I entered into Sober Living Housing early on in 2014. At the time I was desperate to get clean, but after numerous attempts had not had much luck. I had tried everything. I had been using heroin along with other drugs for the previous 10 or so years and had tried everything from maintenance programs to short-term rehab, but kept on relapsing. I felt like nothing was going to work.
I had heard about Sober Living through friends in recovery and thought it was my last chance. If this didn't work, I'm not sure I had any more options. I'm so glad I gave it a go.
Little by little, I started to change. Instead of putting rehab on hold for 'work, partner, family, not enough time' (which never worked anyway), I finally decided to put all that stuff on hold for rehab. It was exactly what I needed to do. My partner was also in a rehab up north and we went on to spend about 10 months in our separate residential treatments. I learned so much during this time. How to be independent, how to look after myself and how I was a good person. I wasn't governed by my past behaviors and I learnt to move on with life and be present.
I became confident again, starting my first job after a long break. I mended the fractured relationships I had with my family along with other people I had hurt in the past. I also made new friends through Sober Living. People that helped me stay clean and taught me how to have fun again.
This year, on May 5, I will be 4 years clean. In 4 days, my first baby boy is due with my partner, who happens to be 3 years clean in May as well. It's pretty amazing how much my life has changed. I am so grateful to Gavin and Belinda for guiding me back to a happy life, where I don't play the victim or live in fear anymore.
I couldn't recommend long-term rehab and Sober Living enough. My life has done a complete turn around and I am extremely grateful.
After many years and numerous treatment services, we were so weary and our son was exhausted. He went to Sober Living with an open mind after another stint in a Rehab. The difference here is that it is long term rehabilitation. Living independently in a semi controlled environment.
Lead by Belinda and Gavin the staff are incredible. As well as totally professional they are genuinely interested in their clients. We genuinely believe that Sober Living is an essential part of recovery from addiction, as this is where our loved ones fall over after a mere 28 days of rehab then thrown back in the real world. Everyone at Sober Living worked together with him so he could advance to the next stage of his recovery. They supported him so he could gain enough confidence to able to deal with the deep issues that have been unable to be dealt with whilst living in the fog of drug addiction.
Fast forward to today and we have an extraordinary son who is happy, healthy and engaged in life and able to take on life’s’ challenges. As Parents we have seen a miracle happen. We are forever grateful.
A little side note: In recovery people think he has grown taller. He tells people he grew 5cm in rehab. In reality he now walks tall and not slouched over like he did for years.
Gavin we really appreciate your and Belinda's very kind gesture (again), the immeasurable impact that you and Belinda have had on our family, by far outweighs the fees that we have paid as part of our daughters involvement in the Sober Living Program.
To this day it is hard for me to explain the impact of the family day had on us that we attended at Sober Living, without dwelling on, how close we were to losing our way at a time where it was so important that we were setting the direction for our daughter's recovery, the discussions with yourself and Belinda provided us with the hope and belief to commit to that first 3 months, at a time when we did not have the confidence to look past the next day.
The impact that the both of you and the Sober Living Program have had on our daughter and her quality of life goes beyond the ability of words, thank you both.
S & J
Gav and Belinda,
Just want to say thank you. I have seen on Facebook all these beautiful people at the NA convention in Byron bay. My son and so many others would not have had this opportunity if it were not for organisations such as yours.
All the hard work, that at times is very stressful, the reward is enormous. I am sure that I speak for a lot of other families in saying that we are grateful. I would not have believed a year ago that SF would be so happy and high just on life and not drugs.
Money can not buy what you achieve. Your job is really important. What you do is amazing. You all make Australia a better place.