Testimonials

These are personal testimonials from previous clients affiliated with Fallen Leaves staff.

I met Nathan at the young age of 17, I won’t tell you my current age until the end of this. In January of 1987 I met Nathan for the first time, funny how some things you never forget. I had been on the adult psychiatric unit, eating disorders team, as they called it for 6 months by that time.

– Rosemary

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I met Nathan at the young age of 17, I won’t tell you my current age until the end of this. In January of 1987 I met Nathan for the first time, funny how some things you never forget. I had been on the adult psychiatric unit, eating disorders team, as they called it for 6 months by that time. I had so many different encounters, therapies by that time and I guess "the team" at that point just didn’t know what to do or where to go with me. I was quite the patient or really not such a good one. I had never felt so desperate, alone and just hopeless by that point. I did anything I could then mostly self destructive things to feel some semblance of care or concern from others. I had no clue at the time that this man that came to interview me would save me from myself, would teach me that I was worth something to not only myself but others as well. I was I guess at that time not very treatment compliant, I was bulimic, a self mutilator, constantly suicidal with several attempts and dabbled in various chemicals for weight control. Prior to being becoming preoccupied with food and weight I had at a very young age used whatever I could to escape. I could not tolerate being me and did everything possibly could to not to feel. I at the time was so clueless as to why. So after a few interviews with this man who I knew genuinely had my best interest at heart, I agreed to be transferred to the ACCEPT unit at the hospital. But just so I could test him and his commitment I refused to go to his unit that very morning. Nathan came to the unit I was on personally that late morning and told me he would carry me over ther kicking and screaming if he had to but I was being transferred! Oh I’m not sure he was thinking that was a good idea after I had been there because I did everything I could to give him and the rest of the ACCEPT team a run for their money. Anytime anyone got even a little close to tangled web of emotion and chaos I felt on the inside I did my best to run mentally and actually on several occasions physically. All three times I ran Nathan personally got out on the streets to find me. The first time in the dead of a winter snow storm while we were on our break between groups another girl and I waited for the cleaning staff to be leaving the unit, when the door started to close, they were locked units, I quietly put my foot in the door the hold it open. She and I got up snuck out the door, and since I had been there so long I knew the hallways and exits like nobody’s business.

That time I did end up getting home to NY where I stayed for 3 weeks but quickly fell apart and went back to the hospital. So as time on the unit went on, I again got way to close to emotions and while working out at the gym I again took off, here I was running down the street with this huge man and psychiatrist running along side of me. Back to the unit I went…. The last time I ran I ended up climbing up to the top parking garage, I felt so desperate and afraid and wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump, I just know I didn’t want to feel. And again there Nathan was climbing right up next to me. My first affirmation on the unit was " I’m Rosemary, bulimic, addict, I’m terrified to confront my family and feelings and I act helpless to be taken care of." When I graduated from the unit it was " I’m Rosemary I am a beautiful person and I’m getting my needs met." It took awhile for me to actually be able to say that and know that it was true. I spent 5 more months on that unit and never in my life had I felt so in touch and ok with myself.

Nathan told me at the end of my time there, I will know how you are doing until your 35! I didnt really believe him, how could anyone be that invested in just some kid. So after that time there, I went home against the advice of Nathan and completed, barely my senior year of high school. Again became totally wrapped up in my eating disorder, self mutilation and really just wanted to die. I hadn’t used any chemicals so I was very surprised and resistant when I went back to the hospital, they said I could only go to Nathan’s unit!! It was for me, a quick stay 4 months and Nathan found me a residential facility in Pa, for those who struggled not only with addiction (my ED is my addiction) issues but also psychiatric issues. I began to really believe thatNathan would always be there for me, in ways my parents just couldn’t at that time. I believed him when he said he will always know where I am and how I am doing. I stayed connected and in touch with him cause he would always tell me things others were afraid to, but what I needed to hear for survival. I loved him like a father. Over the many years since I have had a relapse once after extreme trauma and the birth of my third child, but I have really learned to,love and care for me first with Nathan’s help. 5 years after going to the residential in Pa, I began to work for them and eventually became a director of one of their sites, I worked with those suffering from dual diagnosis and SPMI. I married, had 3 beautiful children whom one I even hadNathan come talk to, when she was 16 and struggling. I trusted Nathan with my life and my child’s. 

