I came to YSAS because it was a gay and lesbian friendly week. It's the only facility in Australia that offers that and my troubles lied within the gay community and using drugs so I thought I could definitely benefit from that. Through being a part of the gay and lesbian program at YSAS, I got involved with a theatre group that was gay and lesbian friendly and It showed me avenues of the gay community that isn’t drug and alcohol related. It got me speaking to others in the community, others who are dealing with the same problems at the same age and I felt more relaxed and left feeling more accepted within myself. Even though I didn’t come into YSAS hating being gay I just left feeling more at ease with it.
I was nervous on the first day and didn’t leave my room mainly because I was scattered from the bender I had been on but I can’t praise the staff enough. They are not so much workers, they become your friends pretty much.
The best part of the program was the last day. They let you know your body is fully clean and gives you a physical identification that you have detoxed and clean throughout your whole body. It really boosts up how you feel. The most difficult was leaving YSAS. I felt like I was ready but opening up into the big wide world is scary. They give you ongoing help after you leave here , you are not just left on your own , you are given that helping hand, guiding forces to push you further. They put me into study which they paid for and booked me into. I'm stoked.