The importance of routine and community in recovery
We first met Randolph a year into his recovery. Having followed his doctor’s advice, he had already begun to manage his debt and improve his health and well-being with the help of a number of local addictions services.
“I never felt that I could break the cycle of my behaviours towards my family and friends, not counting the community my using held hostage. Help was out there for me to do something about my using; all I needed to do was to reach out and ask for help to find some way back to a normal life.”
Randolph has found a daily structure and recovery community here at SCT things that our residents and students often tell us are the backbone in the later stage of recovery and really help to prevent relapse.
Over the past nine months, June, our fantastic IT tutor, has been supporting Randolph as he gets to grips with using computers and the internet. This has really helped Randolph to gain confidence with using technology, particularly when accessing online support.
He’s also a regular at Choices, our Friday night social events for people in recovery. These get-togethers provide a safe, fun and substance-free space for people who wish to remain abstinent.
We know that the peer support developed at Choices is of vital importance to ensuring the long term recovery of people like Randolph who regularly tell us how significant these services are to them:
“SCT has become a big part of my daily routine and the support I receive from staff has been paramount to the changes in my behaviour in the last fifteen months of my recovery.”
“Fridays are quite a special time for me.“ he says. “SCT has become a big part of my daily routine and the support I receive from staff has been paramount to the changes in my behaviour in the last fifteen months of my recovery.”
Thanks to Randolph for sharing his story and to June for the photograph.
Did you know that, according to calculations by the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University, SCT’s Recovery Community returns a social value of £5.19 for every £1 of cost?”