"Where I've come from to where I am today."

About: Shanty Creek Residential Rehabilitation Facility

(as the patient),

I was a inmate at Lotus Glen Correctional Facility. Being an indigenous man from in Cape York Far North Queensland when my parole officer asked me who I wanted to released to, I chose Shanty Creek Therapeutic Centre, knowing it is for the indigenous.

Upon arriving I didn't know what to expect. When meeting the other residents for the first time, I felt comfortable knowing this is a safe place. Wanting a change to my lifestyle as I knew if I went anywhere else, I would've ended up back in jail. I have now been at Shanty Creek Therapeutic Centre for a number of weeks. I have enjoyed my time at Shanty Creek and the other residents help with my recovery. I have now finished the Family Well Being Program run by Fiona, one of the case workers at Shanty Creek. The ATODS (Alcohol, tobaco and other drugs) program run David and the Gambling Program by Wilma. I really enjoy it as this is a real eye opener for me. All the staff are very supportive and helpful in many ways if there was something I needed help with they were there when I needed them. My goal is to finish the Program at Shanty Creek. When I'm finished the program at Shanty Creek I'll let you know my plan for my future journey in life.

Responses

Response from Gerard Moloney, Lives Lived Well

Hello Changing my life

Thank you for sharing your story on Care Opinion.

It is great to hear that your decision to choose Shanty Creek has been a real eye opener for you and that you have gained so much already from the programs. Being open to other residents and staff and learning from them is a key part of the journey and from what you have said you are interacting with the programs really well.

All the best as you finish the programs at Shanty Creek.

Warm regards

Gerard

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