AIM is a good program with quality staff that understands the struggles and needs of its participants. I feel like I personally gained and learned more about myself during my time as a participant there than I did in my primary care. However; the program is only really suited to help those who WANT to be there. Many participants who "checked out" or saw it as a temporary stop before returning to their everyday lives seem to have struggled after leaving the program. They didn't take things like groups seriously and made little effort actually to improve themselves while being there, and my most considerable criticism of their work is that they do not try to change this mentality while there. It makes it harder for those who are actually trying to gain something from the experience when half the participants spend nearly every day criticizing the program simply because they do not want to be there or do not wish to be sober. That being said, for those who take advantage of all AIM has to offer, I can't think of a better place to transition back into the world. Many staff members have been through treatment themselves and work to help participants navigate the world post-treatment as well as provide them with numerous resources to help them succeed in their time after leaving AIM, everything from helping participants get into college, helping them with job placement, and continuing mentorship and therapy after leaving if they so choose. It has been some time since I was there myself, so it is possible things have changed in terms of the attitudes of participants, but I'll always be grateful for my time there. I believe if it wasn't for AIM supporting and encouraging me the way they did at such a critical point in my life I would have been a lot worse off today.