I am a 46 years old woman with a 19 years old daughter. My daughter is caring, kind, loving, creative, talented and an addict. Yes, I had to add the word addict as this is a major word that changes her personality completely. She lost her father when she was 17 years old. Being a single mother, I focused on earning a living for the house. I couldn’t spend much time with her.
I did not realize that she started drinking alcohol at a very early age of 17. I somehow blame myself for this because of two reasons. The first reason is that I could not give her the needed amount of time and I thought she felt ignored but I did not have a choice as I had to work. The second reason was that when I came back from work and when I was very tired or stressed I used to sip a glass of wine in front of her. Back then I did not realize that it was having a very negative impact on her.
One day when I came back from work and I noticed her behavior was very unusual. I thought something was fishy. I started keeping a close eye on her. The entire week I used to come back from work and find things to be weird so one day I came back home before time and I saw her drinking alcohol. On further search I got to know that she had a bottle of vodka in her cupboard which she consumed after coming back from her college. I was taken aback.
I started seeking for help on the internet as I did not want to talk about it to any of my colleagues or relatives. I read the safe house wellness retreat reviews and found it safe for my daughter.
My daughter was willing to go there as she realized that the path she had chosen was wrong but she found it difficult to quit alcohol.
She was there for two months. I kept meeting her every three days. Initially she wanted me to call her back but as days passed I could see her settling well. She was happy with her counsellor and discussed her heart out. There were things she didn’t talk to me about as she thought I would get upset.
Now she is back from there and she s out of the habit of drinking alcohol. She keeps talking about her experience in safe house. She keeps praising the courteous staff and the helpful counsellors.
I can’t thank safe house enough for returning my world back to me!