20th April 2020

Anonymous client’s treatment journey, day 20

We’re sharing the 7th instalment of a series of blogs which follows the significant event form thoughts of one anonymous client. It allows us to give you a raw insight into emotions and feelings that can be experienced as someone progresses through therapeutic treatment here.

 

Significant Event thoughts on day 20 at Broadway Lodge

 

The most significant event of today was: “My mental state easing even a little bit.  I for the first time I felt staff in their own ways were all doing it to help save me. Not money, or vanity etc. I still struggle with certain peers but that’s my issue, my confidence, self-doubt etc. Went for a walk with counsellors Andy and Abbie and I’m glad they were with me.  It’s strange seeing and feeling for a long time. I began to talk and actually never shut up. Took my mind off things even for a little bit.”

 Why was it important to me? “Simple – I’m still here. I’m genuinely grateful today. That’s honest. That’s the truth. Anxious about tonight but thankful to medical for trying everything but medication as medicating is why I’m here and behaviour. Though that may change tonight. So genuinely, thank you all!”

 

Summary

Another piece of great reflection and gratitude from this client. Often in addiction treatment centres (and in life), you hear this common phrase, “they should be grateful”. Nobody ‘should’, ‘must’ or ‘ought’ to be grateful for something that they are not, or told, to be grateful for. However, it’s clear that this person was grateful to have everything but medication by the medical team on this day. It’s good to see this turnaround.