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I really look forward to the Thursday drop-in group online. I find Richard a great listener and I take on board the excellent advice that he gives me. It gives me a chance to speak to others who are going on their own journeys and helps me realise that I’m not alone in mine — Client in recovery
CADAS for me is a fantastic organisation. I’ve been a recovering addict for nearly 2 years and they have helped me to get a positive outlook for the future. I’m looking forward to learning more from CADAS on the recovery support worker training so I can help others the way they have helped me. – Support group member
When my social worker contacted Cadas and the Volunteer Manager got back in touch with me to talk about how I could support your work, it went a long way to restoring my self-esteem. This was one of the major effects my addiction had, a feeling that I had destroyed everything I had sought to achieve in my life. Volunteering has given more to me than I probably have given back.
“Thank you so much for all the help and support. You’ve been so wonderful. I honestly never thought I’d get as far as I have and I know I couldn’t have done it without your guidance. I can’t thank you enough.” – Thank you note from a client to a volunteer Recovery Support Worker
“I volunteered with CADAS many years ago, doing the volunteer training and the Black Box training, too, but when my life as a carer began to get on top of me it was CADAS that I turned to for support. I am a full-time carer for my mother, and also a busy grandmother, but it was when my grown-up but dependent daughter started to use binge drinking to cope with her mental health problems that I asked for help. Initially I came for a refresher in Black Box so that I could use it to help my daughter manage her emotions but I ended up attending the Tai Chi and Mindfulness sessions in Carlisle for myself. Phil is a wonderfully calming presence and they are a great way to switch off and relax. I would recommend them to anyone!” – Janice, Parent Carer Client
“The first few weeks [of the C19 lockdown] were OK. I was managing to get out of the house, into the sunshine and I felt really positive but with the change in the weather, my mood has slipped and I’ve been feeling fed up. I’m frightened of slipping in to my old ways of drinking to pass the day. I’ve come such a long way and really don’t want to go back to square one. The beauty of having that positive relationship with Nicki at CADAS is that I was able to reach out to her today. Having someone to talk to and motivate me really helped this morning. Nicki reminded me how far I have come on this journey and how proud I am of myself”. – CADAS/BBO Client
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