September was the 26th International National Recovery Month where we as individuals who have reclaimed our lives can really promote and celebrate the virtues of what being in recovery actually means. We do this not just with each other but by offering ourselves as living proof of recovery, a visible presence of hope to those that still suffer whilst challenging stereotypes, judgements and myths about addiction.
On a (surprisingly) sunny Sunday near the end of September them fearless Basement chaps set off for the annual Recovery Walk which was to be held that year in the tropical climes of Birmingham and which promised the usual blend of fun, insanity and flawless organisation.
This last element (organisational perfection) was proven to be evident very early on as not one but two coaches arrived to whisk the ebullient assembly with all speed and luxury off to the Midlands. However, this excess of transport did little to dampen spirits or call forth omens of disastrous futures and everyone piled on to the selected coach full of hope, optimism and quite a lot of tea.
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.
Back in September I was asked by Michelle of The Basement Project if I would like to go to the UKRF Recovery Walk in Cardiff. I said yes and this was a decision I will always remember.
Eight of us set off on the long journey south by train, destination – Cardiff. We came from various services, Basement Project, Conn3ct, Contour and Project Colt united under one banner “Calderdale In Recovery” and as one team of people in recovery led by Neil who brilliantly organised all the travel and accommodation. All costs were met by Calderdale’s commissioning team, much appreciated, thank you.