Jon’s Story

Posted by The Medway Team

9th October 2018

Hi, my name is Jon and I have been successful in my recovery with the support and encouragement of Time to Change.

After several months of unwavering support, I am a different person; the guidance of Time to Change has been so valuable and I am really thankful to the team for helping me on my journey.

My Story:

I began using drugs at an early age. At first it seemed to block out my problems but after a few years the fun stopped and everything just got out of control. My drug abuse affected all areas of my life. These behaviours began to lead to mental health issues.

I unsuccessfully tried to stop using drugs and alcohol on many occasions. After many years of abuse I almost gave up and attempted to take my own life; luckily for me, some very nice paramedics sat with me for hours that night and made some suggestions. I was desperate at this point and agreed to try anything as I didn’t want to experience these feelings again. I went to my GP who gave me information about Time to Change  provided by Open Road.

I was scared and reluctant when I went to my first session, it was the first step in my journey to recovery. I left the first meeting still feeling nervous but also very relieved. After attending several sessions I started to accept my issues; the balance of one to one support and group sessions helped me to begin to feel comfortable and relaxed in discussing my past behaviour and addictions. I used several different services offered by Time to Change – Relaxation groups, Peer Mentor led group sessions (people who have been there, got the t-shirt, come out the other side and now support others on their journey), Budgeting and Housing Advice sessions and confidence building, all of which has helped me no end.


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’


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