Overall the experience at Seasons Bali has been life changing and has given me a whole new perspective on who I am and how I am going to live my life in the future. Some of my highlights have been being a part of the therapeutic community, working with others and learning from the wisdom and knowledge of some of the people who have been around for a long time. The staff are great and I could relate to them so well because they have all been through the same sorts of things. The centre is fantastic too and you feel really safe and taken care of. I really couldn’t fault either the facility or the program!
Byrn, 28 years old, 30 day program, UK
When I came here I was a broken man and after 60 days I started to see and feel the change. For the first time in my life I felt like there was hope. Now, I have finished a 90 day program and I’m moving into Transitional Housing for my next challenge. Three months ago I didn’t think any of this was possible. I’ve done rehab before with no success. Seasons has done for me what I could never do for myself. The staff are terrific and this has been a totally enlightening experience.
Rob, 90 days, August 2017
When I came here I was essentially trying to kill myself the week before, this has saved my life. I thought from the beginning it was an incredible gift because its so rare to have the opportunity to take 3 months out to work on yourself. That’s what Seasons gave me. The staff are caring, supportive and genuine.
Emmi, 90 day program, August 2017
It helped me in far more ways than I thought it would. It’s completely changed my views on myself, the program and how to live my life. It’s provided me with a really through education on the 12 steps and how to implement recovery tools all of my affairs.
The staff were great. Time was just phenomenal, sessions with him were unreal. The weekend activities were great too and left to the client’s discretion. It’s been an amazing experience to see Bali while I am working on who I am as a person.
Sam, 90 day program, August 2017
Seasons opened my mind to a whole new way of living. I had tried CBT rehabs before and I didn’t feel like I left with the tools to continue my recovery. The therapeutic processes used here and the 12 steps mean I feel confident about leaving now.
The staff, especially the case managers are so open and made themselves available day and night. Everyone is a recovering addict here and I could really relate to their stories. It’s a beautiful premises and the way that all the activities are scheduled really allows you the time to focus on your recovery.
Heidi, Primary Program 28 days, May 2017
This program is awesome and I have gained so much over the last 28 days. I’m happy with my experience here. I really got a through education on addiction and how social interactions affect my life. The staff are great and really experienced with what they do and have all been through it themselves – that’s the best bit really. My sessions with Tim (the therapist) were amazing and he was really able to help me pinpoint my issues.
Anton, Primary Program 28 days, April 2017
Before coming in to rehab I had attempted suicide because of my drug use and relationship issues. I had a drug and alcohol councillor who recommended Seasons and my Mum got in contact with them. I knew it would be nice but I didn’t think it would be this nice. I expected a lot more crazy drug addicts, I had been in mental institutions which were pretty messed up.
I loved how connected the program makes you feel, not just with yourself but in your interactions with other people. The staff really teach you how to communicate and care about other people and what they are saying. The connection I had with the staff was really strong too especially with my case manager, he was amazing and taught me so much.
I love exercise so I loved boot camp and I loved going to meetings, I thought I would hate drama but actually it was really good fun. I hated check in but it taught me a lot. I’m really impatient so sitting there for ages was really tough. And I loved the food, the chef even taught me how to make things from the menu, I had never cooked before and I can’t wait to get home and try it out.
I don’t want to drink and use again and this process has taught me there is so much more to life than that. I’m really looking forward to going out into the world and applying what I have learnt here.
Brent Primary Program 90 days, February 2017
It feels excellent to be leaving, I feel very happy. I am a satisfied customer. It was gambling that brought me into rehab, I also did drugs and drank a lot too. I was selling drugs to fund my gambling habit. I really needed some help and I found it here. I had no idea what rehab would be like, I just pictured scenes from movies with crazy people everywhere and it isn’t really like that. The group I was in with were very kind and loving and helpful; there wasn’t any twisted mental people. I was fortunate to be with a good group of people and I believe we will be lifelong friends.
Some of the staff I have met here have been amazing people too and have helped me along so much to be a better person to give back. It’s been great to listen to their stories and relate to a lot of their stuff. I also feel like I will keep in touch with many of the staff members too.
Karl, Primary Program 90 days, Feb 2017
My experience at Seasons was challenging but really good. I had expected to hate it and it really took until after I had detoxed until I could concentrate. Alcohol was my main thing but I had been taking Valium for a long time and I was very scared to come off that but the staff and the group here really helped me.
