Your first day at The Living Room
It may not feel like it at the moment, but you really can get abstinence recovery from addiction. Many hundreds of people have entered The Living Room services with a range of addictions including dependencies to alcohol, prescription drugs, gambling, sex, destructive and obsessive relationships, spending and running up debts, over eating, under eating, self-harming and video games.
Whatever you are addicted to or however powerless you feel about change now, we know that recovery is possible. If you have not made an appointment yet and can access one of our centres then please do get in touch. If you are unable to access one of our centres check out other services in your area, including 12-Step Fellowship groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon Family Groups, Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA), etc.) Try to keep an open mind and lean on the support of others who have achieved recovery themselves.
If you have made an appointment with The Living Room then you have taken an important step in your recovery. You may feel a little nervous about what others may think about you, what you have done in your life, what you will face on your first day. Let me try to reassure you…
On your first visit to The Living Room you will be asked to work through an initial assessment with one of our group counsellors. This is so we can get an idea about the problems you are facing and also your strengths as a person. All our group counsellors are in long-term recovery from addiction, having stopped using their addictive behaviours many years ago (at least eight years ago) and know first- hand what it is like to struggle with the obsessions, anxieties, compulsive behaviours and feelings that you may be experiencing.
After the assessment you will be invited to attend one of our group therapy sessions. All the people in the room will be at various stages in their recovery and all of them were also a newcomer not so long ago. In the first few days you should not feel under any pressure to talk, but if you would like you can. All the people in the group will introduce themselves and will be there to make you feel welcome. Many people have noted that as soon as they heard everyone sharing their story they knew that they were understood and would be accepted.
Our morning groups explore the difficulties that people are facing during their recovery and the counsellors will help the group find solutions to deal with issues arising. Our morning group session runs from 10.30 to noon and then there is an hour given aside for lunch. Our centres are close to shops and eating places – some people will go out to these, whilst others bring a packed lunch.
Our afternoon session starts at 1pm and explores solutions to issues that may have arisen in the morning group. We run workshops, show films and seek to equip you with a variety of ways to get the most out of your recovery.
At 2.30pm the group closes for the day and that will be the end of your first day. Please do see a counsellor if you have any questions, concerns or queries and, if you feel able, do swap numbers and seek support from others attending the group.
I hope that has given you a clearer idea of what to expect on your first day.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
CEO & Founder