This was the first time I had ever been to a recovery walk, and what better place to have it than Brighton?
A small army from The Basement Recovery Project, including; myself, Michelle, Danielle, Lee, Colin, Edmund, Paul, Clare and Lorraine went down on the train with Michelle leading the way as we would for sure have got lost if not.
We arrived down in Brighton on the Friday afternoon, where we stayed in a lovely hotel on the beach front near Brighton pier.
When we got to the hotel we all dumped our bags and me and the guys set off on a short walk to explore the town and of course the girls went on to explore the shops – well what else would you expect?
We met back at the hotel at around 6:30pm and had some dinner. Michelle had luckily looked up where a nearby NA meeting was taking place, although it didn’t seem that nearby trying to find where it was.
We did manage to find it though, and it was a great meeting and good to meet some other people in the fellowship.
Saturday, the day of the walk, was excellent. The sun was shining, everyone was buzzing and a spectacular view of Brighton front was to be had. The walk got underway around lunchtime and went along Brighton front and up to People’s Park. The mood around the walk was amazing, what better way than taking a walk on a lovely warm day in Brighton with a group of addicts enjoying life free from their addiction?
On arriving at People’s Park there was all sorts of stalls, music and a live band which was excellent.
Unfortunately we had to leave late afternoon to catch our train, which we did and got home safely.
To sum things up, this was one of the best experiences I have had in my life and to see the addicts that have come through the other side is brilliant.
The Brighton Recovery Walk 2012 did Recovery proud!
Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue 4