“The tools I learned at New Life gave me a newfound balance in my life”

By Patrick

Patrick, TestimonialI first came to New Life in 2013. I was one year in to starting a business called Sobriety Holidays, and a life coach who was helping me at the time told me about the foundation.

“I learned so much from the resident program, the visit really helped with my depression”

Addiction and alcoholism always stems from unresolved pain in my opinion. I suffered depression for many years, and later realised that I hadn’t been able to grieve the end of my 1st marriage in 1981. Eventually I decided I couldn’t go on like that any longer, and I voluntarily checked myself into rehab in 1996 and 1997 in Ireland. The second time, I gained sobriety from alcohol abuse.

I wanted to learn all about New Life, and integrate everything I learned there with what I wanted to achieve with Sobriety Holidays, albeit in a much smaller way. My first impressions were that is was a super place. The beauty of the natural surroundings is the perfect environment to heal, and the staff and community are all working together to achieve peace of mind.

“Meditation has provided the greatest benefit in all areas of my life”

However I realised fairly quickly that I still had some struggles trying to be at peace with my inner self. I learned so much from the resident program, the visit really helped with my depression. Perhaps the most important thing I learned from the program were the loving kindness practices. To keep my heart open when things are challenging. We have a natural tendency to close down when things get tough, but the Buddhist loving kindness practices are a great tool for staying open to give and receive love and abundance.

I have had a relationship with meditation for over 30 years on and off, and have completed several ten day silent retreats over the last five years. One thing I know with certainty is that when practiced often and in a diligent way, meditation has provided the greatest benefit in all areas of my life. I have been sober now for 18 years, and still take one day at a time. Living life in the present moment and with mindfulness has literally changed my life.

“The tools I learned at New Life gave me a newfound balance in my life”

I have enormous gratitude to New Life Foundation for granting me a scholarship. I did not have the funds available to be able to stay for very long, and the tools I learned here gave me a newfound balance in my life. The New Life model will also help me greatly with Sobriety Holidays and with my ability to be able to help other people in their recovery.

If I were to offer advice for anyone currently considering recovery it would be “Try it, what have you got to lose? If you make sobriety your number one goal, everything else will eventually fall in place.”

As a non-profit foundation, we are reliant on the support of paying volunteers and the generosity of our donors and supporters. Last year we were able to offer 28 scholarships thanks to your valued contributions. We need 900,000 baht ($25,000) in order to offer 3 full scholarships per month, with the average length of scholarship being approx. 3 months. Please help us to maintain the scholarship program for 2016 by sponsoring a resident.

Read more inspiring New Life testimonials:

Read more inspiring New Life testimonials:

Marisha’s story: “How the New Life scholarship literally saved my life”

Jorn’s story: “Why I would recommend New Life to anyone considering recovery”

Jojo’s story: The scholarship program “gave me breathing space to heal”

Joey’s story: “Coming to New Life has been the most transformative experience in my life”

Yael’s story: “Why ten days as a volunteer turned into four months as a resident”

 

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