My name is Tim and first and foremost I’m a recovering alcoholic. I went into my last detox on the 2nd May 2012 and came out on the 16th May 2012 and for me, this was my last chance because after six previous attempts nothing had changed. I “white knuckled” it for six months before a great friend of mine Clare, now sadly passed away, suggested that I might have untreated alcoholism and to go to The Basement Project for help and advice which I did. After going through the programme; pre-recovery then abstinence, things started to make sense and slowly I could feel my life getting back on track. The TBRP staff asked me to go round the programmes again, this time as a volunteer to aid people who may require help, which I gladly did.
I was then asked if I would consider the role of volunteer coordinator along with Stan which again, I did. I completely engulfed myself in recovery and The Basement Project for numerous months. I went out on presentation trips with other volunteers, spreading the word of recovery and TBRP.
Then, to my surprise, a position of full-time work came up to which I applied without hesitation, and with fantastic support from all staff, volunteers and friends I got the post and I am very proud to be – Community Detox Support Worker. I’ll be working for TBRP at the new detox house in Elland.
The transition from volunteer coordinator to a paid member of staff in the space of fourteen months or so has been an amazing experience. I’m doing something now which I feel I was destined to do … helping people in recovery. I remember being told in the fellowship meetings that when you’ve got it, you’ve got to give it away in order to keep it. I didn’t really know what that meant at the time – but I do now.
I feel very proud but also humble and grateful to TBRP for giving me this chance, the saying goes; “you can have a life beyond your wildest dreams when in recovery” and believe me that’s true. Like I said at the beginning, the first and foremost is that I’m a recovering alcoholic in recovery and without that I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in now, so if anybody’s in any doubt about living life without alcohol/drugs, it achievable with a little bit of discomfort and sometimes hard work – it’s whether you want it hard enough…
Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue 7