With the help of Goldbridge, I have, for me, a good amount of time without the use of any alcohol or drugs. I drank from a young age, progressing to a daily user of alcohol or drugs by age 15, then amphetamines and hallucinogens by age 17. This pattern continued until age 43 when I came to Goldbridge. I’d been in long-term psychosis, diagnosed schizophrenic, was suicidal and in a psych ward. And I didn’t know how to stop using or even if I could. I also didn’t know I was suppressing an abusive childhood.
Goldbridge provided a safe environment to start unpacking and understanding my drug use and all the behavior that goes along with addiction. I was supported through this process by my peers, Goldbridge staff and in-house psychologists, I needed all of these.
I also completed the transition program, which helped me slowly integrate back into the community safely and continue to use the Continuing Care counsellor as part of my ongoing recovery. This whole process has helped me have a relationship with myself, to work through childhood trauma, develop coping strategies and healthy supporting relationships. I have been free of any substance, including prescription drugs, since going into Goldbridge. I have rebuilt my relationship with my sons, coparenting with their mother, I am an active member in several communities not recovery oriented as well as the recovery community. I am currently studying and working casually in the area in which I am studying.
Participating in the Goldbridge program has given me freedom from the cycle of addiction, the gift of choice and slowly allowed the real me to be seen.