It has been 6 months since I stayed 2 weeks at Tarascon and life has never been better. It took me years to admit that I needed help, I had always falsely considered myself a fiercely independent and strong woman who knew so much better than anyone else what was best for me. I also knew alcohol dependance was an issue, but I stubbornly justified my continual over-consumption for almost 20 years. I used every excuse in the book to continue with my addiction until I could no longer cope with the constant and damaging emotional and physical roller-coaster ride that was my life.

I walked into Tarascon defeated, overworked, stressed out, lacking in purpose and using alcohol to temporarily ‘block out’ even the smallest of life’s set-backs. I left Tarascon a ‘whole’ person with renewed self-esteem, better health, effective life-skill tools to replace my addiction and with a very clear direction for my life.

Life and work still gets stressful at times that is one thing that will always remain the same. With the tools I received at Tarascon it has enabled me to be able to see my place in the world in a whole new light and bring a new perspective on how to cope and move on from life’s challenges, without feeling the desire to drown them out at the bottom of a wine bottle. It has also been a huge emotional release being able to go to social functions and not wake up the next day wondering “What did I say, what did I do?”, I now know exactly what I say and do at such functions and it’s a wonderful feeling.

I have been completely free from my addiction for the last 6 months, which is something before Tarascon I never thought I would ever be able to achieve. It has made me a much better friend, businesswoman and wife to be living as a sober, contented and clear-headed individual.

I will be forever grateful to the amazing team of truly insightful and highly skilled professionals at Tarascon for having built such a haven for anyone seeking personal growth and recovery from addiction and especially for helping me get off my roller-coaster.