Nathan never Broke his promise to me about always knowing where and how I am, sometimes after not hearing from me he will send a text, hey where and how are you? I am currently 46 years old, Nathan has been a part of my life and recovery for almost 30 years. I can’t even imagine what my life would be like had he not stepped in and said, you are coming to my unit. His dedication, knowledge and compassion for those he serves to help are endless. If any of my children or family were in need of help Nathan is the first person I would turn to. If I at any point need a wake up or reminder of who I am and what today I am capable of I call him!

– Rosemary

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My name is Stephanie and this is a story I thought I would never have to tell. About three years ago, I started to see a change in my daughter Cynthia. She started cutting classes which led to her cutting school all together. She changed her whole network of friends. Within the three years my daughter started to become a total stranger to me.

– Stephanie Sengel

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My name is Stephanie and this is a story I thought I would never have to tell. About three years ago, I started to see a change in my daughter Cynthia. She started cutting classes which led to her cutting school all together. She changed her whole network of friends. Within the three years my daughter started to become a total stranger to me. She was always angry. She always had an excuse or story for every action she took. Her anger progressed so much that we made a few trips to the hospital due to her punching walls. She started stealing from me. I would find money missing all the time. Then I started seeing my jewelry disappearing. I knew she was acting out but I also kept making excuses for her. She didn’t have the easiest of childhoods so it was very easy for me to believe her stories. She was my precious little girl that could do no wrong.

I knew she had tried marijuana and even came home drunk ne night. What I didn’t know was the extent of her using substances that she used to erase her problems. Let’s just say that I was in total denial. I kept blaming my divorce from her dad and some extreme family problems for her anger. I tried many different approaches to try and help her but never succeeded. I felt like a failure as a mom because I couldn’t help my own daughter. The scariest day of my life was May 30, 2009. Cynthia was out that day and my son Thomas called me in to her room and showed me what he had found. It was a box of pills and some money. That was when I opened my eyes and realized that my daughter had a severe problem. I believe to this day that if my son, who is only one and a half years older than his sister, saved his sisters life by showing me what he had found. I am sure it was the hardest thing for him to do. Late that night, after a phone call to her dad, I knew we had to go pick her up from a friend’s house. At that point we knew she was in bad shape so we rushed her to the emergency room. She had taken many different pills that night. I actually felt her slipping away from me.

Through a friend of my ex-husband, we found a wonderful treatment facility if Florida that I can say saved my daughters life. After researching, we knew that this was the place for our daughter. The first step of the process was getting Cynthia to realize that she has a problem. We had an intervention for Cynthia that included our closest family members and friends and a very special man named Nathan Fears. He was in charge of the whole intervention process.

Let’s just say that I was an emotional mess by the time the intervention was over. Now it was time for me to let go and let them take my daughter. The only way I can describe my feeling is to say that it felt like someone was ripping my heart out. It was very hard to let her go but I also knew that if I didn’t, the next trip would be to her death.

It was a very rough beginning for my daughter and us at home. We live in New York and we were sending her to Florida. But with the help of the wonderful therapists, staff and God, I actually started to see some hope for my daughter. Cynthia spent roughly three months in treatment. Gradually we started to see the change in Cynthia. She learned many new skills while there but most important, treatment taught her how to live without using substances.

One year later, May 31, 2010, my daughter has one year clean time. She is very active with her fellowship Narcotics Anonymous. I have learned so much about the disease of addiction by attending NA meetings with my daughter. Words cannot describe how proud I am of my daughter today. It’s almost like giving birth all over again. She now has her whole future in the palms of her hands. I know today that she has her whole life ahead of her and will accomplish any goals she strives for. The most important lesson Cynthia has learned is that you have to take life "One Day at a Time".

