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"My life changed, thanks to Lives Lived Well, Mirikai Rehabilitation Centre"

About: Family Therapy Program – Gold Coast (Lives Lived Well) Kids in Focus – Family Drug Support – Gold Coast (Lives Lived Well) Lives Lived Well Lives Lived Well Specialist Centre Mirikai Residential Rehabilitation Facility OASIS – Supported Accommodation – Gold Coast (Lives Lived Well)

(as a service user),

I was hooked as a teenager taking any substance I could get my hands on. I moved out of home as a young teenager and was lost and hurt and addicted to ice. I could not stop using and kept getting into trouble with the police. I was on probation and kept breaching my court order as I couldn't stop using. This is when Mirikai (Drug Addiction Treatment Centre) was suggested to me and I finally surrendered to the idea of getting clean.

Going to Mirikai was scary but it was the best choice I ever made. I learnt so much and made new friends there that were also in recovery, who have the same positive goals as me. We supported each other and where a family unit. We progressed through the program together. Eight months later I finally graduated as a confident young female who had hope and the tools and knowledge to live a clean and sober life; a life I never thought was possible for me.

I then moved into the a halfway house program, where I could take it easy and integrate back into society, I spent a lot of time at the beach, going for walks and doing support groups through NA.

I rebuilt a relationship with my family through family therapy with Matt at Lives Lived Well (LLW), Mirikai.

My life just continued to get better each day. I am grateful for the second chance I received through participating in and graduating from the programs at Mirikai.

I am now a few years clean and still have the support from the staff at Mirikai. I have a loving partner and a beautiful baby. I went on to study. We rent our own unit, go to work and own 2 cars. I owe all of this to Mirikai. They taught me how to live life clean. Today I am happy and I do not need to use. I am free from the obsession and compulsion.

I have had to face some hurdles since being in recovery, not everything has been easy, but I always have support since engaging with the services provided through Lives Lived Well Mirikai and other support programs who work alongside LLW. Kids in Focus has helped me a lot as well as Banjara Medical Centre. So I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff there as they really go above and beyond to educate, support and guide young people through their journey of recovery.

Love you guys! I owe my life to you xoxox

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Response from Joel Porter, Associate Clinical Director, Lives Lived Well 7 years ago
Joel Porter
Associate Clinical Director,
Lives Lived Well

Senior Manager for Clinical Services

Submitted on 13/02/2017 at 6:52 PM
Published on Care Opinion on 14/02/2017 at 11:11 AM

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Dear Wonderful Future,

It is great to know that you are doing well and LLW could be part of your story. Thanks for taking the time to let us know how you are going.

Please take good care and let us know how the future unfolds.



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