“I have been an addict for 24 years. Walking through the gates of the Farm, I was an angry, defiant, dishonest, sad, lonely and selfish man. I had so much guilt and shame. I was reckless and had no regard for anyone else, nor myself. I was a completely broken man, had lost my mother and was on the way to losing my life.
For the first three weeks here I didn’t sleep much at all and I really struggled to cope. I honestly thought I would never be able to beat this demon of mine…addiction.
But then something happened. I decided to completely surrender myself to the Palmerston therapeutic community program. From that day on, something amazing happened. My life started to change. Using community as method in our daily groups, and the many one-on-one counselling sessions, I grew more than I ever have as a person. I finally got to explore deep within myself and get back to my core values that I lost so many years ago.
I have gained back broken relationships with my wife, my father, my sister, her husband and son. It’s amazing to have those connections back, and I’m sure my mum is looking down on me, a very proud mother.
Writing this now, I’m very proud to say that I’m 107 days clean. I am excited to face the future with the tools I have learnt here. You saved my life.”