When I got to ARC I had no idea what addiction was nor did I know I was an alcoholic at that time, even though alcoholism ran in my family. When I got here I really was at the bottom of my life. I believed that my life was over. It took a fair amount of time during my 30 day stay to begin changing my thinking. However, at some point I went from feeling desperate to thinking that just maybe I can make it. I began to have some hope in my life, and that was due primarily to the love of staff and counselors and other clients.