This process has been surreal in an eye-opening way. I've been search for this environment my whole adult life without really knowing why until I got here. It's exactly what I needed. At home I'm in a sorority that promotes "safe spaces", but I didn't know what a safe space really was until I got here. I feed secure and comfortable in this environment and the people I've met - clients and staff - have cultivated an extremely open place where I have felt comfortable opening up about all aspects of my life. I guess I'm saying thank you. I believe that my choice to come here saved my life.
I am finally feeling through my emotions instead of drowning them out with drugs. This process is uncomfortable, but I understand that any change is uncomfortable. Brookhaven is constantly changing and this program has kept me so on my toes. I am finally moving at a pace that suits a healthy lifestyle, not a depressed, slow pace where I am stagnant.
Over these past weeks I have come to radically accept the negative and positive aspects of my life. I have become more self-aware and learned how to regulate my emotions. The interpersonal communication skills I've learned here will help me make positive life choices in the rest of my life and I even found a direction for my spirituality. I feel much better equipped to deal with life's hardships and the lessons I've learned here will flow into all aspects of my life once I return home. I can continued thanking Brookhaven countless times, but I have also learned to thank myself. I know that I am strong. I love myself, I trust myself, and that my progress here will only continue outside of these walls.