"Life Back Program"

About: Lives Lived Well - Cairns

(as the patient),

I completed the program at Lives Lived Well in Cairns being run by Mandy and Steve.

Mandy and Steve are the counsellors. It was a small group that completed the course.

I was suffering isolation from my alcoholism in Melbourne struggling with a vicious circle of homelessness and joblessness. I changed my environment going to Cairns to abstain from alcohol and drugs and begin the course.

During this course, I developed my thinking processes from books I've read when I've been recovering from DV (domestic violence) issues. These thoughts developed into concepts that have shaped my attitude daily. I have way more patience and I'm a lot more rational, even as my struggles are pretty much the same. However my struggles don't feel futile, hence I feel I will be able to achieve some life goals of mine. I also have a better attitude about the unknown where all my setbacks can crop up in. I can see that my mistakes and my mishaps provide me more information about a situation I'm struggling with. It's ok to feel bad at times, I have choices in my behaviour I don't have to act on my emotions. I can rationalise with myself about my emotions so they don't intensify. 

Steve and Mandy provided visual concepts for us with diagrams in the sheets we filled out weekly and the diagrams Steve drew up on the whiteboard. Lots and lots of information was provided to us in little packages, that I have built into my thought process - Way too much to keep writing here :) 


Response from Gerard Moloney, Lives Lived Well 2 years ago
Gerard Moloney
Lives Lived Well
Submitted on 09/08/2018 at 15:39
Published on Care Opinion at 16:22

Dear polarisxr76

Thank you for taking the time to tell of your experience with the Life Back Program run by Lives Lived Well in Cairns. Thank you for your appreciation of the work of Mandy and Steve.

It is great to hear how you have been able to adapt these learnings to your life; to understand how your thinking and choices have an impact and that you can achieve some of your goals in life.

Your own perseverance and courage has also played an important role in this progress you are speaking about so do not underestimate that.

We wish you all the best for your next steps in life.

Warm regards


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