I attended Villa Paradiso in January 2019, after I hit rock bottom again. I always had an alcohol problem or you may say I was always an alcoholic. Alcohol and I were problems, chaos drama accidents unmanageable and powerless. For two years I tried to fight it alone by ‘Trying’ to drink less. This can never happen I tried so many times to be stronger but somehow there was always chaos. Until in January after festivities birthdays I decided to have a glass of wine that ended up disappearing for two days. Within two days I was on my way to Spain no thoughts just action. The welcome I had when I arrived was incredible, I already felt at home. Staff, there are just incredible they are honest genuine and straight to the point. No hidden agenda. One to one therapy with Matt every day for one hour. I always knew I had low self-esteem but Matt wanted me to work on this straight away. I spent six weeks at Villa Paradiso and throughout these weeks I worked on my character and defects that always made me drink. I always thought that I never had a major problem with Alcohol since I didn’t drink every day but the truth is that you can’t be half pregnant. You either are an alcoholic or you are not. I learnt here to appreciate life and be grateful for the little things. Went to the 12 steps with Matt ( where I apply them in my life on a day to day basis) I am five months sober, grateful, confident and most of all Happy. We attended AA /NA meetings twice a week. I am grateful to Villa Paradiso since this is where I planted the seed of this positive life I am living. It’s just for today and as Esther use to always tell me and always ‘Keep It Simple’. Thank you to the team of Villa Paradiso – and all the friends I made during my time there.
For many years, I had experienced strong panic attacks that caused me a great deal of anxiety and sleeping problems. I tried many times to find help to resolve these problems but did not succeed in getting the help that I needed.
Finally, I found Villa Paradiso and the fantastic staff there who helped to change my life for better. I spent five weeks at the Villa Paradiso which is situated in Mijas with amazing sea and mountain views.
The recovery program was very good. I received a great deal of personal attention and support. Especially, I valued my private conversations with therapists. I discovered the source of my traumas from my childhood and learnt how to heal myself. After my time at Villa Paradiso, my life has become much more enjoyable and relaxed. I am deeply grateful that I no longer have self-destructive thoughts and problems with alcohol and sleeping pills that were related to these thoughts.
I strongly recommend Villa Paradiso to anyone with similar kind of problems like I had, as a place to change your life around.
UK Gentleman – September 2018 28 day Program . Substance Misuse
The Villa Paradiso save my life. The staff make you feel so welcome and are very understanding. The programme is very special and the staff are highly trained and professional. If you need treatment and want to find your true self no question go to Villa Paradiso. Thank you for saving my life.
I was a professional golfer pushed into the spot light from my parents, I became a successful athlete thinking I knew all the answers in life. However, what learnt early in Villa Paradiso was the very opposite.
I believed my puberty years were somewhat a normal child upbringing but found the contradictory ~ my puberty years were actually the beginning of my reasoning for becoming an addict along with some messed up conflict around my sexuality. Anyway, roll on for another ten years getting married, becoming a father, always moving around to avoid and running away from my feelings it all came to a head in the summer of 2018 when I would find myself in a dark hotel room, wanting to end this life of complete confusion. The very next day, I met up with Matt Idle. (Director of Therapy) From that day forward, my confused melted brain started to reboot.
Villa Paradiso makes a welcoming environment for any persons that feel lonely, vulnerable or just feels they need serious help. My time here was incredible fun, hard at times along with some of the best friends I have ever made. I truly support there method of discovery which leads you into your own recovery for when you meet the world again. I am writing this after 3 weeks out of rehab and I can say with full commitment that I would never use again but more importantly, I can see a fulfilling future that awaits. I sit today content with my life, the choices I can make for me and these changes have made a massive impact to the people and family I damaged when I was a using addict.
Thank you to all the family at villa Paradiso , and before I forget the food is great, the rooms are wonderful and you even get to watch the odd movie. A fantastic place I miss you guys!
I am a husband and father of two ,age 51 from MALTA
My life was in chaos and unmanageable because of my addiction I felt that I needed help so I chose to contact Villa Paradiso in SPAIN. They told me that the process is 28 days.
My first reaction was “is this enough?”. But when I was there I started doing 5 to 7 hours therapy a day which was hard and intense, but now I understand how important it was.
I started looking for help for my long-term cocaine use problem after realising i couldn’t just stop stop using on my own. I had been using for around 18/19years with the last 5 years or so being what I think anyone would describe as heavy use.
I was not sure what I was Looking for but as | Live in the Marbella area I wanted somewhere in Spain that I could go for treatment 24/7 for a bit as hourly sessions occasionally (like a dentist appointment) just don’t work.
I emailed four places initially to find out availability and costs etc. Three emailed me back a PDF with costs and ways to pay. two within in an hour, one within 4 hours. Villa Paradisio was not one of the three that emailed me back.
Instead Charlotte called me on the phone. My initial response was not to answer but let it ring. Then I realised that maybe that meant I was not tackling my problem. I asked her to call back on txt. She did and I am VERY glad she did.
She asked me what was wrong and what could she do to help me, she didn’t talk to me about costs and she didn’t try and force anything on me, she listened and instantly I knew this was where I needed to go. 1 Day later I checked in and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The villa, the setting and all the staff made me feel at ease and not embarrassed to be there.
Over my time there the treatment I received from Charlotte has allowed me to leave there and not only not use Cocaine again but I can genuinely say I don’t want to anymore. I was not sure what to expect from this experience as I have never done it and hopefully thanks to everyone there I will never have to in the future. It is not an exaggeration to say Charlotte saved my Marriage and I will be forever grateful. I didn’t think ‘therapy’ would be for me and I am not the type to talk about my feelings or problems. I wanted to get better though and thanks to the way the sessions were with Charlotte I made great progress and got to the bottom of a lot of things.
Chris the Operations Director is one of there most genuine and stand up guys I have met in years and I was frankly taken aback but the way he looked after me and how much he genuinely cares about helping people. This is not some throwaway glib comment about nice staff, too be clear I mean the rare thing of someone who has actually decided to try and help other people and gives his focus and time on helping you what ever it takes.
I couldn’t not mention my friend Ricardo who took take me walking in the Hills and on the beach. The man makes a mean Brazilian barbecue and is one of the nicest guys I have ever met.
In conclusion if your reading this and think you need help then you do. If you are not sure were to go then I wasn’t either but trust me this is the place if you want to change your life.
Over a month now since I left and life is good. I don’t want to use and I don’t think I ever will again. THAT is down to my time here. Simple as that. Good Luck.
What started out as casual drinking and cocaine use at weekends gradually increased and escalated into everyday use. I dealt with the come downs from using crack cocaine by smoking heroin. This unfortunately turned into a habit! I initially tried to seek help in but no help was available other than a substitution programme of daily methadone and sleeping pills, which only made me worse and more dependant. I couldn’t find a way out, this continued for 9 years.
I was also trying to deal with the loss of a family member, which was making my addiction worse than ever. At this point I was using heroin, methadone, smoking crack and taking Benzo’s daily to numb the pain – I was existing rather than living. As a result of this I ended up in hospital due to my drug use and nearly died. However, this did not stop me from using. I felt so desperate and helpless.
With the help of family, who supported me in getting the help I needed at Villa Paradiso rehab, I am now completely drug free for the first time in 20 years. This is due to the support and therapy that I have received here. The setting is very conducive to healing and I know I have my life back again. I feel this place is “home from home”. The food has been amazing. This has been the first time in years of eating healthy and appreciating food again. I can’t remember the last time I felt so physically and emotionally well.
I cannot stress enough that it’s never too late to take control of your life again and if I can do it so can you. This is the real deal!