The following are portions of letters written by clients in drug and alcohol rehabilitation sessions at Tualatin Valley Centers in Astoria.

The letters were written anonymously, which helped the clients to write honestly about their treatment experiences. The letters were written by men and women of different ages.

"The people in group seem to be mostly good hard-working people who are trying to overcome their problem, just like I am. I've learned in order to do this, it is entirely up to me. No one else can do it for you. It's something you have to do every day, one day at a time."

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"I have learned that life is about change, changes that I have to make in order to help myself stay clean and sober. Sometimes, you have to drop your friends and find new ones that will help you do the right thing. I think by the time this is over, I will understand more about me, the other people in here, and the abuse of alcohol and what it can do to a person's life and to the people around you."

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"I can't say when I got my DUII (driving under the influence of intoxicants) that I was looking forward to these diversion classes. But now I can say it was totally worth it. Most people perceive the classes as a punishment, but as they go through them, they realize that they're really just a learning experience."

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"My reaction to treatment is that it helped me realize that I was going down the wrong path. If it wasn't for them, I would be so far in the drugs that no one could get me out. I opened up my eyes and saw all the possibilities that I have, that I never thought I could. Drugs brought me down so far that I was stealing just to get a sack. Treatment is the best thing that is going on in my life."