I first came to TBRP @ The Corner 12 months ago with more than my fare share of issues; I was drinking too much, I had problems with my kidneys, under active thyroid, high blood pressure, chronic back pain, depression and to top it all I was feeling really alone and lost.
I walked into the building and was greeted with a warm welcome and a smile, not had a smile from anyone for a long while, and that made me feel at ease. After speaking to a member of staff, it became apparent that they knew what I was feeling and how to help.
I was assigned a key worker who worked with me to look at recovery and helped me to gain confidence to start on the Pre-Recovery Course. The course gave me the tools to come to a decision in becoming abstinent. I then went on to start with the Abstinent Group, which was hard at first, however after 26 weeks, I felt good about myself but my body felt knackered. My key worker suggested making use of the Gym Passes, made available from Kirklees Council, which would give me access to loads of gyms throughout the Kirklees district, including swimming pools and sports centres.
I started going to the gym 2-3 times a week, I was surprised how regular exercise could benefit both my physical and mental health. It helped me build up my self-esteem and confidence. I don’t feel depressed anymore, my blood pressure has stabilized, my back is getting stronger, and I’m able to manage my weight. I feel a lot more energetic, motivated and confident with myself, I am now swimming every morning as well as going to the gym 4-5 times a week, my health is improving and I feel a lot happier, I now choose exercise as a life choice and not alcohol. Believe me 12 months ago I would never have imagined a time when I would not be drinking never mind becoming abstinent.
It’s with thanks to my Key Worker and the support offered from The Basement Recovery Project that I have progressed to this stage, I have the tools in place to stay abstinent, have the support network to keep me abstinent and will keep plugging into the support services available to keep me grounded. I’m not stopping at that though and will look to undertake some volunteering and training in the hope of helping others who may find themselves in a similar situation as I was.
Article featured in RecoveryTimes issue 8