We all know about the power of language and I’m often ranting about how we misuse language in relation to addiction, recovery and abstinence.  Sustaining recovery from drug and/or alcohol use isn’t new, but the words now seem to be EVERYWHERE – the new black?

We’ve been delivering abstinent based services for addictions for 30yrs in Weston super Mare Bristol –don’t miss our party in September – and evolving practice to meet the needs of our clients throughout this time.  In recent years we’ve seen a real change to the client group, they’re far more chaotic, suffer with more enduring and severe mental and physical health problems and have less social and life skills – an issue we find ourselves having to address.

To this end we’ve restructured our recovery programme to include more educational elements, included Money Management, Literacy, gender groups and Health and Wellbeing into the weekly timetable.  We’ve partnered with Lighthouse to enable us to have better access to appropriate voluntary work options including running the Lighthouse café on Weston seafront and assisting with Kings Table, preparing and serving a weekly meal to disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community.

We’ve discovered that these additions have had a profound effect on our retention rates and clients present as more engaged.

The first UK Recovery Festival is being held next week 12-13 March at QEII Conference Centre, London.  Promoting recovery in the community, celebrating Recovery and enabling a discussion regarding stigma and discrimination; Western Counselling will be attending with the Lighthouse café, demonstrating the benefits of employing those in recovery.

Attending Aftercare is intrinsic in early recovery to maintaining the progress made in treatment.  Western Counselling enables anyone who has undertaken the recovery programme to attend weekly, free of charge, for as long as they require.

When Aftercare is attended and we’ve resettled individuals into quality local supported accommodation, long term outcomes are greatly improved and families and carers can be reassured that support is available through a range of sources including the Anonymous Fellowship (NA, AA, CA, CoDA, OA, GA) and SMART.

I guess my point is that help is available throughout the journey to, and throughout recovery.   Individuals, their families and friends, employers and the community at large need not be concerned that once the intense programme of care and support has finished that there’s no more support.  Contact us, we’re to help and if we can’t we’ll know a man/service etc that I’m sure can.