– Stephanie Sengel

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When I was younger my parents got divorced, they were always fighting. That was very hard for me because I like a family to be together. When I was ten I was raped by my dad’s roommate. Around that same time my grandma had one of her three strokes these are things that led me to using drugs.

– Cynthia Sengel

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When I was younger my parents got divorced, they were always fighting. That was very hard for me because I like a family to be together. When I was ten I was raped by my dad’s roommate. Around that same time my grandma had one of her three strokes these are things that led me to using drugs. I started drinking when I was thirteen, and then started smoking pot because the drinking wasn’t doing enough for me. When the pot wasn’t satisfying me I started taking pills. I became addicted to Xanax. I would wake up and the first thing I would think of is how I would get my pills today. I didn’t have a job so I would steal from anybody. I didn’t care about hurting people as long as I would get my pills I would be okay. I went to a high school where there were drugs everywhere and it was so easy to get high, the teachers didn’t care about the students. So my parents thought if they transferred me into a different school everything would be better, but it just got worse. One day I stole a lot of money from a very close family member and spent all of it on drugs and alcohol. I hid everything in a shoe box in my closet so my parents wouldn’t find it. On May 30th, 2009 I went to hang out with my friends and took about twenty pills. My mom called my dad and told him I needed to be picked up from my friend’s house. The only thing I remember was being in the hospital. I don’t remember getting home or anything. The next day my parents told me they found my shoebox I hid in my closet, and I overdosed on Xanax. My parents told me that I needed to go to rehab: I knew I needed the help but I was scared. I was withdrawing from the pills I was taking, that was the worst part. On June 4th, 2009 I had an intervention. Everyone in my family was there, they all read their letters and then I went to treatment in Florida. Now I realize that was the best thing that ever happened to me. I slept there for one night and I ran away with one of the girls that were there. The police found us and took us to the psych ward. I stayed there for 72 hours and they sent me back to rehab. While in the psych ward I had a lot of time to think. I realized I am an addict and I need the help if I want to live, it was a life or death situation for me. So I stayed in treatment for three months. While there I worked out my problems with my therapist. They taught me relapse prevention skills, how to cope with things without using drugs and just how to live without the drugs. I met some really nice people in treatment. The girls that were there helped me through so much and I don’t think I would be where I am today. While there the obsession to use lifted, and I didn’t feel like I needed the drugs to live. They taught me how to have clean fun and just live my life. When I came home from rehab the first thing I did was attend a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Without this fellowship I would not be where I am today. I met some of my very good friends in Narcotics Anonymous; it’s like one big family. My clean slate is May 31st, 2009. And I hope I will never use again. One thing they taught me in Narcotics Anonymous is to take it one day at a time, not to think about what’s going to happen tomorrow or a year from now, just to worry about today, and do everything you can to keep your clean date. The best thing about being clean at 16 years old is I can do anything I want with my life the possibilities are endless.

– Cynthia Sengel

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Robert’s story begins a bit earlier than most, or maybe we were just aware earlier. Either way it didn’t really matter since we were unable to stop the slide. Robert started showing signs of anxiety and depression as early as first grade.

– Robert, Arizona

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Robert’s story begins a bit earlier than most, or maybe we were just aware earlier. Either way it didn’t really matter since we were unable to stop the slide. Robert started showing signs of anxiety and depression as early as first grade. We started him with a therapist around that same time and with her help and our support Robert managed to stay functioning to some degree or another until high school. However, once high school started, Robert started having more and more issues. Various psychiatrists prescribed medications that helped for a while, however, Robert soon figured out how to play the system and managed to have more and more powerful medications prescribed that started having a negative effect on his behavior and his life. By the time Robert was a junior in highschool he became almost completely dysfunctional. He refused to go to school and started blocking all attempts to help him. As a parent I became frozen, unable to understand or cope with his behaviors and unable to find a solution. He went through a series of therapists and psychiatrists all to no avail since he was a master at manipulating them. I was beginning to believe that Robert would become a recluse who would never be able to live on his own and need to be supported for the rest of his life.

