My time at Pih was really good. I could move straight into a great room and I felt at home there. A good spot to be on my own for a while when I needed it. Or when I needed to work on my steps and education. My room was also large enough to do some exercise. Perfect!
Living with other people in one house took some getting used to. It certainly was a learning curve for me to socialize and live with different types of people. But it turned out to be a good process and I made some great friends. With one person in particular, Rob. I can honestly say that he has become my best friend. He has played a big role in my recovery. A true and very valuable friendship.
The support offered by Pih is very personal and tailored to my situation. Very much focused on the individual. This worked really well for me. After all, it is my care need that counts. I used my time at Pih very well. After being there for a month, I started to do volunteer work, which I did besides my post-treatment trajectory at Castle Craig. It is good that we can only spend a limited number of hours on volunteer work, otherwise I would have worked myself to the bone, which would not have helped my recovery process.
My counselor supported me really well when I asked for help. He was very interested in my process. And he gave me the feeling of being in a safe environment. I learned that I can make big steps by showing my vulnerability and being open-minded. Whenever I encountered problems, there was someone to talk to at the office. I never experienced that they didn’t make time. Even if I just needed to have a chat. I always left feeling better than when I came.
The groups were great. We did a really good exercise that focused on being open-minded and vulnerable, which helped me greatly during my whole process.
I also joined some of the workshops, during which I learned a lot too. I only managed to join a few of them because I was busy working, studying, etc. But that was fine as long as everything you do focuses on your recovery.
All in all, I had a great time at Pih. I was able to choose how I could work on my recovery, determine my own path and trajectory, but based on a fixed structure, a good day-and-night rhythm, and obligations. Both within the house and society. I could not have wished for better support. I particularly liked the fact that I could make my own choices. And during the course of the trajectory, the care offered by Pih moved to the background as my sense of responsibility grew. But they were always available.
The closure of my trajectory was good as well. I could immediately start in the outpatient group on Tuesday, which I enjoy very much as well. A safe haven with the same secure feeling that I had with the Pih counselors. It's the perfect move from a safe house to living on my own. The same safe haven to fall back on.
I am super grateful to Pih for their excellent care and the chance they have given me to become a full member of society again. It’s work in progress, but it is going to happen. From seeing no future for myself one year ago to a wonderful future now.
Pret in herstel offered me the chance and opportunity to rebuild myself and my life from scratch.
After having spent my time at the clinic, I went to Pret in herstel. This was in the summer of 2013. Together with the other women in recovery, I could live in a safe, comfortable, and nice house. A real safe house. Not only did I learn a lot but we also had some great times together. Pret in herstel offered me the chance and opportunity to rebuild myself and my life from scratch. And I accepted that chance with open arms! With the help and support from Pret in herstel, I have achieved so much! In all aspects of my life. Thanks to the outings we had, I also learned to enjoy life again, which was really cool. So I look back on this period with a warm feeling.
The professional and committed counselors gave me what I needed to grow. I never gave up and whenever I struggled, they pulled me through. This is how I managed to build up a strong foundation for the life I lead now. Today, I live my life free of addictions and with gratitude in my heart. I still reap the benefits of everything I learned at Pret in herstel. So I would say, if you get the chance, go for it and go for yourself!
My name is Axel, I’m 33 years old, and I recently moved to Rijswijk where I am living fully independently for the first time in my life. I was addicted to alcohol, cocaine, and gambling for 12 years. These addictions nearly ruined me. Luckily, I have a sister who cares for me very much and she signed me up for a rehab clinic in Scotland. After my 18-week trajectory there, I was advised to go to sheltered housing, a safe house, and I was introduced to Pret in herstel.
During the two years that I stayed with Pret in herstel, I learned everything about myself and my character - in my own way but also under the watchful eye of the counselors - how my character had been formed and how this hugely affected my addictions. I also learned how to deal with my emotions and situations in a healthy manner.
Without all this, I would never have been where I am now: independent, with peace of mind, free of debts, and with my whole life and the world lying before me.