I came into Sivana Bali a broken man, there was just a shell of a person. I was depressed, anxious, angry, selfish, self-centered and didn’t care myself or anyone else. Years of alcohol abuse had culminated into several suicide attempts before I made a last ditch effort to try and save my life. All my best efforts to stop ultimately ended in vain, I couldn’t beat this disease on my own. No way.
Then I did something that would change my miserable life around. I called Sivana Bali. It has turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. Right through from the initial assessment to entering the facility, everything was so professional along with a caring, compassionate attitude. You’re not just a number at Sivana, you’re a person. Believe me, I’ve been in and spoken to other rehabs and Sivana and their wonderful program puts these others to shame.
Now, onto to the program. It does involve working the 12 steps. It can be confronting, it can be emotional, it can be challenging but it was exactly what I needed. My only other option was to effectively drink myself to death or end my life at my own hands. It was a no brainer. This 12 step program combined with an informative and thorough education program made my journey back to being a functioning and responsible person so much easier and worthwhile.
Combining this with sessions of yoga, beach exercise in the mornings, and visits to the gym, tied the whole program together with a great balance.
The staff here are just amazing! My heartfelt thanks go out to the Clinical Director, Nev. You never stopped believing in me, challenging me when you knew I could give more and was there whenever I needed to lean on someone. You saw me at my worst and helped share your knowledge of addiction and the many tools to help me overcome this beast of a disease. Thank you.
The head counsellor, David, wow man, I’ve had many counsellors before but you are without doubt the best. You gained my trust from the start through your genuinely compassionate and understanding nature. The concepts we went through to address my many issues were empathetic and thorough. I’m amazed at how far I’ve come emotionally. With your help. Thank you so much.
To all the recovery coaches, I can’t speak highly enough! Anytime I needed help with my step work or just a general chat, each of you were there, non-shaming and just so understanding. You all were my rock when I needed strength and inspirations continually.
Wayan our Chef, you were a gorgeous person as well as a fantastic cook. Nutrition plays such an important part of recovery and we all felt spoilt with your differing choices of cuisine.
Last but certainly not least are the ground staff and support workers. Always there with a smile and a hat, nothing we asked was ever a problem.
So, I leave Sivana Bali after 60 days. Within that time frame such a wide range of emotions. But for the first time in my life I have hope. I’ve attained a wide variety of tools and knowledge for my journey ahead. Most of all I am a man with his principals and morals back. I am sober. I’m glad I could put my journey so far in writing.
Thank you Sivana Bali, you’ve help put me back on the right path, one which I thought I’d lost. I will never forget your help and hope you have bestowed upon me.