“We spent two wonderful days just outside Settle at Hortons Women’s Retreat in the first weekend in June. To be honest, the thought of 15 of us all together came with a slight nervousness as to how we would last an entire weekend. Not everyone knew each other from across the TBRP hubs so it was a great way to connect and do some bonding, especially as we were sleeping in bunk beds, cooking, and generally supporting one another.”
I’m really grateful that I was given the opportunity to be part of a wonderful and educational weekend – attending a mutual aid convention in London. It was great to be around like-minded people – many living their clean journey and others wanting and working towards that.
We had quite an amusing journey to London. I think we might have been the loudest people on the train. We were laughing, joking and playing cards all the way there. Someone joked that we were probably ‘the cleanest’ on the train as well! Just goes to show that you don’t need a substance to have fun!
My first experience of asking for help was to visit my doctor in Bradford. All she wanted to do was quiz me about the fact I stunk of booze and had driven there. I left feeling threatened, rejected and misunderstood. I remember her saying, “As a doctor I have a duty of care to my community…” and the implied words “I should therefore shop you to the police the minute you leave the surgery”. I left and drank for another three years, in which time I lost my job, my marriage, my home and all self-respect – I just wanted to die.
After years of drug and alcohol abuse running concurrently with a life of children and chores, Vikki finally sought help when a psychedelic drug left her mind in a cognitive quandary.
In March last year, the mother-of-three tried the hallucinogenic drug 2CB for the first time. She was left feeling paranoid – hearing voices in her head.
“For a long time, the world did not seem real; it was more like a Sims computer game”
Vikki started smoking weed when she was 13. From there it led to other drugs – Mkat, cocaine and ecstasy at the weekends.
NHS Calderdale CCG invests in TBRP to help improve Recovery from Addiction across Calderdale
As part of its healthcare planning in 2013/14, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has invested £2m of one-off grants in local schemes, to help improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Calderdale. Two of these schemes; Mutual Aid Facilitation and Community Detoxification Support, will be run by The Basement Recovery Project.