Dr. David McCartney is asked what one word best describes the essence of recovery. ‘Hope,’ he replies. ‘Of course, you can’t prescribe hope, it doesn’t come in a bottle…’
James Deakin makes an interesting point derived from his observations at North Wales Recovery Communities: ‘The more intelligent you are, the more intellectual you are, the recovery process is harder, because they look at it and think the problem is so complex and it invades every single element of my life, therefore the answer must be as complex…’
Wendy Dossett considers herself recovering from addiction, rather than being recovered, as she is concerned that if she had a drink she may find herself in the same position she was in 18 years ago, just before she stopped drinking.
Huseyin Djemil describes someone on methadone who sat amongst a group of recovery people at the Towards Recovery Cafe in Henley-on-Thames and asked ‘How do I get what they’ve got.’ He later transformed his life. Huseyin talks about the impact of recovering people on others.
And another observation of James’s: ‘But at some point something just switches, there’s a change in your head where it goes from you being desperate not to use to it’s just being, “life’s far easier if I don’t drink and I don’t drug”.’