Mount Carmel Graduates

Below are interviews from past Mount Carmel graduates. Click to read how treatment helped to change their lives.

If I had to choose one word to describe an overall experience it would be discovery. And love. That's two, I know. I discovered myself. I discovered that it was OK just to be me. I discovered emotion. I discovered another way, a different path. And I discovered love.

Words fail me how much support and unconditional love and respect that I received from the staff and other residents in Mount Carmel. I learnt about ME and how to live without needing to pick up another drink and in turn help those that come in behind me.

Personally I have gained a self-awareness which I feel I lacked previously. I have also learnt to value myself more and also value my own thoughts and opinions. Going through treatment at Mount Carmel and now recovery, has given me a braver approach to life. I am more decisive and worry less about what other people think of me.

Recovery has changed the way I perceive myself and the world around me and I have a peace of mind now that I never knew existed before I went to Mount Carmel. My life has a new balance and a new purpose. The 12 steps have taught me about trust, accountability, about the gift of service and have impacted profoundly on my life. The world is a softer, more exciting and more colourful place now. Before Mount Carmel I felt like I was constantly swimming against the tide. Now, with an occasional nudge of the tiller or a gentle repositioning of a sail – I let the current take me where it needs to.

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.