Let me tell you a little about myself…
I have worked in the addiction/recovery field for over 25 years, I currently coordinate peer support groups for people in recovery and their families. I specialise in Service User Involvement, Coaching, designing, and facilitating bespoke training. Skilled in Communication, Service User Involvement, Management and thrive in partnership environments.
I currently manage Sheffield Recovery Community Forum, coordinating a network of commissioned and non commissioned peer support groups, supporting individuals in recovery.
I am currently writing a book about my journey of addiction and caring for an alcoholic parent.
As well as dealing with my own addiction in my early twenties, in my thirties I found myself caring, supporting, and losing my ‘Bad Ass’ dad to alcoholism.
During this time, when I couldn’t sleep, so rather than toss and turn in bed, I’d get me sen up, go downstairs, open my A4 notebook and write down all the shit that was keeping me awake. (It’s fair to say there is a lot of shit in those books)
I’ve always wanted to write, but to be quite Frank ‘Im not the best at English, my grammar is crap, I like to swear, and I don’t know what I’m writing about most of the time’ but this writing malarkey is like a fucking itch that won’t go away. Before dad passed, many a time people have said ‘you could/should write a book’, writing a book sounds ‘Fucking brilliant doesn’t it?’.
‘Of course, it sounds brilliant’ I’ve even started writing the book (three un-edited chapters) I have the title for the book and everything! what you don’t know is I started writing the fucking thing over 12 years ago!
This blog helps me not just practice my writing it also give me a platform to have a good old offload
Here are a couple of links to the work I have done over the years about addiction
Sheffield Recovery Community – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUySRaOF9Nc&t=265s
Sheffield Families https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj-shT7uo2c