Joel came to us for three months after doing three months primary treatment nearby:
I had been to rehab a few times before but had always relapsed soon after leaving. I knew I needed to do something different this time, so I came to Hope House. It was a crucial transition that helped me practice the tools I picked up at primary treatment in real life situations. I learned how to deal with various triggers and cravings. I learned how to live with discipline and self-motivation.
I had smashed myself to pieces for years with heroin addiction. When I got clean I had crippling anxiety and low self-esteem. But with the help of the sober house I’ve rebuilt myself and my life. I have been clean for more than a year now. I’m happy and confident and live a meaningful, rewarding life.
I loved the program here because it has variety and the staff are incredible. The sober coaching here was great. I had always been skeptical of the 12 Steps, but working through them with the staff here has given me a better perspective on life, myself and others. Combined with exercise, mindfulness meditation and CBT, which has helped me challenge my negative thinking, I got a really solid foundation in recovery here.
I liked Bang Sare so much I stayed here after treatment and have built a new life for myself. I found a sponsor locally and I continued to go to meetings and work the steps. I’m so grateful to the sober house for helping me to turn my life around.
Joel L (England)
Robbie came to Hope House after 2 months of primary treatment still struggling with the concept of the abstinence model of recovery. He had severe anxiety and low self esteem so he decided to come, and committed to spending two months with us. He eventually stayed with us for about seven months and is now working as an english teacher, whilst still coming by from time to time and helping others who are at the house. He is without a doubt a classic example of what persevering with long term treatment can actually achieve in your new drug free life.
When I finished my time at rehab I was still in a bad headspace. I hadn’t changed much. I was still shy, insecure and lacked confidence. I knew if I went home my chances of staying clean were not good.
During my time at the Hope House things started to change for the better. It took me a while to get to grips with the programme but after a few months I had a healthy daily routine and was feeling much better about myself and life in general.
The whole team have helped me tremendously. They have a vast amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to recovery and I’m so glad I made the decision to go there. The difference I felt at the house was that they actually cared about me and wanted to see me do well.
The programme they offer really does work. The sober coaching was vital to my recovery and they helped me see how the 12 steps could improve my life. I didn’t really believe in the 12 steps when I got there because I had a bad experience back home. Thank God they helped me see what the programme can offer without scaring me off!
I will never forget my time there. There’s no doubt that the progress I made there has given me the strength the stay clean on the outside. I’m so grateful to the team for what they have done for me. Whenever I needed help they were there for me.
Robbie Y (England)
Chris came to us after completing 2 months primary treatment at a successful rehab in Thailand. He had been quite resistant there and proved to be still a little resistant to the program on his arrival.
Hope House Thailand provided me a wonderful entry into every day life. My backstory is not a good one, I was a heavy poly-substance abuser for 12 years. After failed rehabs and many relapses attempting to get clean on my own, I finally surrendered and truly wanted to get clean. After primary treatment, I knew that I could not go back to my old life and needed to have further support. I simply did not know how to live life without the use of drugs and alcohol. The balanced program provided at the house gave me the tools I needed not only to learn how to enjoy daily life without the use of drugs, but it also taught me how to love myself. Their involvement in the 12 step programs increased my self-esteem and made me much happier with myself. The exercise (spiritual and physical) increased my serenity and physical health to a point that after so much drug abuse, I didn’t think was possible. After 2 months at the house, I decided to extend my stay for one month, and now I have built a new life for myself in Bang Sare. I’m infinitely happier as a person, and am excited about the life that is ahead of me. There was a lot of work involved, but it’s something I wouldn’t trade for the world.
Chris H (United States/China)
Paul had a couple of failed attempts in rehab before coming to us in the spring of 2016. He was at a loss what to do in order to maintain long term sobriety. He decided to continue with treatment at Hope House. He is now another of our success stories, currently clean and living back home in Australia.
Paul’s Sober house was exactly what I needed to stay clean. Going from 1st stage rehab, home was simply to much of a jump for me, the sober house makes the transition more realistic and makes you feel ready for what life throws at you. Paul has a great setup in Bang Saray and has gone above & beyong to help me stay clean. The Sober house has a perfectly made program & structure suited for preparing me for life on life’s terms. All in all I believe Paul & his staff helped me get to where I am today, I honestly don’t know where I would be right now if not for them, truly grateful.
Paul Pereira (Australia).
Jordan had been a client previously in a rehab where Paul worked but he had relapsed and was trying to get back into recovery again. He struggled massively with social anxiety and was an ice addict reduced to living in a bedroom at his parents home. He called asking would we take him in.
I attended rehab for two months in late 2014 for ice addiction. While in rehab I learnt a lot about myself and found the tools to stay clean, but leaving the safety bubble of rehab was too much for me. I found myself back at home in Australia struggling to adapt to “normal ” life. I quickly relapsed. Through a year of struggles with regret at wasting my opportunity to stay clean, I kept in touch with Paul who had helped mentor me while I was in rehab. He told me about the new facility Hope House Thailand that he had started and to get over there. Thanks to my family and Paul I soon found myself at Hope House where I found the mixture of a good daily program, friendly supportive workers and freedom very helpful. Soon I started to feel better and come out of my shell, after being very reclusive and reluctant to go out in public during my addiction. Spending two months on the inpatient program and for a further four months on the outpatient program has given me the ability to recommence a full and active life. I am now 16 months clean and working and living happily back at home in Australia. My life is amazing today and my future is brighter than ever with a big thanks to Paul, the Hope House Thailand team and my family.