I am a 58 yr old recovering addict. I had been in relapse for 18 years after having a couple of years in recovery and was struggling with feeling too old to try again. I was pleased to be accepted by Logan House, because of my age; I was not sure anyone would take me, and because I had seen the amazing change that had been achieved by a friend who did their program.
I had isolated myself for years, so going into a group house situation was hard. It was also good for me. The level of support I got from other residents made the difference. It took 3 weeks for me to come out of the daze I was in, having been a poly-user for a long time, and I was given the time and space I needed. I was there for three months, and have been in their transition house since. I am moving, into a place with another ex-resident next week, and will be 5 months clean.
I found the c.b.t (cognitive behavioural treatment) program to be interesting and useful, and have used this alongside the 12 step principles I had learnt before. The facilitators, and other staff at Logan house, were great, very insightful and always patient,always challenging me to progress. Since being in transition, I have been supported to move on with my life,and given the right amount of critical feedback to keep me honest and keep going. I am now studying again and generally enjoying life. I intend to stay engaged with Lives Lived Well into the future for the ongoing counseling and support they provide.
The whole process has been good, often enjoyable, I have learnt new skills and reawakened old talents along the way.
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Response from Gerard Moloney, Lives Lived Well 5 months ago
Thank you for taking the time to give us the details of your story. You are able to convey in your words some of the beliefs that can become obstacles to progressing in the journey of recovery and choosing a different way to live. At Lives Lived Well we believe it is never too late. Rather, today is a good day to begin to make a change. Well done in challenging those beliefs.
All the challenges you mention are significant milestones, such as trying again; living in a community group; taking the time to grow into the group and individual work in the program; and making the move to the transition house. It takes hope, courage and perseverance to take each step and to continue that into the future. It is great the staff at Lives Lived Well's Logan House have been able to support you on the way and that you will continue to access support at Lives Lived Well.
We wish you all the best for your journey ahead.