My highlights have been getting to know all the people I have met, coming out of my shell and feeling more alive. I really enjoyed the yoga and meditation and at the weekends I loved going to the nice beaches and things like getting my nails done. They are things that I haven’t done for a really long time!
I’m really looking forward to going home and seeing my daughter and showing my family that I can be sober and that the NA/AA programs really work. I used to hate AA meeting but after doing the program here (at Seasons) and with all the information I have been given I can finally see how good it is.
Rama, Primary Program 90 days, Jan 2017
When I came to Seasons had been taking Suboxone as a prescription from an outpatients service for a little over 2 years and abusing over the counter pain medication for big chunks of time. Before that I had 11 years of clean time and then relapsed. During that time (clean) I really got a life that I had never had and then I just screwed it up. It’s a pretty weird story about how I came to Seasons, I was on a year’s sabbatical from work, writing a book and had planned to come to Bali with two friends of mine who had long term sobriety. I was panicking because I was going to run of Suboxone and I went to hospitals and doctors on the island trying to get some and nobody had them and that led to me calling the Seasons help line, really to just see if I could get my tablets. I spoke to Justin (one of the advisors). I was sort of being honest because I really had no intentions of coming off completely, I had tried a few times and I would get it down to a really low dose and then couldn’t let go of it entirely. On the phone, he said to me ‘Don’t you want to get off it completely?’ I really wanted to tell him to **** himself but he struck a cord and I talked to my family and friends and called some other rehabs and then decided to just go for it.
I’ve been to rehab before and I was really expecting a detox and then out and it really didn’t work out that way. When I went before I was in a big facility in the States with 150 people and this was 16 years ago. I really wasn’t expecting to learn so much from the support staff here, especially those much younger than me with less time in recovery than I had had. It’s really hard to hide in here because of the small group and that was really good for me because I’m an isolater. I formed some really close relationships in a very short period of time both with the staff and the people who were in my group. My support worker was just amazing and I really didn’t like him at the start, he pushed my buttons but now I can’t imagine having worked Steps with anyone else.
My favourite thing was the drama groups. The teacher is absolutely incredible she can really get anyone to come out of their shell and I even enjoyed yoga by the end. Check in, especially when Gus (the Program Coordinator) was taking the group, was fantastic. He could really be a professor that guy! The food was just excellent too and the chef makes a really good curry and is always open to trying new things.
Seasons has really given me my life back, I had really lost my mind. I want to be clean and I want to be free and now I have that joy and that pain!
Eric, Primary Program 28 days, Dec 2016
I’ve just finished the 28 day program at Seasons Bali. I arrived desperately needing help as alcohol had taken over my life. At Seasons I found the right support and an excellent program that has helped me to change my life and my attitude. It has given me the confidence to now face life without alcohol by continuing on the program that they set me up with.
Some of the best things about the Seasons program are the structure and the program content, the support I got from the staff and community, and the healthy food. They use lots of fresh products, which was important to me as I work in the nutrition field. I came here with such a negative attitude and now I’m leaving with a positive one. I have a completely different way of looking at things now. I’m leaving with confidence in my future and my sobriety and with the tools to maintain my sobriety in the future. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s struggling with addiction.
Carolyn, Primary Program 28 days, May 2016
I had been using ice and coke – smoking and intravenously – as well as alcohol since I was 12 years old. I’m 28 now and it’s my first attempt at recovery. I’m so thankful that I went to Seasons. I needed a 90 day program and also their Transitional Housing Program to ease me back into society and normal life.
It provided a beautiful facility and a program of action that has worked for me. I’m now drug free and fit. I’ve developed some patience and willingness. There were male role models that have been a positive influence in my life. The staff were excellent and the food was 5 star. I’m surfing and have a positive outlook on life now. And I know it’s not just for days to come but months to come.
Nick, Primary Program 90 days, Apr 2016
I came to Seasons after my family did an intervention on me because they were concerned about my drinking. I had been drinking on my own every night. After Seasons I feel stronger, I feel balanced, I’ve learned to put up more healthy boundaries and have much higher self-esteem. The best things about the program were being with other addicts, experiencing honesty, not being judged and being accepted for exactly how I am. Not only am I sober but I’m taking a whole lot of positive values back for my children.
