So What Are the Other People Like?
For newcomers, the idea of rehab is often frightening. The reality is different – it is a place of opportunity, love and support.
It’s understandable to be anxious when going to rehab, it seems like taking a risk – a step into the unknown. After all, addiction upsets emotions and affects judgment skills, so you don’t really know what to expect. Of course, you’re anxious, but nobody comes to rehab by mistake.
If you have never experienced it, you may have acquired a negative view of rehab. Will you be judged and criticised? What is the programme and what will the other people be like?
You will be welcomed on arrival by a member of the medical staff who will take you through the admission procedure which will include an interview with a psychiatrist. If you need a form of detox, this will be fully explained and discussed with you.
Later, you will meet your peers and one of them will be asked to guide you through your first days while you learn the routine. Meeting a group of strangers can be a challenge but they have all had that experience themselves. They know how you are feeling, and they will respond with kindness and understanding.
Addiction affects people from different backgrounds and all walks of life.
When entering Castle Craig, you will soon discover a common link between yourself and those around you who also wish to seek recovery. While it’s entirely normal to feel intimidated or anxious about meeting your peers, it’s important to remember that they may have also lost relationships, careers, or sense of self and have realised that they need help to regain control and get back to a healthy, productive life.
At Castle Craig, you will find yourself amongst people who are there to better themselves, walk the road to recovery, and live a happier, healthier life. Anyone can suffer from addiction and thus there is always a variety of ages, gender, background and race in the peer group. There is power in this variety and you will come to find that your fellow patients become your greatest strength – they are your mirror and your support.
Their combined wisdom, support and feedback should never be ignored. Do not be afraid to ask for their help. As the days pass, you will learn from them as you share experiences and feelings, and this will lead to non-judgmental regard and mutual respect.
If you see a person behaving or reacting in a way you think is strange, don’t criticise but ask yourself: ‘what might others see in my own behaviour? I‘m in early recovery too.’
Peer support in addiction treatment
The role of a peer supporter is to offer strength, hope and encouragement to our patients through embodying recovery, offering support and challenging denial.
So often, our patients tell us that seeing peer supporters who have come through the programme and are currently maintaining and even enjoying their recovery, helps them to shift their negative thinking and believe that they too can recover.
Our recovery advocates
Castle Craig offers peer support in the form of recovery advocates. Recovery advocates are people who have experienced addiction and maintained long-term sobriety and form an important part of our treatment programme.