I had been sober for 10 months but recently relapsed 3 weeks prior to coming to The Dawn. Upon my arrival I was greeted at the airport by 2 members of staff who made me feel comfortable and relaxed and could even share a laugh whilst travelling to the centre. As I could only stay at The Dawn for 2 weeks due to work commitments back home, the counsellor I worked with created an individualised programme for me to assist my needs which involved a relapse prevention programme.
What I like about The Dawn was not only the counselling therapy and holistic therapies on offer but that I was not treat like a child and had freedom and opportunities to go offsite with members of staff and other clients. I could attend AA meetings and we would go for meals outside of the centre which made me feel part of society. The whole programme is intense but relaxed. I even tried meditation for the first time which was good, let’s just say I definitely need more practice.
The overall experience I would say was inspiring and the staff made me feel as a part of the family and were supportive throughout. Thank you to you all for guiding me back onto the path of recovery. I will hopefully come back and visit you all next year (not as a client but a visitor lol).