Sarah, Primary Program 28 days, Dec 2015
I decided to come to Seasons because my life had taken a really dark twist and my dependence on drugs and alcohol had started to rule my life. Now I have a new restored hope in a bright future, a newfound freedom within myself and I’m noticeably less anxious. I have so much more confidence and self-esteem and more faith in humanity. Group check-ins were a great way to face fears, identify feelings and work through emotions. The support staff go above and beyond and the management and counsellors are next level amazing. It was the best decision I had made in a long time.
Megan, Primary Program 90 days, Dec 2015
This was my first experience at rehab after 35 years of drinking and using. And I entered day one hopeless, bitter and spiritually bankrupt. But willing to try anything. I exited 50 days later with a formal and informal support system, physically well and had developed a spiritual foundation and a hopefulness about the future that I have never experienced before.
Daryl, Primary Program 60 days, Oct 2015
Before I came to Seasons I had been a daily user and drinker for a decade and my life was tough. It had been really hard keeping things together and then I stopped being able to do that. Before I came in was the lowest point in my life. I think I had a lot of trepidation about coming to treatment but the staff at Seasons were so great. They were empathetic and sympathetic to my needs. After 90 days I left Seasons with a lot of hope and faith that I’d be able to employ what I had learned there and get my life back on track. Without reservation coming to Seasons was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.
Nick, Primary Program 90 days, Oct 2015
I came to Seasons with little hope and no direction. I needed to change my life dramatically. The program was really progressive for me and helped me to look at things in a different light. The fact that everyone else is in recovery is one of the best things about the program. And the staff are absolutely wonderful. Now I see a life without alcohol and a bright future.
Stephen, Primary Program 60 days, Oct 2015
For me the biggest life changes that have come from being at Seasons have been my growing self-esteem and forgiveness for myself. I think what made the most impact was meeting such inspiring people – the staff and other residents – I’ve made lifelong friends here. The support workers were definitely one of the best things about the program, and the counsellors; they’re recovering addicts like me. Their stories are so inspiring, it gives me hope. They know how to really open you up and get everything out that needs to come out.
The program is so well balanced with the right amount of everything – exercise, therapy, relaxation, fun. Morning check-in group is amazing, magic really happens in Check-in. Seasons has given me a completely new life and a different outlook for sure.
Chloe, Primary Program 90 days, Jun 2015
I’ve done a full 360 from coming to Seasons. My mental, emotional, physical and spiritual life is 100% if not 200% better than it was when I arrived. I’m leaving so much better equipped with tools to manage my everyday life drug free. I feel fantastic being drug free – I feel so much more alive and happy. It hasn’t been that way for me for a long time.
My spiritual connection is like never before. I feel so much more grounded, so much more connected and I have better relationships now. My relationships are honest and true now and I didn’t know what that was like before. The awareness I have of myself and others is phenomenal. The program as a whole is really well rounded with exercise, education, CBT and getting to go out to 12 step meetings. The best things about the program are the support from staff and other residents and the therapeutic environment. The staff were so amazing and they’re all very consistent and caring.
Kamilla, Primary Program 90 days, Jun 2015
My experience at Seasons overall was really amazing. I just came here for court and my mum but I ended up really wanting to be there. I didn’t really know what to expect but I found it very easy to settle into the program.The staff are really good and well educated in their area and they really understood me because they‘ve all been through it themselves. The other residents were really welcoming and friendly and helped me settle in. The food was amazing and the nightly trips to the meetings were exciting and inspirational. I’ve got good goals in life now, proper goals. I don’t have to do drugs anymore, I’m so much happier and I’ve learned life skills that I didn’t have before. I’ve learned so much.
Bella, Primary Program 28 days, Feb 2015
Seasons has given me the tools to cope with life. Before I came in I was numb, self-centred, a mess and couldn’t deal with life. I was killing myself with drugs. Now I feel excited about a new beginning and a new outlook on life. The program has allowed me to change who I am, change old habits and behaviours and stop taking drugs. One of the best things about the program is the staff. It’s such a great team and they’re so inspirational. The honesty and openness the program provides helped me to deal with not only the drugs but with life.
Miguel, Primary Program 60 days, Jan 2015
Seasons has allowed me to clear out the disease of addiction and focus on a recovery path, therefore allowing me to have a much clearer mind. Leaving my drug of choice behind will allow me to involve myself in so many new and fun activities.
The time I spend with family is so much better because I now have new strategies for relating to them. We used to always talk about my disease and drug use and now we can redirect it to positive common interests.
