How are you now - Jerry

In the series "How are things now" we talk with former patients about the period they started treatment at Castle Craig. They tell about their experiences and how things are going now. The names have been changed, but their stories are real.

Jerry 57 (2013)

'I will never forget Christmas 2013. And certainly not the place where I celebrated that. At Castle Craig in Scotland. I didn't have it easy there, I say honestly. I missed my young daughter, I missed my family, but most of all I missed myself. Who was I? Was I the man I had cherished all those years before? A man with a big ego, a man who actually didn't exist? I do remember having a good conversation with my therapist that first Christmas Eve, which was celebrated in the large rooms downstairs in the castle. “What I wish you for the New Year,” he said, “is that you find something positive. Because if you find that, the rest of the clouds will float away by themselves. I've heard that you always think about others during group discussions. You have great empathy. That is beautiful. You have to do something with that. That will make you feel good. '

Jerry 64 (2020)

'Next year I will be clean & sober for eight years. I never thought I could. And two years ago I met the woman of my dreams. Probably had everything to do with the law of attraction. I felt confident again and then that happens to you. And what gives me a lot of satisfaction is that I can help addicts in recovery. With my experience and knowledge as an expert by experience. It is not my profession, but I do get back from them that I mean a lot to them. My therapist at the castle was right that first Christmas Eve of 2013. There is no feeling better than helping others. That's how I found my real self again. '