Finally, his original therapist, whom we had kept in touch with, suggested that we contact Nathan. I was was unable to make that first phone call because I was scared to admit where we had gotten to and felt guilty that "I had let it happen." Fortunately, my wife, Robert’s stepmother, had no such problem and got Nathan on the phone and arranged meetings with us, and Robert’s mother. From the first meeting Nathan took control, not with force but with logic and compassion. He painted such a clear picture of what was happening and what needed to be done that it became easy to make decisions. Amazingly, he was able to use the same compassion and logic with Robert so that when the time came to pack his bags and leave for treatment there were no fights, tantrums or resistance. Robert had turned 18 just before he started treatment so Nathan’s ability to convince him that it was necessary was a tremendous help. He simply got on the plane with me and off we went.

Nathan found the perfect treatment program for Robert and tracked his progress throughout. During his treatment Robert earned his high school diploma and eventually started at the University of Arizona while going through a transition program. Eventually, Robert graduated from U of A and he is currently working on his PhD in Robotics at another university. I am fully convinced that without Nathan’s help and guidance we would not have found help for Robert in time, and credit Nathan with saving Robert’s life.

– Robert, Arizona

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We understand the way you are all feeling right now. We were there not so long ago with my daughter Bianca. We started researching programs that can help us and we found Nathan Fears.

– The Olivera Family

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Dear Parents,

We understand the way you are all feeling right now. We were there not so long ago with my daughter Bianca. We started researching programs that can help us and we found Nathan Fears. The first phone call was one of the hardest calls we ever made.

Our struggle with our daughter began around her sophomore year in high school. This meant not obeying curfew, marijuana and alcohol abuse, skipping class, grades went from good to failing, stealing from us and arguments at home. It was a very hard decision for us to make, but if we didn’t make it we would have lost our daughter. A few days after our initial call we packed our daughter’s bag but we knew and felt very comfortable that Nathan would return to us our old daughter back.

As parents you feel you have good company walking by your side throughout the entire program, you will feel aided, supported, informed and this will help to bring back your self-esteem as a parent, since you get back the lost respect and authority. Your child acknowledges it too, since you made this decision for him/her because as a parent of a minor you have the responsibility and the power to do something like this.

The hardest stage was making the decision and following through. At the beginning we were scared if we made the right decision, if our daughter was going to hate us, if she would stop talking to us, all of these things crossed our minds. Now we can tell you, that we made the best decision. Our daughter is thankful that we sent her, and that in itself is very grateful.

We could not have done this alone. The help we got from Nathan throughout the whole process was amazing. We were able to call him on his cell phone 24/7 if we needed anything. Nathan is blessed with special gift in helping kids and thanks to his dedication he has touched the lives of many families around the world. Nathan we thank and Love you very much for how you changed our lives. God bless you and your family.

We are still walking the walk. Wishing that you might find peace, love and unity again in your family circle

– The Olivera Family

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Our daughter spent 72 days in rehab under the direct care of Nathan Fears. Nathan saved our daughters life. I will forever be in his debt. Our daughter was in Florida with Nathan and we flew from Connecticut.

-The Donaghy Family 2012

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Our daughter spent 72 days in rehab under the direct care of Nathan Fears. Nathan saved our daughters life. I will forever be in his debt. Our daughter was in Florida with Nathan and we flew from Connecticut. I can tell you that we are very over protective of our daughter and it was very scary to leave her so far away. The moment I met Nathan all my anxiety disappeared. This man is brilliant at what he does. A miracle worker in the respect that with his training and rehabilitation, he managed to change us as parents as well. He showed us what we needed to do to insure that our daughter have the support and guidelines she needed. I am proud to say that she has been clean from all drugs and alcohol for 14 months. She is applying to the colleges of her dreams and back to being an excellent student. The distance was absolutely the best thing for our daughter. Do not hesitate to consider this center even if it is far from home. I am happy to talk to anyone that may want to know more and Nathan has our contact information. Nathan has become part of our family. He checks in with us and we check in with him. With Nathan you not only get an educated, dedicated and loving director, you get a friend for life.

