The following is a residents account of her life with depression, how she found New Life and what her journey here was like. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.
Angus Finlayson is our guest contributor, and this month he writes on the process of ‘relapse’, and when that process starts: “Many people will probably state that relapse is going back to using either alcohol or drugs, and this is a common misconception. (…)”
Before coming to the New Life Foundation Linda, 22, had traveled a lot. Linda said she felt disconnected, and that she was trying to find herself. An ex-addict, she was still coping with her recovery and always felt scattered. She found the resident program to be really enjoyable and useful.
In May, 2012, New Life hosted the ‘Earth Breathing, Breathing Earth’ Retreat. The retreat was lead by Jon Jandai of Pun Pun, a center for self-reliance in Chiang Mai. He not only provided extensive instruction in mindfulness-awareness, but also bodywork techniques that had helped himself to overcome his fears.
It’s always a good day when you meet people who inspire you. Two such people who came to volunteer at New Life were Laura and John. They have been traveling for some time, and the final leg is to cycle from Istanbul to Amsterdam. On this part of the trip, they aim to raise funds, which will be donated to New Life.
Nick Thorpe is an addiction therapist. Having traversed the addiction path and come through the other side, he now dedicates his life to helping others gain insight into their problems, and to reach sobriety. In this video Nick gives an honest account on his view of the tools to recovery.
Angus Finlayson, is a contributor to the New Life knowledge base. He has many years experience of helping people to come to terms with life’s problems – such as fear. Angus has published an e-book around this sometimes intimidating topic, and he has given us permission to give our readers access to this book.
Kylie, a yoga teacher from Australia, was a volunteer with New Life for a month, and has contributed an enormous amount during in her stay at the foundation. Not only did she facilitate several yoga classes, but – with her life story – she was also a great addition to the community.