And when it came to sharing with other patients Chris said everyone had to be honest.
“Your first exercise when you arrive at that rehab is to tell the group you’re in the 10 most shameful secrets that you have,” the 25-year-old continued. “And if you weren’t sobbing on the floor by no. 10 you had to do the exercise again until you were because you weren’t taking the exercise seriously enough.”
Indeed, as he said, the facility took matters seriously. “One time someone smuggled a phone in and texted someone on the outside that they were going to leave,” Chris recalled, “and the next day we walked into group and her texts were printed and put up all around the walls. So she had to look at what she had done for the next, like, two weeks.”
It was for his benefit, though. “It was all about accountability,” he shared, “and maybe unsurprisingly had, like, the highest sobriety success rate in the country. One of, I don’t know if that’s real. That’s just what we heard.”