-The Donaghy Family 2012

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I could not believe this was happening to my precious family. Where did I go wrong? What had I done? I felt like I had failed as a mother and a parent. I was scared to death for my son’s life.

– The Rosenthals

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I could not believe this was happening to my precious family. Where did I go wrong? What had I done? I felt like I had failed as a mother and a parent. Ai was scared to death for my son’s life.

David’s drug use had escalated from smoking pot to using pills. His behavior was erratic, scary, nasty and belligerent. It was impossible to deal with him.

Both my husband and I were finally in agreement that there was a significant problem and treatment was necessary. We researched many facilities in our local area but I was not impressed with any of them. The severity for David’s drug use worsened and more despair set in. We decided to look at 30 day treatment programs but there were very few programs accepting adolescents. We spent hours on the phone talking to many facilities. With God’s help, we were directed to a program in the Fort Lauderdale area. It had all the necessary components that we were looking for, such as individual, group and family counseling. The only problem was that there was no way my son was going to get into a car or plane and agree to get help. I was told to call Nathan Fears and discuss the case with him. There was a confidence and a sense of understanding in his voice. I felt liked I could trust him.

Nathan spent an hour on the phone listening and explaining how serious this situation was. He explained how important 90 days of treatment is for adolescents. At that time, we were not ready to commit to such a long duration. But as the conversation continued, I realized that Nathan had done this so many times before, and we needed professional help. I also realized I did not have any expertise in this area. Finally, in my heart I knew what needed to be done, but I was not sure I could actually do it! It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Was I really going to have my child picked up by a total stranger and be placed in a drug treatment center? Nathan worked diligently with my husband and me discussing all the different scenarios. He started to break through our denial. It was days before we had the courage to call Nathan again.

I called Nathan on a Saturday and said we were ready. We knew the right thing to do was put David in treatment, and we needed Nathan’s help to get him there. He laid out a plan, and we followed. We were at our rock bottom. I was in the process of a nervous breakdown and could not get out of bed or go to work. Within the last two months at home I had lost 18 pounds. We realized our lives had become unmanageable and we were powerless over the drugs. We all needed help badly.

Nathan arrived at 7:30am, as planned on December 22, 2008. He was prepared and ready to get our family through the roughest point of our lives. He spent the first hour talking to me, my husband, and my 15 year old daughter. Previously, we were instructed to individually write a note to David stating how we felt about this whole situation. As we sat down, Nathan collected the notes and reassured us that this was not our fault, we did not cause it, we can’t control it, and we can’t cure David. At that time I had no idea these were words that would become part of my everyday life through Alanon. We watched Nathan conduct the intervention in a professional, calm manner. My son did all the screaming and yelling and it did not even faze Nathan. He remained calm, which kept all of us calm on the outside and shaking on the inside. My son was not cooperative and we had to call the police before he was ready to go with Nathan voluntarily.

As David was leaving I was scared for him. I knew he needed to be detoxed. I also had this sense of relief that he was with the right professional staff and would get the help he needed. Nathan remained in constant contact with us.

I still did not believe David would need more than 30 days of treatment. I thought that it would be okay because we would simply detox him, give him a little therapy, and he would return home shortly after. Over the next month the staff at Nathan’s program had made great progress with David and us. We did come to believe that every 30days of treatment and sobriety would give David more time to build on. Once we were on board, we decided he would stay 90 days. It was the best decision we ever made. We had realized this was not over but just the beginning. David now has to learn how to live sober. Nathan also had a plan for my husband, daughter, and me to get help from an addiction counselor and attend Alanon regularly. Alanon has been the best place for us to learn about the addict and how not to enable our son’s behavior. Nathan was also there to help us make better choices with David. Even today, we run things by Nathan before we say yes.

