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Hi, my names Vincent and I’m an addict.
I’ve spent the majority of my life in the grip of addiction. I started drinking at an early age and it didn’t take me long to start taking drugs. I used drink and drugs as a form of escapism. I would lie, cheat and steal to feed my habits.
I ruined all my relationships, whether it be family.friends.girlfriends or people who I worked with. I have an ex-wife due to my past behaviour who I had two children with.
I was addicted to drink and drugs for forty years and my life had become unmanageable. I kept telling myself I could stop when I wanted but I knew deep down I couldn’t!
In October of 2019 in what can only be called a moment of clarity I realised I needed help as I was killing myself.
This is the moment my life began to change for the better though I didn’t realise it at the time. I went to see a counsellor and he told me all about Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa. I was desperate for help and willing to do anything to get my life back.
Within a week I was at the gates of Twin Rivers in beautiful Plettenberg Bay. I was so nervous thinking: What am I doing, what’s going to happen to me?
It didn’t take me long to realise that this was the right place for me. I was with other addicts all trying to escape from the depths of addiction and improve their lives.
David, Richard and the team understood me, helped and guided me. We were all equals in there. In my time in Twin Rivers I came to understand what addiction is and more importantly how to deal with it. I worked hard and did the things that were suggested to me including a step four and five. I got to understand why I did the things I did and soon realised that I could actually change. Pretty soon I could look at the person in the mirror staring back at me, amazing!
I was going to NA and AA meetings and listening to other people and their stories. They were and remain inspirational.
I came home in February 2020 a new man, a better man, a happy man and a contented man.
I’ve got my relationships with family, children, girlfriend etc back on track. I was seeing a counsellor once a week, learning how to play golf with my dad, going to the gym and attending a meeting every night. Life was good.
I’m writing this sat in isolation at home due to the Coronavirus. But do you know what? I can cope with it. What I’ve learned is acceptance. I can’t change what’s happening but by staying calm and level headed I will get through it one day at a time! I have no desire to drink or take drugs. Why would I want to go back to the person I was? The person I couldn’t bare to look at in the mirror.
This virus is challenging for everyone not just recovering addicts. But by doing as we are told and following the advice we can beat both the virus and our addictions.
I really hope this small glimpse into my life has been of some help to you. You can do it. I am!
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process