What I have gained through community living at Caritas is everything that I have lost, eventually would have lost and so much more. Most importantly I have a better understanding of myself and who I am. This is something which could only have been attained through community living. We are able to view ourselves through the eyes of others when otherwise we are blind from our denial. I have a relationship with my family which I am rebuilding rather than destroying. And I am putting into practice the life skills which are shown to us.
I believe in community living because it is the only way that I have been able to learn certain aspects about myself. It is through others that I am able to view myself in a new light, develop understanding compassion and to see the real me.
I used to feel helpless and hopeless trapped in my addiction. Slowly through the painful yet pleasant process I have developed a sense of hope. I have drive and motivation for life. I have goals which I cannot reach on my own. I would like to express my gratitude to all the staff who help show me the way, and all the fellow residents for helping me every day to see who I am.