In summary, I am so grateful for all the help, guidance and support we were given. David has completed his first year of college at Tulane University and has been sober for 17 months!! Nathan visited New Orleans last fall to make sure all the pieces (counselor and sponsor) he put in place were working. We are so proud of all David’s hard work, but with out the help of Nathan and his treatment program, we would not be here today!

– The Rosenthals

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On December 22, 2008 my life changed… I awoke with Nathan in my room and I was off to treatment. When I arrived I was sure that I was going to do my time and go back to my old habits of addict behavior.

– David Rosenthal

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On December 22, 2008 my life changed… I awoke with Nathan in my room and I was off to treatment. When I arrived I was sure that I was going to do my time and go back to my old habits of addict behavior.

My old lifestyle consisted of me getting high no matter what and disrespecting everybody who got in my way. I did not think anything was wrong with the way I was living but I knew I had acquired a serious habit with drugs. The first part of my recovery was of course admitting I was an addict because acceptance is the key at first. During my stay in treatment I had my difficulties not only with authority but also while working on myself. I did not want to give up marijuana because it felt like I would not be able to have fun without it. However, I have now discovered how untrue my statement was and I continue to have fun every single day without the use of drugs.

The one downside in my stay at treatment was that almost everybody who I was in treatment with has gone back out to use drugs. It deeply saddens me but at times is great encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing and not take the easy way out for the first time in my entire life. See, while I worked hard on myself in groups and other forms of treatment I learned about my important character defects such as always looking for an easy way out. In my days of using I would always want to stop and tell myself I was going to, but when the going got tough I never had the strength to finally stop. And that is exactly what the NA and AA programs do for me today. When I have a problem I look to my peers in the fellowship to help me through and give me suggestions that have worked for them in the past. The support I get day in and day out is unparallel to anything else in my life.

The turning point for me in my sobriety was definitely changing the people places and things and going to halfway straight from treatment and not taking any chances on going back home. I met some very influential people who introduced me to a lifestyle that I never thought was possible. I look up to those people today and would not be in such a beautiful position without them. Also, my parents have been so supportive of me. They gave me the gift of treatment to turn my life around and I have responded. I could not have done it without them and I am grateful everyday when I wake up for this opportunity. Before I got sober I treated them with no respect and did not ever care about what they wanted as long as I got my way and got high.

Today I have learned not to take them for granted and have realized how much they care and love me.

As a recovering addict I am still not perfect but I am working on it everyday. I continue to go to meetings almost every day as well as work the steps which are key to personal recovery. While I still have bad days and things definitely do not always go my way but I have learned how to handle difficult situations and not pick up drugs no matter what situations arise in my life.

– David Rosenthal

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It was one year ago that I found the first small wax paper packet of heroine. The pills, weed and alcohol were bad- terrible, but this was horrifying and panicked me and my husband beyond words. The first person we thought to call was Nathan.

– Susan C. from NJ

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It was one year ago that I found the first small wax paper packet of heroine. The pills, weed and alcohol were bad- terrible, but this was horrifying and panicked me and my husband beyond words. The first person we thought to call was Nathan. Our 17 year old daughter had spent three months the prior year in an in-patient facility that he directed and we felt confident that he’d know what to do. He was at our house the next day and somehow convinced her that this was the end of the line.

The thing that drew us to Nathan’s adolescent program was his strategy to teach the kids how to live sober instead of just not doing drugs. They went to area parks to work out, went horseback riding and on an airboat excursion and even to the local Target to shop, in an effort to get the kids used to everyday living without getting high. The recovery program and therapy sessions were very good and included weekly family sessions with a trained therapist and a monthly workshop with Nathan. It always surprised me that he knew the teens well and how much they respected him.

What made us call Nathan when our daughter slid back into drug use, was the knowledge that he truly cares for kids in our daughter’s situation and that he could help. Our daughter really responded to Nathan’s no-nonsense approach to what she was doing when we couldn’t get through to her.

