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Gus's Review

It is now some weeks since I was in ESH. It isn’t easy but so much better than the chaos my life was in before.

If you’re reading this, you probably want to know what this place is like. I say with no pride this is not the first treatment centre I have been in. However, this treatment centre is different in many respects to the others I have been in. I have been dealing with alcoholism for many years and I think finally I may have found answers as to not just stopping but staying stopped.

I am taking time to write this review because if you, like me are searching for a place to start off an alcohol /drug free life then I hope this review helps to give you info. I have never written a review of this nature before and am doing so because what this place offers is good and I mean it.

If you’re looking for a place to go to just give your liver a rest, eat food prepared by a private chef, with a buffet breakfast every day, lie in a Jacuzzi and have daily massages then I would suggest looking elsewhere.

However, if you are looking for a real answer/solution to getting off and staying away from alcohol/drugs then I would seriously give this place consideration.

ESH does not come with all the bells and whistles that you might find in expensive/moneymaking centres. Whilst these outfits are often well-meaning, is quite clear that they have an obvious agenda to make money. I like many I’m sure don’t want to throw money down the drain. The overriding factor and long-term goal was and is to stop and stay stopped and do life differently. In truth by the time I got to ESH my finances were in serious difficulties and life empty -I was finished.

Whilst it may not have its own health spa ESH has all the basic elements to a good 12 step treatment centre- groups, therapy, counselling, outings to the gym/good healthy home cooked food , acupuncture and relaxation and pretty much everything you would find in the ‘expensive’ centres I mention above. It has everything you need to start the journey.

Where it differs from other treatment centres, I have been in is the care you get. It is a small outfit and you feel part of a ‘community’. The people who run it Paul and Sue and in fact all the staff are really approachable, helpful and you see they genuinely care. They give you time unlike some I have been in Wiltshire, Scotland and mid- England which were large and felt sometimes like expensive 12 step boot camps.

Whilst I was there ESH took a number of ex-residents to meetings. Some ex residents joined us for a walk or popped in. You would never get that sort of ‘personalised’ atmosphere in some other establishments. It was confirmation that you get what is on the label i.e real examples of people being well and giving back.

I found real respect given to us and we in turn were treated like adults. Of course, there are basic rules- the difference was the way they were imposed and they took a lot of time explain not just what they were but why they were. You are not just given a booklet of dos and donts and told what to do. There was no unpleasant confrontation when I was there. No self-styled police out to challenge you for not washing a cup- you are treated, as I have said like an adult and there is healthy expectation for you to be one.

Finally- really important - aftercare. Not just sitting in a group and giving an update. They go the extra mile. There is a meeting once a week at the centre, but it is what I would call unseen aftercare that strikes me. A few days ago I was in a bad place and couldn't get through on the phone to anyone. I called ESH and Paul spent a long time helping me on the phone. Another example- I don't drive (no prizes for guessing why)and was at a meeting at Warwick. Tired, exhausted after just starting work they went out of their way to drop me at the station. It meant a lot. After care really does mean CARE for them.

So how do they compare-well the other places - ESH 5* it is reasonably priced (not for profit) you get what you need- they care about getting you well and helping you stay that way.

Thank you

Gus

Conor's Review

A broken beaten and defeated child I was when I entered ESH.

I left ready to try and be a man.

I try to be that man every day and now that Im 8 months sober, my life is better in ways that I could never have imagined.

This is a small focused and personalised tailored recovery led by those who know what its like !

If you want a glorified hotel to get clean in , don't go here. If you want to really really make a change and make some meaningful change in your life , this is a place that can help you do it.

For what you get the its ridiculously good value for money, but no price can be paid on what I gained and learned at ESH.

Ill be forever grateful to everyone who works there and to the other chaps I met there.

For me it was a turning point and now 8 months later my life is still moving in the right direction.

Thankyou to everyone

Conor

 

Jim's Review

This is a fantastic place. The staff are kind and caring, and their wealth of personal experience in recovery makes them both relatable and extremely effective.

The programme is varied, engaging and never tedious.

Going to ESH has achieved the impossible for me.

It was very literally the best thing I've ever done: I now know how to be a part of life.

Jim

Graham's Review

“ESH saved my life. I was a broken man on the verge of losing everything; my life, my health, my family, my career. - I had no way out and I didn’t know where to go for help”

I knew I had a drink problem but I didn’t understand that I was an alcoholic. I now know that I was a functioning alcoholic who maintained good job and a normal life on a day-to-day basis. Towards the end of my drinking, however, my physical and well mental well-being went downhill very rapidly.

I was convinced by my loving wife and family to go to for help. I was in no way fit to make a rational decisions for myself. A visit to ESH allow me meet Paul and Sue and make the decision to become a resident. The visit helped me to understand the set-up and surroundings. When the actual time to start my residency came I was filled with trepidation and fear however the feelings of safety, warmth and caring soon took over within minutes of arrival.

The team at ESH were all recovering alcoholics, who had many years sobriety, and hence had been through the journey. They had the strength, knowledge and first-hand experience to be able to understand my predicament and knew how to delicately kick start my recovery journey. I couldn’t have done it on my own. The whole team put their heart and soul into my individual recovery as they did all residents. They found a perfect balance between therapy, 1-2-1 time and recreation activities to make every day complete and beneficial.

The initial detox was one of my largest fears prior to arrival. I had attempted an un-mediated home self-detox once. The memories of this were creating my fears. The ESH detox, for me, was the opposite of this experience. The days of the chemical detox are a bit of a blur but the sense of personal relief and the camaraderie of the team and the other residents was immense.

In my mind I wanted the “express treatment” with a “life reset button”, not the 28 days recommended residency. Now that my clouded vision has been lifted I have realised that anything less than the 28 days may have eliminated the physical dependence to alcohol but the true mental and spiritual healing would not have begun. The ESH recovery programme started to build the foundations of the 12 Step programme and the AA way of life for me. I have an inner calmness now and have removed the feelings on which I drank. Crucially, I have acceptance and have been equipped with the tools to deal with life on life’s terms.

The days at ESH were nicely structured by caring individuals. The group therapy sessions and CBT were fantastic. They allowed us to share experiences, gain a better understanding of our illness and fundamentally make us realise that we’re not alone. The sessions enabled me to slowly but surely gain an understanding of the 12 step programme & the AA family, both of which are now a daily part of my life. I have now come to realise attending AA meeting whilst at ESH is fundamental to my recovery. The 1-2-1s were crucial personal sessions tailored to our own needs, questions and concerns. They help me to think about things in alternative ways,again excellent foundations for life now. Giving the brain a rest - the walks, time at the gym and general leisure time was crucial in generating a complete recovery experience.

I’m so so fortunate. Today I have been given the opportunity to rebuild my life. I still have my health, wife, family, friends & career. I’m back enjoying playing sports, having family time and generally loving life. I no longer live isolated in my own mind and at the mercy of alcohol. I do not, however, take any day of recovery for granted. My mind must remain focused but now in a state of serenity.

ESH has given me a second chance at life and for that I’m truly indebted. All the ESH staff place their heart & soul into their residents recovery and wellbeing. A true life changer.

Graham

Tom's Thanks

My time at ESH has been life-changing.

I only pray that I have the strength to put into practice everything I have learnt here.

If I can do that then the experience won't have been just life-changing but literally life-saving.

Thank you for everything.

Tom

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