Richard Kirton


What is it like working for recovery connections?

It’s a mind broadening experience and  in-depth insight to the trials and tribulations of alcohol and substance use in our local area.

 

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

We give people hope and a feeling that there are people out there willing to give them their time to get them back onto the path of recovery. People are not alone.

 

What is your job with Recovery connections?

My job is program support, working in the rehab structure and with the clients closely to ensure that their focus is totally on their recovery but also assisting them with day to day issues. I also accompany them to 12 step meetings and outdoor activities to help them be a part of the community again.

 

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

Hopefully an insight that the grass can be greener and the opportunity to live in recovery.

 

What is the process of beating an addiction?

Self-management to start with support and also to know that we are always there when needed.

 

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

If you ever think you are at your lowest point and you can’t go any further down, the only way is up. Things are never as dark as they seem, and even meeting the staff at Recovery Connections, battling their own demons shows that there is always hope for the future.

 

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

No, my focal point is to make sure people achieve their goal by concentrating on themselves and their recovery. Not worrying if I’ve had a bad day as its irrelevant to their personal recovery.

 

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

SMART basically seeing people joining in a group and getting from relating to situations that clients share. Seeing clients in the early stages

always there when needed.

 

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

If you ever think you are at your lowest point and you can’t go any further down, the only way is up. Things are never as dark as they seem, and even meeting the staff at Recovery Connections, battling their own demons shows that there is always hope for the future.

 

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

No, my focal point is to make sure people achieve their goal by concentrating on themselves and their recovery. Not worrying if I’ve had a bad day as its irrelevant to their personal recovery.

 

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

SMART basically seeing people joining in a group and getting from relating to situations that clients share. Seeing clients in the early stages may not be very vocal, taking lead later on from gaining confidence and knowing they’re not alone in their struggle of recovery.

 

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 have the ability to see past the addiction in people and I have the will to help those in need.