An appeal for help after the earthquake.

Addictions UK has received a letter from a group of Recovering Addicts in Nepal. Please contact us if you would like any help in forwarding your donations or support.

Dear Friends,
We recovering group from Nepal.
Recovery Group in Nepal - illustration
Roland Williams from California are trying to do something for the Nepali earthquake victim of our community from the recovering alcoholic and drug users of Nepal community.
We are proud that our brother Mr. Roland Williams is also helping us directly and indirectly to support our community as we did in villages. You can also communicate with him to go further if you are interested to be a part of our program.
There is very wrong judgement about users in our society. Drug users or alcoholics means that they are mad, characterless, and irresponsible or so many other labels are their which promotes stigma and discrimination in our community.
So we like to break these feelings helping others as 12 steps describes in 12 steps. This would be best opportunity for us. This will be really 12 steps having in our heart serving other people.
No body from such a recovering community [not talking about individual] is trying to do something help directly to our community here in Nepal but we like to do something small donation which could be either by our service, advising, counselling or distributing food, water, medicine etc. temporarily at this time.
We are also interested to set up rehabilitation program providing psycho social counselling or psycho spiritual counselling to those children and other people who are suffering from the post trauma or any kind of psychologically disorder through residential program or day care with adding many different spiritual, recreational and other healing programs.
We are of course taking care community children as part of healing program showing game and making fun at this present. We have done many other things helping individual people.
Thanks and goodbye,
Binod Aryal

This week’s video

The “first step” is admitting powerless over our addiction. But there are some things over which an addict isn’t powerless.

 

Like a garden, life is always changing. There is always growth.

Opportunities for Growth - illustration

Addictions UK uses Twitter to share inspirational Thoughts every day. This article is based on one of them. Follow us at @addictionsuk.

As the Chelsea Flower Show approaches, keen gardeners are focussed on the arrival of spring and the prospect of summer.

Life is like a garden. It never stands still.

There is something deep within the human psyche that longs for stasis and permanence. If only everything, anything would stay still, we could catch it and control it.

It’s a dangerous trap. If we are tempted to wait for life to become manageable then we are just watching a vanishing mirage. It’s not going to happen.

Life will always change – circumstances, the people around us, the economy, the environment. We will never get it under control.

In a way, this scary truth brings an unexpected comfort. The unruliness that surronds each of us is not unusual or deviant, it’s the norm, a Fact of Life.

The trick with a garden is to manage, not to control. Centuries ago people tried to make formal gardens, but it was a constant battle by an army of labourers to keep out encroaching reality and, on close inspection, it was only ever an illusion.

Another of Addictions UK’s Thoughts on Twitter reminds us that “Accepting that you cannot control your addiction does need not mean that your whole life is chaos.

We change our lives little by little, and start by preserving the good that is there already. Calling in a garden makeover team to change everything in three days only happens on the Telly. In real life, our own lives, a little pruning here, a little feeding there, and the mess starts to look more organised and the flowers among the weeds are easier to see and to encourage.

Just as with a garden, we need to accept that in life change is unavoidable, that growth can be guided and, if we can accept some help with the management, it can become beautiful.

Helping one another

Share your steps - illustration

Addictions UK uses Twitter to share inspirational Thoughts every day. This article is based on one of them. Follow us at @addictionsuk.

There’s a division of opinion over what makes a good teacher.

Most people would say that they want to learn from someone who has all the answers. But if we think about it, we know that, if we could take help only from someone who is perfect and infallible, then we would wait for ever.

After a little Thought, we realise that we need is a guide who has experienced the journey and knows how hard it can be. We look to people who are still keenly searching for the best way forward – and who have the humility not to pretend to know it all.

We talk disparagingly about “the blind leading the blind” as if there is always an alternative.

Someone once said, “I don’t know all the answers and I am not certain of the way, but I have an idea where, in all this darkness, the light might be and if you take my hand we can journey there together.”

Wise addicts never talk about a cure but about being in continuing recovery. So if you have made progress on that journey, go ahead and share with others what has worked for you. If you have made progress, found what works, even learned what fails, then others can benefit from that knowledge.

Do not be shy to share nor wait too long before you do.

Please contact Addicitons UK now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment