More about Drugs

Why else does an individual use drugs when all evidence shows that it is causing them great harm? One of the reasons is that life without drugs, in the absence of a recovery programme, can be extremely painful – the addict feels compelled to use, despite the problems it is causing in their life. Their thinking can be so distorted that they believe that drugs are providing them with some relief from life’s difficulties – it is life that is the problem for them, not drugs. Deep down, however, most addicts know that the drugs are destroying them and making life even harder to deal with. It’s a vicious circle.

The thought of stopping using drugs can be terrifying to people who depend on them. People ask us: “what will I do if I can’t take drugs?” At The Basement Recovery Project, we help people to manage their fears by introducing them to our recovery programme, which provides a genuine alternative to using mood-altering or “replacement” drugs. Addicts can be extremely sensitive people – it is this emotional sensitivity which needs to be managed in order to maintain abstinence from drugs in the medium to long term.

One of the most powerful factors about coming into treatment for addiction is that you are not alone anymore. Many addicts try to hide their illness from families, friends and colleagues for years, fearing what will happen if people find out. This can lead to emotional and sometimes physical isolation from people, which is soul-destroying.

Through recovery, facets of addiction can actually be turned to the individual’s advantage. Addicts can be incredibly resourceful people, if these skills are turned to better use, then they can achieve great things. The connection between creativity and addiction is well-documented – there are many painters, writers, musicians and actors who have been affected by addiction. The recovery programme helps people on a daily basis to assess the healthy and unhealthy ways they are using their energy – enabling them to identify positive and negative behaviour patterns. Addicts who have long term recovery often describe how recovery just gets better and better, as deeper realisations are made about themselves and about how to live their life.

Ambitions are realised in recovery. Relationships are restored and new friendships are built. Life does not seem so frightening anymore.