It was very sad to see the remains of Weston Pier.
This picture was taken on August Bank Holiday Monday. As we can see here, what used to be a busy holiday resort, appears to be deserted?
I myself spent 20 weeks at a treatment centre in Weston for alcohol addiction. This was a self empowerment program, which totally changed my outlook to life, and myself. Weston is a lovely place to spend time in rehabilitation, with lovely surroundings, the view of the sea and the wonderful fresh air, which, to myself was never appreciated whilst under the grip of addiction.
There are reportedly more than 27 treatment centres in this town, housing up to 400 clients at any one time. When i was allowed free time, it was great to wander and take in the atmosphere with the other clients. Even a walk in the evening was a great way to relax and clear my head after what was usually a heavy day of therapy sessions, normaly three a day. Whilst I was in Weston, I found the local residents to be very friendly. I expected some form of hostility towards me, but it was totally the opposite! Cafe's were very accommodating towards us, and would often ask how long we were staying for, and sometimes would ask what our future plans were. Weston now finds itself in-recovery from fire damage to its famous pier, but the future is very positive and there is a link at the bottom of this page to view the great plans they have in place.
Some clients decided to stay in Weston and move on to a dry house, which is sometimes up to one year.
Written by: Mark Leigh