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Pain Is Optional

By Justin Nolan, Director Client Liason

“Clarity, confidence, happiness, contentment & motivation eluded me. Here I was- 36 years of age, a new father, progressing in my career, and in the space of  four months, (after another 18 months of abstinence) I had deteriorated rapidly; my reality had drastically changed to the point where I was in hospital again.

My substance abuse had reared its ugly head again. I was functioning, but I was suffering and so too were those around me. Particularly my partner and immediate family.

Sitting there describing my history to a nurse who attempted to guide me through my tears, embarrassment and shame, I felt lost, confused and afraid.

Where and how was I going to deal with all of this? How would I ever regain control, purpose and find my zest for life again?

In total I spent 23 years in and out of active substance abuse. During this time I had varying degrees of success and achievements. Completing a degree, competing as a professional athlete, purchasing property and working in a corporate capacity. However, I also had this underlying substance abuse problem that inhibited me from being emotionally available for my loved ones, friends and employers.

Entering my first treatment centre at 25 years of age, my understanding of substances changed, yet with little personal change. Over the course of the next 12 years I attended countless consultations with Doctors, Psychiatrists and Psychologists. I attended multiple programs, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. The expense has been exorbitant, to say the least, and it took me a long time to find the right recovery to suit me, losing everything in the process.

At 21Renew our retreat can prevent the demise I experienced. You do not have to lose everything like I did. You do not have to fix everything immediately. It certainly does not have to be as grueling a process for all involved. At 21Renew we pride ourselves on assisting you to create a structure you feel confident, excited and motivated to implement on completion.

Over the course of 21days with 21Renew your purpose, clarity, confidence and motivation will return. Your dependence on things will diminish/ be eradicated and you will gain a greater understanding of yourself in a safe, luxurious setting where you derive a plan that you want to implement.”

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