Ben, Primary Program 90 days, Aug 2014
When I arrived at Season’s I was broken spiritually and emotionally, not to mention the toll alcohol and drugs had taken on my body. After many failed attempts to stop using drugs and alcohol independently, I believed I was beyond help. At Seasons I found that with the care, attention and relevant knowledge of the excellent staff and the loving environment of the beautiful grounds at Season’s Bali I was able to begin the recovery process.
I was able to get to the core issues of the reasons why I had such self destructive behaviours, that had been causing myself and the people that love me such pain and misery for so long. At Season’s I found that I suffered from a disease and that it was treatable through the broad range of clinical therapies Seasons use in their program and the twelve steps. Today I am now living a full and meaningful life. A life I had thought unattainable where I am now free to pursue my dreams and walk free from the misery of addiction.
Mark, Primary Program 90 days, Jan 2014
To all the staff at Seasons…thanks for the email, I really do appreciate the continued contact. I am doing very well! Almost one year in sobriety (I was in rehab around Nov 12).I won’t go on too much but life for me these days is just fantastic.
Even when it’s bad it’s somehow awesome. I go to AA meetings regularly, have a sponsor and love anything to do with associated spiritual progress. I noticed the first 6 months were very hard, there were many times I nearly relapsed…..lots of stressful situations and overwhelming emotional stuff, but by going to meetings and eventually picking up the phone and talking to someone in AA, I have managed to get through and stay sober.
Going to that AA convention in Bali was a damn good idea as it really opened my mind to what AA is really like. I am lucky here in Perth as there are many different kinds of meetings to attend. I am about to head out tonight to a steps meeting. I am actually only on step 5 with my sponsor. I love how it’s very hard to describe, but you know how it feels. Feels like Freedom! I am hoping to go to Bali next month and celebrate my first year clean so maybe I will see you guys. Thanks, thanks and thanks again for saving my life and giving me a new beginning.
Adrian, Primary Program 28 days, 2012
Before I came to Family Week my relationship was a big mess. I didn’t know what to expect coming to Seasons but after a week I’ve resolved a heap of issues. I can now look towards the future positively. I got so much out the program, especially in such a short period of time.
My awareness is a lot better of what addiction is and how it affected us. I carried a lot of stuff within myself that has been resolved – guilt, fear, resentment. I don’t have that ball in my stomach. I feel like I got 20 years’ worth of healing in a week.
The staff were fantastic. They were so supportive, friendly and not at all judgemental. They are really good listeners. The program runs really well and the serenity of the surroundings help people relax and let go. There’s peace and quiet and time to reflect. The world would be a better place if everyone could do a week here!
Paul (husband), Family Week, April 2015
I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived but I felt so welcomed and safe and the staff really understood my needs. One of the best things about the program was the family counselling because I got to say things to my brother in a way I’ve never been able to before. I have been given a completely different way to approach to my relationship with him and we are much closer now.
Another highlight was being able to attend the daily groups with all the other residents and see their progress over the week. It was very inspirational. I also got a lot out of the outside speakers that came in and the Al-Anon meetings we were taken to. It’s something I can attend back home and I know it’s really going to help me maintain a good relationship with my brother now that he’s clean.
Paula (sister), Family Week February 2015
Just a short note to thank you and all your staff for taking over a damaged and emaciated young woman and returning to us the daughter that we used to have. Your dedication and concern for you patients is a credit to your organisation. We realise that her treatment is ongoing and that she still needs a lot of support, that we will (are) giving her. We picked her up from the airport at around 7.00am on Tuesday morning and she attended her first meeting at 12.00pm the same day, she is showing a lot of commitment to getting well. Her first real test came on the following Sunday when we has a gathering of all the family, a situation that she would normally avoid, but it was a great success, our other daughter said how nice it was to have her sister back again!! Since then she has got a job, a car (good ol’ Mum & Dad) and is settling back into society again, and is still attending her meetings. So, thanks again, in my opinion Seasons has performed a miracle.
Mother and Father 2015
I wanted to come to Seasons Bali for my internship because the program looked like a lifestyle that I wanted to live. I loved the holistic model. Every day here is different and I have learnt so much about having to adapt to what is going on. I’ve really enjoyed the responsibilities I have been given and I feel like I play a role within the team. It’s a real privilege to watch a client’s journey, the tools that Seasons gives the clients are about a whole lifestyle change not just about stopping using.
Jenna Burns, 24, Canada, Intern Program