Christmas Impressions from the Residents in Ozd

For the past 5 years I was wandering on the streets, losing my family because my addiction was very painful and during each Christmas season this took its toll on me. I didn’t see any solution other than drinking, I was trying to escape from myself and others. I had only one desire, to make it all go away as fast as possible, to forget and get drunk, I didn’t want to face the fact of being alone and be confronted with my losses. With a few friends all we did was drink and waste time. Here at Ozd I was able to experience the real joy of Christmas once again, it was great to sing carols, be with people, to receive and give gifts. I felt like being human once again. (Gyuri)

I can’t remember the last time I was sober during Christmas, I didn’t know what to expect from celebrating together with others. I was very impatient, I wondered what was going to happen, how I would feel without having anything to drink. It was an amazing experience, celebrating with the group, I didn’t receive so much love in all my life. (Mihály)

Last year I was alone, the year before that I was at Ozd. I just couldn’t stand being alone, I relapsed, so it was good again to be together with the group. I don’t want to continue my old life, that’s why I came back, I need the help and support of others otherwise I give up fighting very easily. I felt like I belong here, this is the place I have to be, I relived my childhood joy of Christmas. You are my family. (Zsolt)

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