Милена, 24 — Германия
I would like to express my deepest gratitude towards the people who gave me hope, belief and helped me save my life. People, who took a chance on me and welcomed me with open arms. I have been in the Centre from March 2014 until September 2014. Before that I have had many attempts to try and stop my drug use. Like most addicts, I believed I could do this myself. Telling myself that every day would be my last, lying to myself and everyone around me, I made myself and everyone around me suffer, not understanding that I can’t help myself. No one around me could. This continued for several years, building more lies, fear, pain and anger. I had given up hope on myself a long time ago but thankfully my family didn’t. After a failed attempt at a Detox facility I quickly realized that nothing had changed. The need for drugs was like a hole in me that kept yearning for more since I couldn’t be happy with life or myself. After my family had contacted Step by Step and everything was arranged, they informed that I would be flying to Israel.
The moment I arrived, I was welcomed with open arms. I was filled with so much regret, fear, anger and pain but what was very important to me was that I immediately felt that I wasn’t the only one living like this. The people working there understood me right away and didn’t make me feel like an outsider, and although it was hard to believe I realized I came to a place where people invest their heart and soul to truly help you. Being thoughtful, caring and professional.
They helped me see that it is possible to overcome this, if you are willing and just believe in the process. Noticing changes in myself, I became more and more motivated to stay clean and start a new life. I yearned for a life where I could finally be happy with myself, without trying to fill the emptiness that just kept growing. I have learned so many things about myself, things I had buried deep inside being suppressed by drugs. Thanks to the people working at SbS, I learned to believe in new possibilities, starting to want new things for myself. I am now clean 9 Months and have no desire to ever return to that life of misery and pain. I am forever grateful to the people at Step by Step, who helped guide me to a sober, happy, fulfilled life.