Ironwood Maine Testimonials
Julie's Parent Testimonial
I can’t say enough about Ironwood. Ironwood gave me my son back. My wonderful happy go lucky son was gone and in his place was a kid having a very difficult time with school, friends, family, and adolescence. Somehow we had lost him and I wasn’t really sure why or how. He began hanging with the wrong crowd. He stopped loving life and became, angry, defiant and someone we didn’t know.
My husband and I struggled to help him overcome whatever it was that was happening but he shut us out. He was angry and depressed and decided he wanted to end his life. On the ride to the hospital in the ambulance, after the attempted suicide, I felt so helpless. I knew we needed to do something but I didn’t know what. I never imagined we’d be in this situation. We are a loving family, not separated and so involved in our children’s lives I kept asking myself what did I do wrong, what did we do wrong?
We sent my son back to school but he was hostile, angry, confrontational and still associating with the wrong kids. My husband became so angry I saw everything falling apart and escalating into violence. When I called Ironwood, they were empathetic, caring and that somehow made me feel comforted. I felt like it was okay to send my son away for 7 months, even though it was such a long time, because they understood my pain and understood my son.
I made the dreaded call to “Safe and Sound” in a parking lot away from the house so my son couldn’t hear me. I felt like I was betraying him but I knew inside that I was saving his life and that this was the right thing to do. “Safe and Sound” was kind, loving and caring and they completely understood what I was feeling and asked about my son’s history. I immediately felt comforted despite the horrible feelings of dread and fear.
My son has been home for 4 months. Visits to Ironwood were very difficult because we wanted so much to bring him home. We somehow found the strength to leave him at Ironwood and cried the whole way home, (so painful but necessary). Looking back Ironwood was the best gift we could have given our son. He isn’t the same person that we sent to Ironwood. He has better self esteem; he is self motivated and seems to know what he has to do to succeed in life now. Before he went he was totally lost. He didn’t have any direction and didn’t know how to go on. Each day was a struggle.
We owe everything to the staff at Ironwood and to the program. The weekly Skype sessions with Robin were painful but I knew he was in good hands and that Robin was supporting him in every possible way (In every way that we couldn’t because we were not with him). The dogs and the horses seemed to draw my son out of himself. He enjoyed interacting with the animals and he has brought that home with him. I can’t tell you the joy I feel when I see him smile and laugh because he had forgotten how to smile and laugh, Ironwood gave that back to him.
Life isn’t perfect but we have so much hope now and I can see how he has changed and is set up to succeed in life. He is on the right path and is happy and is making better choices, that is all that matters to us. THANK YOU IRONWOOD AND THANK YOU TO ALL THE WONDERFUL CARING STAFF!!! WE OWE YOU ALL SO MUCH.
Everyone who works at Ironwood should feel so proud of what they do. From the first phone call to the day we said goodbye everyone was so dedicated and caring. You are all truly doing such an important job saving our kids from the struggles of adolescence.