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UPDATE July 2020. It has been 2 years and I am happy to say that everything is still great. Even with the added stresses of the last several months, I am able to keep my head together and go back to my training when things get challenging. I am so grateful for having gone through this program and recommend it highly. You won't regret it.
June 2019 (review @ one year) I have a brand new life. That’s the best and easiest way I can say it. As long as I can remember, I never drank alcohol in moderation. The point of drinking was to get a good buzz going…that was it.
I never knew what it was like to have a beer or 2 while out with friends. Happy hour? Yeah, right. I would finish 2 beers within 45 minutes and have to leave before the buzz really hit me. If I stayed, I would be afraid of saying something embarrassing or getting pulled over on the way home. So I’d leave, grab a six pack on the way home, and finish it off. That was my life…3-4 days a week. Weekends were worse…usually spent drinking alone in an empty house for fear of consequence.
I never understood how people could just sip on a beverage while relaxing and talking with each other. It seemed so foreign to me. While I didn’t understand it, I knew one thing…I envied them. I envied the way that they could carry on without feeling self-conscious about their behavior. I envied how they seemed to enjoy themselves much more than I did. Most of all, though, I envied how they seemed healthier and happier than I was. It seemed so far out of reach that I had simply given up on any resolution.
Just as I had resigned myself to a lifetime of the ups and downs that alcohol abuse brings, I was introduced to this program. Therapy that can moderate alcohol use instead of full abstinence? I can actually enjoy being out with friends without feeling drunk? You can help me with this anxiety that has hindered my social life for what seems like an eternity? It seemed like a pipe dream but I was all for taking the chance. After all, what did I have to lose?
It's been almost a year now and I'm still going strong. I feel happier and healthier, and apparently I look it also. Mike O’Neal and his program not only helped me with my alcohol moderation, but also with my overall quality of life. I love that I can be out with family and friends without feeling self-conscious. I enjoy that when an obstacle becomes present I am not reaching for a bottle to self-medicate. Most of all, I love being able to live my life without the crippling fear that was so often there.
I would recommend Mike O’Neal , his staff and center to anyone that struggles the same way that I did. The program is life-changing and opens up more doors to happiness that I never knew were there. All I can say is thank you for the gift that is my brand new life.
Before I met Mike I was in rough shape. I was drinking heavily and doing other substances and didn’t know where to even start. The day I decided to begin the program with him was one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself. Ever since I started seeing him, my whole attitude and aspect has changed for the better. My drinking has sincerely decreased and for once I can say I know what it feels like to be normal when I drink. It just feels so good to finally have a grip on my drinking and to be able to feel “good” on just a couple drinks. I feel good, I feel happier, and I’m just excited to see what the future holds for me. As long as I do what mike said, I know I’ll be in good hands.
If anyone reading this has an issue with alcohol or knows someone that has an issue with alcohol, I highly highly recommend you research the program and meet Mike. He’s an awesome and caring person who has the knowledge to give you a shot at getting better. I truly believe this program works!
II found Shore Recovery and Mike as I was looking for help for my son. I was interested in his program after reading about it on his website and was hoping it would be the help my son needed. We had already tried a couple of other programs, so I was pretty desperate when I called Mike.
After talking to Mike on the phone, he met with my son and we decided to give it a try! My son liked Mike right away and said he was the most realistic person he had talked to yet. He has a lot of respect for Mike and the program and has really enjoyed working with him.
He just completed the first three months and is doing so much better! He is happy, more confident, positive and his drinking has decreased a great deal. Talking to my son now is like talking to a completely different person. I know Mike really cares about his patients and it really shows. I would highly recommend Mike and Shore Recovery.
I was made to feel welcome from the moment I walked in the door! Mike goes above and beyond what one would expect from your average counselor. He is genuinely kind and it shines through everything he does!
I’m almost done with the program, and can’t say enough about how much my life has changed. I didn’t consider myself a raging alcoholic, but I definitely overdid it and drank to numb feelings.
I’ve been to AA and from my personal experience wouldn’t recommend it. I called facilities that offered outpatient in addition to in-patient and was yelled at on the phone with them saying I have to do a 30-60 day detox or I “won’t be able to survive in the world” (umm...what?).
I came across The Shore and my first meeting with Michael- which is an assessment to get to know you and determine if the program will work for your situation- he makes you feel at ease and is not judgmental at all.
I read the book and was skeptical at first because of what has been stuffed down our throats as “effective” recovery, but going against the grain is also why it works! I don’t crave alcohol anymore, and when I do drink it isn’t in excess and I’m not acting like a fool, I’m well, “normal”.
I also suffer from depression and anxiety, and I’ve seen a huge difference in my energy levels, coping with emotions, and I haven't had 1 panic attack in the last 3 months (family and holidays lol!).
My friends and family have seen a huge difference too, they all say I seem to be just a happier person. I hope this program becomes more widespread, because a lot of people that struggle with alcohol would truly benefit from the program.