyday all day. I was losing
my daughters and the ones that were close to me. I needed help and Thelma
McMillen was my saving grace. I never thought that i could live without
drinking cause i never new a life without it. I gave into the fact that
i was an alcoholic, which was the hardest thing i had to do and committed
myself to 9 months of this program. Needless to say it worked. I am now
9 months sober and I am on top of the world. I now have my life back and
i don’t have to drink to be social, go boating, to a wedding, or
just to get through the day. Thelma McMillen has taught me how to do this.
They have given me the tools i need to beat this addiction. I will always
be an alcoholic, but I have learned how to handle situations in life without
picking up that bottle. In ending Thelma McMillen has saved my life and
given me a life that i never thought was possible. I am free of the shackles
of my alcohol and i owe this all to Themla McMillen.”
“I'm an alumnus of the Thelma McMillen Intensive Outpatient Program.
I started the program in December 2014 and graduated in August of 2015.
I didn't think the program was for me when I started. In fact, I almost
walked out of my first night. Dr. Watson was kind enough to talk to me
and he just basically said to give the program a try. So I did and sat
in my first family group with much pessimism. But as I started to hear
other people share their story, I heard some similarities with my own
story. I just decided from then on to 'keep coming back'. I'm
here to tell you from my experience that the program works. But it will
only work if you are willing to do what they ask you to do. The program
is simple and straightforward. It's not until towards the middle of
my program that I truly believed that I'm an alcoholic. There were
times that I struggled with my addiction but I just followed what they
asked me to do and I am still sober. They really gave me the tools to
use to prevent myself from relapsing. I truly believe it's a good
“Just wanting to write and let you know how much your program helped
me... I was lost and in a great deal of trouble with my health I have
Hep-C and had stage four liver cirrhosis and I bled out four times due
to my relapses... I called Thelma and asked if they would allow me to
come back into treatment...without a second thought they said yes. It
literally saved my life...it`s a great program...run by people who know
what they`re doing, who care about the clients and who`s knowledge about
recovery is second to none. I owe Thelma my life and I`m eternally grateful
for their continued guidance and support,