How are you now: Evelien

In the series “How are things now” we talk with former patients about the period that they receive treatment
went at Castle Craig. They tell about their experiences and how things are going now. The names are
fictitious, but their stories are real.

Evelyn (23) 2017

That first night at the castle was awful. I missed my family, my buddies and I especially missed my boyfriend, or rather, my soon-to-be ex-boyfriend. A week before I left for Scotland, he had put the relationship on hold after I lied to him about my use again. “Even now that you're going to Scotland to recover,” he'd said to me, “and we all know you're using, you're still lying about it. I can't handle this anymore. ” Sad as I was, I understood him completely. I was really unhappy. It wasn't until that first, horrible night that I realized it was now or never. This was my chance to recover. And I had to take it with both hands. Because if I continued what I was doing, there would be no more family, buddies or a boyfriend to miss. They weren't in my life anymore. '

Evelyn (26) 2020

'Today I am clean & sober. For three years now. That is still unbelievable to me. I don't have a boyfriend anymore. Because the boyfriend has become my husband. He called me a week after I got back from Scotland. “I hear good stories about you,” he said. "Shall we have coffee somewhere this week?" "What if we do that somewhere at my house?" I said. I never would have dared to say that in the past, afraid of being rejected. But I really learned that in the castle. To see myself as someone who is sick and not as someone who is weak. We have now been married for a year and we have a great time together. If we are allowed to travel again, we will go to Scotland together in the summer of 2021. Maybe we'll combine that vacation with the annual reunion at Castle Craig. He wants to see where I became the woman of his dreams. '