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S.U.S.T Conference

We were pleased to be invited to the S.U.S.T. group meeting last month. Representatives from 2Gether (NHS), Independence Trust, Nelson Trust, C.I.S., Branchlea,  along with a Service Users Group from Wiltshire.

It was great to see so many influential organizations on hand to offer advice, support and some guidance to the still suffering addict.

As a service users group meeting, it was refreshing to see how many questions were answered, as there seemed to be an air of frustration from some of the audience who felt they were being allowed to slip through the net, as to speak. We were particularly pleased to see representatives from C.I.S. Who really are of vital service to clients that are, or have been in treatment. We are all trying to cope, back in the big wide world.

2gether unveiled plans for a new ward to open later this year, to replace Sezincote, which is great news for all concerned. Good Luck with the new name?

So well done S.U.S.T for putting together an all-day event, where everybody got to have there say, and the opportunity to meet others, and ask questions directly aimed at those concerned.

After listening to feedback from all involved, next month’s issue will be focussing mainly on Dual Diagnosis. This appears to be a major concern for many treatment clients, and the still suffering addicts that were in attendance.

A BIG Thankyou 2 U

So! 2 months passed now, How are we doing?


If we are addicted to Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Sex, Food, Co-dependency to name just a few, Then we have an illness. Addiction is an illness Fact?


So many of us suffer in silence. Ashamed, Fearful, Suicidal, Anxious, Manipulative, Compulsive, Angry, Depressed, Obsessive, Violent, Homeless, Unwanted and there are many more reasons. The hard truth is, that most of us do not understand the nature of what is happening to us?

Treatment Centres "Rehab"

Take away our drug of choice What are we left with? Hope. We soon learn that the only way that we can succeed in treatment, is to do it for ourselves. We cannot be led to believe that we can do this to keep another happy? Or just because we think we need to, It wont work. We learn about ourselves, share experiences with others, learn how to experience our inner feelings, start to believe there is life after addiction, start to actually care about ourselves and start to build a new life abstinence free. This really is possible, if you want it badly enough?

Written by: Mark Leigh

Thank You

A special thank you to:

David Bean, Bryan Meloy, Liz, Pauline, Howard, Sean & all my friends at (Independence Trust) & (C.I.S)

Gwen Bridges, Helen Mcilvany, Neil Jennings, Sarah Welch, Tony Gardiner, Louise, Robyn & all at: Countywide Specialist Substance Misuse Service

Philip Trenchard, Jo Bell,
Lou, Matthew, Trudy, Ian,
Stan, Frankie, Fiona,
ETE Staff, Toni, Silvana,
ucy, Beanie
and everybody associated with The Nelson Trust

Pat Bugler, Mellisa, Val, John & the staff at Westcliff House

Dr D P Knight Rosebank Surgery
Dr Waldon Rowcroft Medical Center
Dr D Kempson Locking Hill Surgery

More special thanks to:

Nick Kelly
Phil (thrasher), Shar (misfit)
Helen (livin' life clean),
Clayton (the driver),
Sheena(the voice),
Jacky N,
Mandy M, Laura, Isis. Sam,
Anne T, 
Dean. Alicia, 
Tiffany. Darren,

Andy (west ham), 
Mark (london), Vikki, Chris,
Charlie. Ed (spurs). Jane. Jo
Karen V. Maureen. Nick
Sharon (surrey). Steph. Rick,
Steve (Tetbury), Gill (Stroud

Sam, Dave, Andy, Phil, Steve, Jackie, Dean, Nera, and Essex Girl (Westcliffe House) 2005... and many more.

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