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About: Lives Lived Well – Carinya Transition House (Wollongong)

(as the patient),

I write this letter as gratitude & recognition for the high level of care, guidance and support though my recovery process.

I have made several attempts at recovery in the past with no success. The last 7 years of my life has been filled with misfortune, relapse, homelessness, rejection, grief, loneliness and abandonment. I began my journey last year with real uncertainty of my future, checking into the watershed for a 4 week detox. Whilst attending the watershed for detox I enquired with the carinya coordinator about the possibility of accessing carinya transitional house after I completed the 16 weeks DBT program at Kedesh. Finding out that I was accepted for carinya whilst at Kedesh meant the world to me.

I have recently completed the program and have clean time of over 15 months. I speak very highly of the program, the facilitators, and staff for giving me the opportunity to work on myself provide the support to work on underlying issues that were yielding barriers to me to cope with everyday pressures of life leading me to substance use.

Since entering the program, I have been able to achieve things that I would have never been able to achieve in addiction, including obtaining a housing property.

Thank you to all staff for their care and empathy.

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Response from Craig W, Advisor -Lived Experience, Lives Lived Well 3 months ago
Craig W
Advisor -Lived Experience,
Lives Lived Well
Submitted on 28/10/2022 at 6:00 PM
Published on Care Opinion on 1/11/2022 at 11:36 AM

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Hi kickb735,

Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience, and I am so happy to read about the wins that you have had in your life since finding the joy of recovery!

Often we arrive into recovery with our spirit broken and our motivation so low. It is inspirational to read about how you engaged with our Watershed Team and then Carinya, and you have pieced together a recovery pathway that has had meaning for you, that you connect with. I am sure our staff at these locations will be very happy to read about your journey, so thank you for sharing.

Please stay connected to reach out to our staff anytime and let them know how you are going. Stay motivated and focused, keep using the tools you have identified work. By sharing your story, you bring hope to others that may be seeking the motivation to commence a life-changing journey like you have embarked on.

Kind regards,


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