As we drag ourselves past the most indulgent period of the year, it seems to be a popular choice to start a fresh new chapter with a promise to be healthier. Dry January is something we now see taking over our Facebook feeds and Instagram pages. Absolve yourself of the Christmas excess by giving up alcohol for a month, and why not? But should we be using this national phenomenon to do more than just rid ourselves of the guilty conscience?
A trend that creates such widespread awareness lends itself to being the perfect reminder to people that, for some, alcohol dependence is engulfing and takes over everything. Your addiction becomes the most important thing in your life; you’ll cast aside friends and family to sustain it. At this time of year, addiction centres brace themselves for a surge of referrals. But detox and a 12 week course sometimes aren’t enough to allow for a successful recovery, relapse is so common that few people stay clean after the first attempt.
See Change offers an opportunity for those coming out of an addiction centre to be housed in an environment that will support their recovery. Our abstinence-based supported housing provides structure and routine, allowing our clients to rebuild their lives. We will encourage clients to maintain their recovery with 1-1 support, building independent living skills and offering access to employment services, training, education and volunteering. Our supported accommodation becomes a homely environment, with clients supporting each other through their individual recovery as well as staff, leading those who come through our service to strengthen relationship skills. After a typical stay of 18-24 months, clients are supported to leave and take up their own independent accommodation.
We work hard to help our clients improve their lives, so while you’re posting on your Twitter account how well your Dry January is going, why not share a link to our website too? Use this health-kick start to your year to help others by raising awareness of the work we do, year round, to help the vulnerable members of our community. If you want to do more than just raise awareness, get in touch with us to find out how you can take part in one of our events, or even organise your own challenge. Fundraising is essential to keeping our projects in Bristol and the surrounding areas going.
If you know someone who needs our support, or if you are currently in recovery and want to know more you can contact our Addiction Recovery service through the website.