Can you feel it? The rhythm of the music as it moves you! Recently we had a fantastic weekend dance retreat here at New Life. The facilitators, Niraj and Katy were incredible and their passion […]
I have been at New Life for almost six months now and the end of my stay comes closer and closer. What I can already say, is that it has been one of the most amazing experiences in my life! The lessons I learned here are too numerous to write down in a single blog post, but I wanted to give it a try with the 13 that are most valuable to me.
I have always been an independent person. When I’ve had bad times and needed support to move forward, friends and family would comment, “You are brave, you’ll be fine.” It was as if my inherent strength had become a double edged sword, I felt a bit invisible. The truth was, I did not know how to ask for help nor accept it if it was given.
Dave Smith, a Buddhist meditation teacher and addiction treatment specialist, held a 7 day silent Retreat at New Life. We spoke with a few of the 32 participants before they entered the retreat and caught up with them afterwards to see the changes the experience had brought them.
My mother is a drug addict. My father was absent. I ended up as an addict myself, involved in criminal activities, gangs, etc, and sold drugs in order to make ends meet. Later on, a boyfriend got me involved in the sex industry.
I became an addict because I became friends with people that were experimenting with drugs. My drug became hash and I ended up a smoker for about 25 years. Some of my friends died and some survived along the way. I’d like people to understand that there’s no one that is an addict for no valid reason.
Jojo’s problem was extreme stress and burnout, an issue which she attempted to escape with alcohol and partying when she did have time off from work. This ultimately took a toll on her health: “I burned the candle at both ends — hard. It all caught up with me and by November 2014…