Michelle Burns


What is it like working for recovery connections?

I love working for Recovery Connections, it’s a new experience for me as I’ve only just started to work as I was a volunteer. I haven’t been in the role very long but I am really enjoying it.

 

What is it that Recovery connections do to help people out of addiction?

We do a lot of group work and offer community programs as a way to help clients re-establish structure to their lives.  The rehab facilities offer accommodation, support and help towards getting back out into the community, living life clean and substance free.

 

What is your job with Recovery connections?

I’m a trainee recovery worker I help people who are still using substances and alcohol to get into recovery. These clients have been referred and I try to get them to engage in group activities.  For many people addiction can be very isolating so it’s important that clients engage with others to maintain a healthy, happy life style and help them get in recovery from their addictions.

 

What do you offer to people who are trapped in an addiction?

Support, we can refer to other agencies and help people access help with other organisations around Middlesbrough. We offer management with addiction, some of our staff are in recovery themselves and that helps clients as we all understand each other and what we’ve all been through. We also offer one to one support and accommodate each individuals need and find the best solution for them.

 

What is the process of beating an addiction?

We start by getting clients to look at where they feel they want to go and achieve. Mutual aid is important to connect with others such as SMART or 12 step fellowships. The key to positive addiction beating is communication and giving structure to a client’s life and rehab can do that.

 

If you could give anyone any advice on why they should quit an addiction, what would it be?

There’s a million reasons why they should quit but it’s up to the person themselves to make that decision.

 

Addiction affects so many people but has it ever affected you to help those people struggling with Substance misuse?

Yeah, I started to volunteer and found it hugely rewarding. Working with Recovery Connections is now my passion and seeing people make that transformation makes me feel like I’m really giving and getting something back, I’m affected in a positive way

 

What is the process of beating an addiction?

We start by getting clients to look at where they feel they want to go and achieve. Mutual aid is important to connect with others such as SMART or 12 step fellowships. The key to positive addiction beating is communication and giving structure to a client’s life and rehab can do that.

 

If you could give anyone any advice on why they should quit an addiction, what would it be?

There’s a million reasons why they should quit but it’s up to the person themselves to make that decision.

 

Addiction affects so many people but has it ever affected you to help those people struggling with Substance misuse?

Yeah, I started to volunteer and found it hugely rewarding. Working with Recovery Connections is now my passion and seeing people make that transformation makes me feel like I’m really giving and getting something back, I’m affected in a positive way.

 

What’s your favourite program activity with Recovery connections and how does it help people?

Arts & Crafts, it helps to connect with people and that’s where recovery starts, helping people getting well and seeing people progress with their addictions. The key to good recovery is connecting which is what most of the groups are about but I love how were constantly helping others.

 

Working for Recovery connections and with people who are in need of help and support, kind of makes you a super hero, what superhero power do you possess?

I would say I have the ability to connect with people on an emotional level. I love trying to help people, give them support and advice and help them open up as I think it’s important to express your feelings.