Looking back, I felt that no one was really there for me, someone I could trust and confide in. That’s why I turned to drugs to fill the gap. Unfortunately that was not the answer and only made the situation worse.
The biggest loser was my little son with whom I lost that beautiful mother-child bond. I was too absorbed in my own addictions to devote quality time to him.
Finally I turned to Holyoake for help, and attended the Art and Play Program with my son. From the very beginning we felt so much at home. We were gently guided by our Counsellor to laugh and enjoy each other again.
We enjoyed the activities in the sessions. We began to trust one another and experienced the joy and love of the parent-child interaction – that is, unconditional love.
I think Art and Play is so helpful for parents to get the connection back with their children. I’m so grateful for the care and compassion at Holyoake. I now have my son living with me full time. A year ago he never received a merit certificate at school because of his behaviour, now he is proud to have two! I think he is finally enjoying the childhood he so deserves.