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Solidarnost Association
“Solidarnost” Association for Rehabilitation of Addicted People




In the beginning of the program I was skeptical and was telling myself that I did not belong there. I thought I did not have a problem. I will never forget my first day. I was met by a young lady with a charming smile and a little later I realized that she was going to be my mentor who would help me adapt to the program’s milieu. I was a little anxious, but soon I felt accepted by the group. In 2-3 days I felt comfortable to the point that I was making remarks and reproofs to her and the others.

After a week I got to meet my case worker (the psychologist who was managing my case). She greeted me with the words: “Are you the guy who does not like to be praised?” Indeed, at that time I didn’t like to receive positive feedback.

The first couple of months I felt like I am in the rehab program only because of my family. However, the program taught me how to accept my shortcomings and persevere while working on them. I learned that I am a worthy person even without using drugs.

I had difficulties of being too controlling of others. In the program I learned how to only take responsibility of my own behavior. In addition, I acquired the ability to plan constructively my free time.

In the beginning I would often leave the center when I’d get in a difficult and uncomfortable situation. Despite that, I did not quit the program and I was grappling with my problems. One day I received a feedback form the staff that I should leave others to own the responsibility for their behaviors. Even though I had difficulties with that, I learned how to first take care of myself, while still helping others.

I benefited a lot form the “Encounter” group. Tickets with negative feelings would almost always address my behaviors. It took me awhile until I learned to take in this kind of feedback. Receiving positive feedback was also hard for me. I remember an occasion when I received a pat on the back. I started laughing hysterically and felt ashamed. After that group this became much easier for me.

The rehab program helped me earn back the trust of my family and the skill to share with them. I learned to be and accept myself for what I am. I learned to trust myself and to be successful.

It was a pity that I had become addicted, but I am now happy to have graduated the rehab program. I am grateful to the whole team at “Solidarnost” for being so supportive in every step of my way.

I have entered the resocialization phase of the program and I have the chance to practice the skills that I have acquired. I am coping well with early warning signs and high risk situations, and I am building a new social environment of people who do not use.

My motto is “Nothing’s worth more than today!” I’d be happy to see you choose to fight and get over your addiction. Choose Yourself!

And remember, change is not an event, it is a process.

K., 02.2018