I started working with Sarah and the Sanctuary at a critical time. I’d started to change from being a functional heavy drinker, and once the transition commenced to being out of control, I was heading towards and in many ways already in a serious amount of chaos. The in control career girl façade was starting to slip, the shame of which made me hide more behind the bottle.
I contacted Sarah at a very low ebb, and quickly found a place that was empathetic yet straight talking. The whole relationship is built on honesty, which was made clear very early on. The sense of being accountable and responsible started to give a sense of direction and hope. I started to understand that I was gaining rather than losing, and choosing a better life.
I’d be the first to admit that I haven’t been the quickest to catch on, with some bumps along the way. However, I feel significantly better and in control of my life for the first time in a long time. Gradually, the pieces of a positive life that Sarah encouraged me with in tough times have started to emerge.
I can’t praise Sarah enough for being there with patience, wisdom, encouragement and humour.