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Alexandra’s Story – “Gladstones Magic”

After 20 years of substance abuse I knew I was in serious trouble as I just couldn’t stop myself destroying my life. I had lost the care of my son as was desperate to find help. After trying many other ways through my GP , counselling and hypnotherapy I hoped that a rehab would be the answer. I must admit that I google searched for the one nearest to where I live and in my state of hectic drug use didn’t do a great deal off research. 

Something was looking out for me that day as I struck gold with Gladstones. My first conversation was with Tiffany who immediately understood exactly what I was going through unlike the others who had tried to help. She even called me in the days leading up to my arrival to check I was doing OK. When I arrived I was in isolation for 2 days due to a covid test but it passed quickly with the comfort of a cosy room, amazing food and lots of staff checking on me. I remember sitting outside and watching the other clients. I was confused and frustrated that they all seemed so upbeat. My life had hit rock bottom and I only had one shot at this….surely the others couldn’t be suffering as much as I?

My first day of group therapy was very emotional. Finally I had the opportunity to sit and listen to others who had similar stories and struggles and I was free to let it all out in the safety of the group. I no longer felt alone. The therapists (some recovering addicts) were second to none and each one provided their own winning skills. I felt lucky to have the help and guidance of not one but five experts in overcoming addiction. Within a week I too was laughing and jumping for joy with my new found hope and first taste of freedom from addiction. I was assigned a therapist for weekly one to ones. Each client assigned the therapist which best suits their dilemma. Group therapy is incredibly powerful and in turn we shared our stories from first memory to current age and listened to each others letters from family members. During my 28 days my eyes were opened to why I had become so dependent on drugs, how to manage my emotions, the importance of self love/care and hope of a new life. 

I’ve been home two weeks now and I can’t believe how I am getting through each day with no cravings or battles with the world around me.  Although Gladstones is not a 12 step programme I was gently introduced to Cocaine Anonymous whilst there and now continue my journey of self discovery. I will never forget my time at Gladstones, without it I would never have become the person I am finally proud of. Other clients had tried several other treatment centres and all agreed that there was a ‘Gladstones Magic’

The Therapists are irreplaceable and the group sessions powerful and affective. Along with the quiet comfy setting, supportive staff and medical team and Carol the cook’s delicious healthy food this is the rehab to get the life changing experience you are looking for. Best thing I ever did.

Alexandra G

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