Our daughter has eleven months sobriety under her belt and we are optimistic about her future. My heart goes out to other parents who find themselves in similar situations and I wouldn’t hesitate to advise them to call on Nathan Fears for help. We trusted him with our ‘baby’ and they can too.

– Susan C. from NJ

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For those of you who are concerned about a loved one because of addiction, it is an extremely emotional and difficult ordeal to go through; it was for my family. I was 16 years old, battling a heroin addiction as well as severe depression.

– Lindsay N.

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For those of you who are concerned about a loved one because of addiction, it is an extremely emotional and difficult ordeal to go through; it was for my family. I was 16 years old, battling a heroin addiction as well as severe depression. I grew up in a happy and loving family, I was not abused or mistreated, and I lived in a suburb in New Jersey no different than any other. But I had a problem. It wasn’t until my mother was given Nathan Fears phone number that I finally got the treatment that I needed. Ironically a therapist from the first rehabilitation center I went to (that I can honestly say did not help me at all) was the one who gave my mother Nathan’s contact information.

Of course by this time my mother and family were extremely emotional and confused about what course of action to take. Nathan found and made arrangements for me to enter a treatment center in Florida. Nathan came to the treatment center to check on my progress. When I was released from the facility in Florida, although I had made tremendous progress, I still felt that I was not ready to return home. Nathan agreed and arranged, with my family, for me to stay in a halfway house in Minnesota. I unfortunately had a set back while there and ran away from the house… five days later after being in a strange place with no where to go, I called Nathan and he picked me up immediately and took me back to the halfway house where I chose to remain for another two months.

I am now 20 years old, have received my Associate degree and graduated with honors. I now attend a university in New Jersey where I am working on receiving my Bachelors. If it weren’t for the efforts of both my family and Nathan, I would not be where I am today. I am not sure I would even be alive. I no longer have any desire to use, and I have been sober for four years. I still speak to Nathan often, my mother says that he is my guardian angel and I have to agree with her. Although I had to do the work in recovery, I needed the people in my life, including Nathan to set me on the right track toward a happy and healthy sobriety. Everyone who knew me before recovery is amazed at the person that I have become. Nathan stayed with me every step of the way, and never allowed me to give up. I give thanks for my family’s and Nathan’s unyielding support everyday.

– Lindsay N.

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This is to provide an unqualified endorsement for Mr. Nathan Fears in his work with adolescents who have problems with addiction.

– Henry J. Wehman, MD

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This is to provide an unqualified endorsement for Mr. Nathan Fears in his work with adolescents who have problems with addiction.

My endorsement is based on our (my wife’s and mine) encounters with Mr. Fears in his therapeutic interventions on behalf of our son, "A." "A" had gone twice to a rehabilitation program in Florida where Mr. Fears was then the principal therapist (I do not know his formal title there), the first time when "A" was 16 years old, the second time when he was 17. The first admission was for an addiction to internet pornography, the second for addiction to marijuana. "A’s" first admission was unique, in that the facility had theretofore treated adolescents only for substance (chemical) addictions.

In both instances, Mr. Fears’ intervention program and techniques were superb. He was completely sensitive to our son’s changing needs, supportive and protective when called for, confrontational and limit-setting when appropriate. At the time of his first admission, when we were very worried about "A’s" apparent despair, the parent of another teen about to graduate from the program said, "Don’t worry. Trust Nathan," adding with only a bit of facetiousness, "Nathan is my Higher Power." Her confidence proved to be very well founded.

Nathan’s interest and involvement with us and with "A’s" welfare did not end with our son’s discharge from the program just after Thanksgiving a year and a half ago. He continues to remain in contact by phone and e-mail. His retention of the details of those adolescents he has served is impressive. A few months ago, on the spur of the moment, "A" called Nathan while we were at supper. Nathan not only immediately recognized him by name, but asked how his brother, "M," was doing, and talked to "M" as well. All of this obviously without notes or other means of reference except for his prodigious memory.

I trust that these brief examples provide sufficient basis for my (and my wife’s) endorsement of Mr. Nathan Fears.

– Henry J. Wehman, MD

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