A parent’s story:
My daughter Rebecca was a skeleton. She was literally dying before my very eyes, it was just a matter of time before she would have to be hospitalized with organ failure. She had already been into hospital on several occasions previously and she knew what she was doing to herself but she just couldn’t help herself by stop taking drugs.
The feeling of desperation and hopelessness I felt was absolutely overwhelming. I had absolutely no idea where to turn to. We had been down so many different paths and nothing had worked for her. She had been to psychiatrists, counsellors, drug rehabilitators, Miraki, Logan House and South Pacific and nothing worked.
My daughter had two young children and whilst she tried in her own drug dependant way to look after them it absolutely broke my hearts to see what was happening to them. I knew if I took the children off her as I had done once before it would totally destroy her, so did I save my grandchildren and sign what I knew without any doubt would be a death warrant for my daughter.
I spent hours on the internet checking out every rehabilitation centre in Australia but they all said the same thing, Rebecca would have to leave her children with me, a plan I knew without any doubt would fail before it had even started.
By sheer luck I found Fresh Hope. I had never heard of it. After reading their web page and calling them I myself finally had some small hope. Rebecca would be living in with her children, I to this day do not understand how they can expect any drug addict mother to possibly recover by isolating her from her children.
At the interview we were told that we would have to wait for a vacancy. I was absolutely devastated. I did not know how much longer Rebecca would agree to go for. I think Karen must have seen my desperation because she agreed to take her straight away
I look at Rebecca and my grandchildren now and I just can’t believe the total difference in such a short time. Rebecca is the absolute picture of glowing good health. Not only has she learnt how to live her life without drugs but she has become an exceptional mother. I am so incredibly proud of her for how hard she has worked to turn her life around.
Karen, John and their team at Fresh Hope have performed absolute miracles when nobody else could. They have given me back my daughter and my grandchildren their mother. Rebecca has her pride and her dignity back and for that Karen and John have my everlasting gratitude.
Before Fresh Hope Rebecca had absolutely no life. She hated herself, she hated what she had become, she had no self respect, she just felt she was totally worthless and good for nothing. Fresh Hope was able to show her what I had always known about her. Rebecca has always been a beautiful, funny, caring and generous person who would give her last cent to anybody she thought needed it. There were many very sad reasons that Rebecca turned to drugs and she got so lost she couldn’t find her way back until Fresh Hope showed her the way.