Sarah Ruth Garvey

Age:  
52

When did you come through Mount Carmel? 
13/6/13

How long did you receive treatment for?
6 months

Can you remember how you felt when you first arrived at Mount Carmel?
I was terrified but excited, I knew it was the beginning of my new life .

What are your overarching memories of being in treatment for your addiction?
I remember feeling safe and relieved that I was getting the help that I needed.
I was amazed at how much I learnt about myself, some things I liked some things I did not ! but everything helped me grow and heal.

How has recovery impacted on your life?
My life has changed completely for the better in every way imaginable, every area of my life has improved immeasurably. Also I have learnt how to cope with all the difficulties and problems that can arise as I go along. My relationship with my family is now full of love and trust. I am finally financially secure, I have a new found confidence and hope for the future. On the whole it was a life changing experience.

What advice would you give to someone considering treatment for addiction?
It will work for you if you want it too. It’s not easy and you have to learn to listen and trust the process. But if it can work for me it can work for anyone.

What are you doing now?
I have a great Job as house keeper here at Mount Carmel, I got married 2 years ago to a wonderful man who supports me and to who I can be a good wife to.
I enjoy a brilliant social life, and I’m currently learning to drive !

What is your favourite colour?
Purple

What is your favourite band/song/piece of music right now?
Believer by Imagine Dragons

What book are you currently reading?
Dirty Blonde (The Diaries of Courtney Love)

 

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