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Sailaday OK – Life changing therapy at sea

Sailaday OK supports marine based adventure therapy to help adults, their families and young persons recover from the consequences of addictions, abuse and other trauma .

Our unique evidence based therapeutic model promotes positive personal change through practical expereince. To reduce disadvantage and social exclusion  by provision of therapeutic sailing  & Educate therapists and skippers in the benefits of therapeutic sailing.

 

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Female 2011

Female 2011

History and how SOK changed her life 

Early triggers; Early abuse, a violent alcoholic father; parental domestic violent abuse; abuse throughout my whole life. Consequences feeling unloved, unimportant, useless; useful only for CCF - as my ex-boyfriend used to call it - cooking, cleaning and fucking.

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Life before treatment: Dificult, despairing, home de tox; methadone, lived alone; had to do it quickly due to lack of time. Family and friends issues; felt I was worthless was there only for pleasure or use of others. (Lower than a snake’s belly)

What effects sailaday had? The first trip, I dealt with an extremely difficult situation and that was the start of me talking to others about the abuse and getting real, the second trip allowed me or kind of forced me to recognise the progress I'd made in treatment. Acknowledging my progress/success has always been hard.

Life now: OK. Some tough days, but keep busy at Ocean Quay (day centre), 5 days a week; learned much since leaving Longreach about myself. I am still learning, still have much to learn, but I feel OK. I've recently had four days in a row where I felt content, never felt content before - it feels good!! It's possible!!! That is great. I still do EMDR, so that can be tough, especially in the evenings, living alone, but I have all the support round me I need, some great people who care, who accept me as I am and that is teaching me slowly to accept me as I am  too. I'm learning it's ok to make mistakes, it won't kill me and it doesn't make me a bad person(still learning that), but it's ok, ok is good, it's better than shit faced and "lower than a snakes belly". 

 

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