Eduardo’s Journey

Posted by The Medway Team

16th October 2018

I have been fighting addiction for many years which has brought a lot of pain into my life. It was hard to stop using drugs and alcohol but I’ve finally found the strength and willingness.  I don’t have to use any substance to hide anymore. Now I have choices, I am not a slave of my own pain anymore and I choose to live in sobriety because I like it. I have confidence in my ability to cope.

I decided to look for help and a bit of guidance; I found Medway Time to Change at Open Road. I started coming to the support groups and they soon became the platform for me to start rebuilding my life and my confidence. Attending the meetings every morning gave me structure – a reason to get out of bed and to look forward each day.

I have been to prison and I spent nearly a year in an Immigration Detention Centre. I have been going back and forth to court appealing an Asylum Claim so that I can stay in this country because I have serious concerns about my welfare if I am sent back to my country of origin.

When I was released from the Detention Centre, I was broken. My head was all over the place and I was in a emotional mess. Everything was too overwhelming, I was lost and didn’t know where to start. I was very ashamed of myself, of my addiction, of being in prison. I had no confidence, no love for myself. I was just blocking my emotions; it became like a pressure cooker, ready to explode.

I’ve been in recovery for 2 years and 8 months now. I’ve been working very hard on reorganising my life with the support of the 12 Step Programme alongside Medway Time to Change. I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself and I have been growing a lot; I have learnt that there is a lot more about me rather than just being an addict. I have found all this goodness in me and I feel love for myself.

I’ve been pushing myself out of my comfort zone in every sense. I do voluntary work for a charity 20 hours a week. I am involved with some of the training programmes provided by Time to Change and I am more confident with socialising and connecting with people.

Certainly I had to face a few challenges but that has earned me a lot of respect for myself because I know that at the other end I am going to feel like a stronger person. Fear was a feeling that had controlled my entire life. Now courage has become my biggest asset because I am prepared to face whatever is to come. All of that fear of the unknown is gone as I know that whatever happens tomorrow I’ll be able to deal with it. All those little anxieties that use to take the best of me are now under control.

 

Why we do what we do...

Time to Change is a new service in Medway with an emphasis on wellbeing and aftercare for people who have chosen to change their lifestyle and move forward. Our mission reflects that of our parent organisation, Open Road; we exist solely to empower individuals, families and communities to lead healthy, more meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage.

You are opening me up to a life time of support – I have hope

Michael – Client of the service

Today is another day to make yourself your proud’

Anon

Being part of this service makes me realise that there are better things ahead for me.

Carol – Client of the service

Remember you are the most important person in your recovery

Joni, Clinical Director of Open Road
Medway Time to Change
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