Recovery in the Community
You would think that the hardest challenge facing someone who is addicted to drugs or alcohol would be to stop using their drug of choice. But as hard as stopping is, by far the hardest journey facing someone who is recently sober will be staying sober. Staying sober, as they set off on a new and totally unfamiliar journey through life. Staying sober as they set off on that journey with no map, not many familiar reference points and without their lifelong coping strategy.
In order to live a life free from addiction they not only need to learn how to cope without their substance(s) of choice, but they also need to find alternative ways of living. They will need to find a new group of “clean” friends, a new place to live and new ways to occupy their time. This is not helped by the fact that they are starting from a disadvantaged position, especially if they are trying to create a new life in their hometown where they have a history.
Roots™ was formed to support people as they tackle these issues.
Now 4 years old and head quartered at the Kings Centre in Darlington, Roots is staffed by volunteers from various churches in Darlington who understand addiction. Our brief is to come alongside those that are still using and those who are newly clean and help them navigate and achieve a new way of living. Free from their addiction.
The Recovery in the Community programme has been developed by Roots to both harness the Secular and Christian services that already exist in the community as well as introduce further services of its own to provide a rounded solution which can guide and assist people on their road to full recovery.
Roots started as a team who walked the streets of Darlington at night and came alongside people who were sleeping rough or begging. We also attended various soup kitchens during the day and evening to talk with the people that came about Jesus and how, in His strength, we might help them get into recovery. We still maintain this “street” contact through the Basement Project at Darlington Baptist Church which runs a lunch time soup kitchen on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and provides the Basement facility for hot food provision on a Monday night.
Through its outreach Roots has developed relationships with the Police, Probation, North East Council for Addiction (NECA), West Park and various other agencies. These agencies now refer people to Roots. They recognise that a weekly appointment is not enough, and that people need support through the week. Support that Roots’ Recovery in the community can provide.
In particular, Roots works hand in glove with NECA to develop recovery programmes for individuals that need that extra support for their well-being and recovery journey.