My time at Hope Rehab by Simon Alastair Peterson
I take great pleasure in writing this as I literally owe you and Hope my life and is the basis for my letter.
Depending on how you look at it I know personally I am grateful to have relapsed twice before after rehabilitations, both times were at the same major rehabilitation centre in Thailand, as it gave me the opportunity and blessing to finally hit my rock bottom, as I was literally on my hands and knees when I called you on that Monday night I remember so well.
I have been thinking lately why has it “worked” so far this time and after much consideration I can confidently put it down to three (3) major areas that were not present at my two other attempts or were what Hope offered available to me to experience at the rehabilitation establishment I was at both times and theses reasons are as follows:
1. I arrived at Hope literally having lost ‘my everything’ in that I had been forced to sell my very large company business, my wife had left me, my son communicated he ‘hated’ me and my existence was completely unmanageable and toxic in every respect;
2. I was also, for the first time, doing this for ME and not so I could ‘keep my family’ or make ‘other people’ happy or to continue my lies and manipulations etc.;
3. And finally because of the unique ‘mix’ of the program you have managed to develop at Hope compared to the program of my only other experience and that’s the two efforts I had at another major rehabilitation centre in Thailand.
I would like to elaborate a touch more on point 3 as it has for now finally made recovery possible for me and sadly that wasn’t ever a reality at the other major rehabilitation centre I experienced in Thailand.
Your programme at Hope has a wonderful blend of 12 steps, Mindfulness, Meditation, Exercise and most importantly for me (and the other clients I met while recovering) was your unique mix of primary and secondary recoveries all in the one program and I definitely didn’t get that experience at my other rehabilitation journey as they if anything ‘frowned’ upon any secondary recovery aspects being an option or even a consideration and that I learned limited any chance I had of recovering in their environment.
For yourself and Hope to give the clients the opportunity to slowly over time, and with the supervision and care of your staff, to integrate with the ‘outside’ world while we are still in primary recovery was not only an amazing experience but it was a blessing that has truly enabled me personally to so far be the healthiest I have ever had the pleasure to be.
I congratulate you on such a forward thinking and proactive program you have developed at Hope and unfortunately wasn’t available to me at my other rehabilitation experience in Thailand and of course I thank you form the bottom of my heart.
I wish you continued success and know our relationship doesn’t finish but merely changes slightly but is one I can count on for many years to come.
Thank you again and all the very best.