By David Staunton, Project Worker at Sankalpa.
A seed of an idea is growing strong here in Sankalpa over the past two months. I refer to the Sankalpa Recovery Group which takes place every Tuesday Afternoon from 3.00 to 4.30pm. The group is in response to people from the Finglas and Cabra area who have indicated their desire to become drug free.
Some individuals who have successfully participated in their personal programme here at Sankalpa and who saw a need for support on their journey forward, are also attending and have brought great wisdom, kindness and direction to the group. The group members to date have drawn up their own guidelines on how they want to see it run and grow, and the ownership that has resulted from this self- managed, self -directed approach, offers both positivity and ownership to participants.
I have a lot of respect for anyone who finds the courage to attend a recovery group. All the challenging steps which somebody has to take, days, weeks, months, maybe years weighing up the decision. The courage in dialling a telephone number, speaking about how they are right now to someone on a phone, walking into the group for the first time, meeting other’s – both known and unknown, sharing in the group for the first time and hearing your own voice share feelings and emotions which have remained hidden for many years. This is certainly no easy task and my heartfelt appreciation and admiration goes out to those who try.
And that is the point – it is about trying. Trying something else, something different, something new. It is about trying to develop new behaviours which will serve you well. At Sankalpa, we believe that you will always know best, you will always know what it is that you have to do in order to become the person you have always wanted to be. The best we can do is offer you support with this ‘new direction’, affirm you for both your achievements and your courage in trying. Recovery will take as long as it takes, but Sankalpa and the participants of the Tuesday afternoon group are there with you every step you take on your path.
So, if you want to join us and see your own seed grow and prosper in the Sankalpa Recovery garden, we are right here, right now…
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For more information, or to discuss confidentially how Sankalpa may support you, please contact David on 01 8302690 or email: email@example.com or you are welcome to just drop in.