What Our Client Say
I started doing drugs (marijuana, khat, alcohol and cigarettes) in form 3, in a Nairobi city school, when I was 16 years old. I can attribute the onset of my drug abuse to adolescence issues. I felt my father favored my brother, simply because he is a boy - child (in keeping with the African tradition, where the boy child is favored). All my attempts to catch my father’s attention did not work. I therefore decided to rebel by disappearing from home for days, doing drugs and maintaining more than one boyfriend. My academical performance dropped drastically. Later I came to realize that my father loved me a lot. I was only jealous of my brother, who was doing better than me academically. I managed a C+ at KCSE, and my father gladly took me to a private university. I went to 3 private universities, but would hardly complete one semester, due to doing drugs. I would only come home when I run short of money. In one of these instances, I sold my father’s wedding ring (12 –carant gold ring) for kes 1,200, to finance my drug habits. In 2004, my parents cornered me and got me admitted at Brightside rehabilitation centre for a 4 months treatment program. At Brightside I was able to appear clearly to myself. “Not as giant of my dreams nor the dwarf of my fears”. I resolved to change and I have never turned back. In 2005, I joined Nazarene university for a Ba course majoring in marketing. I graduated in 2008 with 1st class honours, my GPA was 3.8/4.0. The following year, I registered for an MA in communication at the University of Nairobi. I am now finalizing my thesis, and hope to graduate towards the end of year 2011. God willing, by next year I will register for a PHD. I am now 30 years and I have had my dark side of life. I am now on the Brightside of my life. Thanks to the Brightside family and my parents who stood with me during those trying moments. With love, Grace Wanjiru.
When I reached 48 years old, I realized that it was two years before I reached 50 (half a century). For half a century, I had achieved nothing worth taking about. No job, no wife, no kids and living on my mother like a teenager. After A-level examination in Kenya, I proceeded to USA for further studies. While I was in US, I never registered for any course. For 7 ½ years I was just drinking. I came back to Kenya in 1990 and continued drinking. By 1997, I started getting admitted into rehabilitation centers and mental health facilities, but I would relapse into alcoholism soon after discharge. I thank my parents for they never gave up on me. My brother come from South Africa and was assigned the duty of finding a rehab with success stories. He identified Brightside rehabilitation centre in kitusuru, Nairobi. I agreed to be booked – in, although my expectations for recovery were low (after previous relapses). Brightside however, presented rehabilitation with a difference. It dealt with a revival of various aspects of the addict’s life. Alcoholism had affected me physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially. Brightside addressed all those areas. The program helped me to rediscover myself, recovering my self – esteem and building my self - confidence. Unlike my previous attempts, maintaining sobriety by practicing the recommended measures, working through and practicing the nine steps, has been my formula in my quest to maintain sobriety. I am positive and the sky is the limit. I have no words that I can express my gratitude to Brightside for restoring my life. I am now alive to myself and to others.