I just wanted to let you know that I have posted three Story posts today, all of which focus on my Recovery Voices colleague Wulf Livingston. These posts follow on in the vein of our 15 earlier posts, in this moving from Wulf’s early drug and alcohol use, through to his early and ‘middle’ days working in the field. The posts contain four films of my interviews with Wulf, totalling 27 minutes.
Drugs were very much part of him being into a heavy metal and rock music scene. He used a variety of different drugs and an inordinate amount of alcohol. Eventually, ‘other things just kick in and calm that down’. Wulf got married, became a parent, and moved house.
Wulf learnt a great deal whilst working at the Lifeline Project in the early stage of his career in the field, and thought very highly of Ian Wardle, the CEO of Lifeline for 24 years. He was fortunate enough to meet Ian in 2008 in Manchester, along with a number of local recovery advocates.
Whilst working in the Probation Service, Wulf organised monthly two-hour meetings in Wales, in what he called ‘an agenda-less space’, in which 10-15 people came together to discuss all things recovery. Every four or five months, he organised similar but larger (50-100 people) meetings, where as many as 70% of the participants had ‘lived experience’ of addiction.
Tomorrow, you can read a blog post from Wulf Livingston about a service of hope and remembrance held by North Wales Recovery Communities (NWRC) in Saint Deiniol’s Cathedral, Bangor, last week.