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"Lives Lived Well - Warwick"

About: Lives Lived Well - Warwick

(as a service user),

A month ago I found myself at rock bottom. I was driving without a licence, having a depressive episode and feeling like giving up on life.

From this seemingly "no hope" position came something wonderful. 

The Police Officer that pulled me over wrote a referral to Lives Lived Well in Warwick so that I might receive support for my Alcohol and Cannabis addiction. 

Since then, my life has turned around. 

I have weekly Zoom appointments to discuss challenges and strategies to abstain from my target behaviours. From setting a few humble goals has come positive momentum. In one month I've gone from feeling hopeless to waking each morning feeling content and building on the positive feeling continuum to positive expectation, belief, enthusiasm, eagerness and passion.

Thanks to the encouragement I've received from my counsellor, Alex, my life is flourishing. 

I'm now 30+ days clean and sober, enrolled in a positive mindset course and have just signed up to teach what I've learnt to others. This addresses my long-term goal to be a peer support worker and living a life I and my family can be proud of. 

Having support has made the difference between success and failure. This journey, in one month, has reunited me with my adult son. This is the most compelling reason to keep going. 

I have a mood disorder, Bipolar and two Personality Disorders, Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Disorder. Staying straight and sober means the medication has a chance to work and I am in a much better position to manage my emotions. All of my close relationships are benefiting from my abstinence. 

I encourage everyone on a recovery journey to reach out to Lives Lived Well because I tried to do it alone and failed, multiple times. For the first time since my early 20s, I can see success in my future.

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Response from Gerard Moloney, Lives Lived Well last month
Gerard Moloney
Lives Lived Well
Submitted on 14/09/2021 at 16:56
Published on Care Opinion at 17:03


Hello indiafp37,

Thank you for your description of the events that connected you to Lives Lived Well's Warwick office and the support you have received since that first step.

At Lives Lived Well we believe with the right support people can change. The task is to work with each person and find the way that is right for them. It is great that you found that path with the support of Alex. Thank you for the acknowledgement of the support you have received from Alex. I will make sure she is aware of your post.

Having a plan with steps that are manageable is the first step to making any change and it seems that has been a key part of the major changes you have been able to bring about in your life. The way you have described the ripple effect of these changes in so many aspects of your life is great to hear.

Finally, thank you for recommending Lives Lived Well services to others.

I wish you all the best in the next steps of your journey.

Warm regards,

Gerard

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