In the following interview, Leesa talks about her experience in the resident program at New Life, how much she benefited from the combination of Western therapies, mindfulness and meditation practice, and how much fun it was to join a workshop with the artist Strawalde, who was a recent guest here at the foundation.
1. Would you like to introduce yourself?
I’m Leesa, from Australia. I’m 35 years old, partner to Bruce and mother of a little boy called Ethan who is 7 years old. I worked as a senior scheduler in the building and construction industry in Perth, Western Australia.
2. What is the reason you are here?
I came to Thailand to treat my addiction to alcohol. I spent one month in Chiang Mai for intensive treatment and I continued secondary treatment here at New Life Thai Foundation, where I could not have asked for a better place to come to complete this. The intensive treatment was very hard, but I managed to get through it with a lot of determination and hard work.
3. How did you find out about New Life?
My partner found New Life on the Internet, while researching treatment centers in Thailand.
4. What do you like about New Life?
I like how New Life incorporates western treatments together with mindfulness, meditation and alternative therapies, helping me building up my life again.
5. Have you encountered any difficulties or challenges here?
I didn’t encounter any difficulties at NLF apart from speaking in group-therapy. This is something I will be continuing to work on, as this will take some time.
6. You recently joined the Art Workshop with Strawalde for one week. What was your experience of it?
I had the pleasure of meeting the artist Strawalde and learning about his life and his art and film-making. I learned the basic techniques of abstract art and its uses within films. It was a joy to know that everyone can be an artist if they can let go and be completely natural within themselves. Strawalde himself is a lovely gentleman who has a witty and comical sense of humor that I found to be motivating and inspirational.
7. What would be your advice to other newcomers?
I would like them to come with an open mind and willingness to learn and participate in the program, as this is an integral part of treatment and recovery.
* Many thanks to M for the interview and guest post!