Failure is an Opportunity!

 Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently (Henry Ford).

Have you ever tried and failed? It doesn’t matter. Try again and again and again. The great actor Mickey Rooney said, “You always pass failure on your way to success”. The human spirit is more resilient than we realise, and the only real failure is when you decide not to get up again. Many women enter our program after years of addiction, suffering from eating disorders, self-harm or other mental-health diagnoses. Without exception, all have suffered attachment traumas in childhood. For some, we are their first attempt at turning their lives around. For others, we are the 2nd, 3rd or even 15th attempt at residential treatment. In my own journey to beating heroin addiction, I tried many times to stop using drugs. For eleven years I would have brief weeks or months of sobriety. At one point, even 15 months! However, I never really dealt with the core issues from childhood that crippled my wrong core beliefs into adulthood. Twenty-five years ago, I finally accepted I could never use drugs again. That’s history. It takes a lot of courage to enter a program asking for help. It takes so much more courage to stay and complete a program. Even more courage to reach out for help in years to come if you relapse or find yourself struggling again. Failing is only ever failure when you give up!

Janine Epere

CEO Destiny Haven

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