“Addicts help themselves by helping others”
Alcohol and drug addicts in recovery who dedicate their time to helping others are not doing this for purely selfless reasons. Instead, they have come to realise that by helping others they can help themselves as well. A well-known recovery saying sums this up well, ‘to keep it you have to give it away’. Regardless of how someone finds recovery from their chemical dependency, helping others who have drug or alcohol addiction problems can be very helpful to one’s own recovery.
Doing such work in Recovering Communities can improve their life in a number of ways:
Those who are the recipients of such help benefit because:
At Silkworth, the members of our recovery community have a desire and need for sharing their experiences, and strengths and providing a source of ongoing support for one another in their recovery journey as well as undertaking activities to help and support the wider community – commonly referred to as ‘giving back’. It is important that we help grow our already strong recovery community through the established services that we already provide whilst making access to these services as easily as possible.
Our Recovery Day service is a key part of our organisation that introduces people to a recovery mindset in an informal non-judgemental and safe environment. From here people can understand more about the illness of chemical dependency and what options are open to them in order to manage their dependency, this in itself feeds and grows a recovery community.
The Silkworth Extreme Team Challenge that happens every year is a clear example of this. It brings people together from all walks of life whether they are in recovery or not, to help support the development and growth of a recovery community.Back to resources