"Mirikai"

About: Mirikai Residential Rehabilitation Facility

(as the patient),

I was broken and depressed and had hit rock bottom when I walked into rehab. I just couldn't stop using. I had tried many times before and failed, I needed help. Rehab wasn't anything like I had imagined, it was way better. For once I didn't feel alone in my addiction we all had a common problem, we couldn't stop using drugs and alcohol. Coming from isolation and loneliness into an environment that was safe and supportive and loving was an amazing experience. I started being happy again. Basically everyone in the rehab including staff loved me until I could love myself again. I felt accepted for who I am and never once felt judged. It was one of the most exciting, joyful and painful experiences of my life and I finally got some time away to realise why I used drugs. I learnt so much about why I used and what was fuelling my behaviour especially what was fuelling my pain. It taught me boundaries and how to be assertive.  I got to know myself and I felt like my spirit came back to life again. I've grown emotionally and spiritually and I'm now physically healthy. The staff cared about me and didn't give up on me, but most importantly I didn't give up on myself. It's not an easy journey being an addict. I had a lot of things that I needed to deal with and heal from my past. I'm still healing and that's ok but the proof shows I'm still clean and I just graduated rehab. I have my life back and for once I can say I'm truly happy on the inside. It's so worth it 100%. I wouldn't have what I do now without rehab and NA.

Ill never forget the experience in Mirikai, it was a life changing step to a better life. The case workers and staff were amazing and so was the night staff. The way it was run wasn't what I expected "Therapeutic Community" but whatever they did it worked.

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Response from Joel Porter, Associate Clinical Director, Lives Lived Well

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Hi My Spirit Came Back to Life,

Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. We are glad that we could be helpful to you finding recovery. I agree, the team at Mirikai is outstanding - as are all our LLW teams:-)

Please take good care of yourself.

Kind regards,

Joel

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