So tell us your name and your age. My name is Corey; I’m 23. Great, and where did you come from? I’m from Los Angeles. Los Angeles. And is this the first
program you’ve been in, Corey? No, this is number eight. Number eight! OK, so awesome…
And why are you in this program? I have a problem with drugs and all
the other rehabs I’ve been to I’ve had a tendency to leave and relapse.
It’s kind of been my pattern. And so this was kind of my final chance
with my parents, with my family- complete wilderness. And
then I’m going back to another residential program. Very good.
Why do you think WinGate has helped you? Because I know you’ve told me before it has. Yeah, it’s helped me enormously. I came
here, like, not knowing who I was. I was an extremely codependent
person on my ex-boyfriend. I really gave no thought to
my parents, to anyone. And this place- It’s helped me realize who I am. I’ve gained
a sense of spirituality out here, like, I didn’t really believe in God at all and
this wilderness, it’s – how could – it’s beautiful, like how could this happen. You know? It’s just amazing. This place is – I don’t know, I feel like
I’ve truly found myself here. And I’ve gained my relationship
back with my parents. It’s – I’m so grateful for this place.
And it’s humbled me too. Being away from the outside world;
away from all material things: clothes, phone, computer, anything; you really realize how grateful
you are for the things outside of here, but really figuring yourself out while you’re here. Have there been some really specific moments that you might say have
really helped you to gain the self-awareness? Like epiphanies? Or… ? Yeah, actually. It was actually at this
spot, I think about six weeks ago. I was on my solo, so I was away from the
rest of the group, I had my own fire. And I have a really big problem with
being alone. I hate being alone. And this was the first time that I was
actually OK with just being with myself. Didn’t worry about anyone else,
I was just with me and it was an epiphany in itself that
I can be by myself; I don’t need a boyfriend or I don’t need, you know, whatever.
I can just be me and be OK with that. That’s awesome. What kind of advice would you
give someone who might be coming or thinking about coming to WinGate? Just to be open. Be open to this experience. When I first
came I wasn’t very open. I didn’t – I just was doing this so I could
get off of the streets and potentially gain my family’s trust back, but
if you just come in with an open attitude, open mind – like, if you’re willing to you know, take this opportunity as
all that it is, then I think anyone coming here can get the most
out of it. It is what you make of it. If you’re willing to get something out
of it, then I think it’ll be great. Have you grown close to any of
the staff or any of your peers? Yes, very. I mean, we’re like a family here. All of the students – we all get along great. Some of the staff I relate
to extremely well: Gordo. He’s an AA and he’s taught
me a lot about the program. I don’t know, it’s like a family here. And I’m sad to leave. As much
as I want to shower and have food and this and that, like I am
extremely sad to leave these people. Great, maybe you can come back
and work with us as a staff. Maybe, maybe. We’ll see. We’ll see. Well that’s awesome. We appreciate you sharing your journey with
us, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you and we wish you lots of success and happiness in your future. Thank you. I’m extremely grateful for this
place. It’s really – it’s saved my life. That’s awesome. That’s great.
Well you’re super. Thank you!