“This month marks an incredible milestone for me. This is the month that I will celebrate two years of sobriety and freedom from using drugs.
“Two years ago, I was released from prison. This was not my first release from prison. I had served two long sentences and had undergone five terms in drug rehabilitation centres. Drinking alcohol and using tablets had set me on the path toward hard drugs. I struggled to break the vicious cycle of using drugs, but despite my strong resolve and willpower, I could not overcome my addiction and would relapse. My enforced sobriety in prison amongst other attempts to quit and remain dry would last for some time, but I would ultimately succumb to the peer pressure of friends whom I found difficult to resist amidst the appeal of the familiar haunts of coffee shops and void decks.
“The frequency of returning to prison took its toll on my relationship with my family, and I became increasingly isolated from them.
“I was introduced to WE CARE by a concerned friend and when I came to visit, in August 2014, I immediately felt a sense of relief, a feeling of belonging in the warm, welcoming and friendly environment. I work with the counsellors and the recovery staff here at WE CARE, to help me deal with relapse risk factors. I participate in the many recreational activities available here. I also have the opportunity to pick up new skills by attending computer and English classes.
“This year's Hari Raya festivities hold a special meaning in my journey of recovery. I was able to reconcile old misunderstandings and repair the relationship with my stepfather with whom I was previously estranged.
“Over the past two years, I have made many friends amongst the fellow recovering persons as well as with the recovery-staff at WE CARE. We draw strength from each other, and support and inspire each other on our journey.
"I often think to myself: If they can do it, so can I. Going by what I have experienced over the last two years, I am very hopeful and optimistic for what lies ahead.”
Do you have an inspiring story to share? We are always on a lookout for patrons who can help us raise awareness and reduce the stigma linked to addiction. We often provide case studies to help people better understand and appreciate the problem of addiction.
We thank you for your support and greatly appreciate your willingness to share with us your story.
Please be assured that WE CARE will handle participant’s personal information with anonymity and respect.
If you would like to share your story, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com.
If you prefer to be interviewed, please contact Yvonne to book an appointment at 3165 8017.
WE CARE has started a new support group called “Family and Friends Support Group”. Facilitated by WE CARE counsellors, this group is meant for spouses, partners, family members or friends affected by an addicted loved one.
"Family & Friends" teaches effective strategies for self-care and how to cope with the recovering addict. The support group focuses on changing the way you interact with the recovering loved one. Using the CRAFT Model and SMART Recovery tools, we will touch on important topics that family members and friends experience, including:
The goals for "Family & Friends" are
"Family & Friends" is scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 7pm to 830pm, at WE CARE, Wisdom Room.
The group has been meeting since August 2018 but you can join in at any time.
If you are an affected family member or friend and you wish to attend "Family & Friends", contact Sida at 3165 8017 or NoorSida@wecare.org.sg to register.
SMART stands for Self-Management & Recovery Training. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. All facilitators are registered SMART Recovery Facilitators.
SMART is an ongoing closed group and caters to individuals with a history of addiction. Interested participants are required to undergo a clinical intake before attending SMART Recovery.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
When : Every Thursday 3.00pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Serenity Room at WE CARE
Mindfulness For Recovery
Mindfulness for Recovery is an open group to learn and practice mindfulness. Mindfulness helps participants to break away from their own destructive habitual patterns. All facilitators have personal experience practising mindfulness. This group is catered for people with a history of addictions, reactive behaviours and/or mood disorders.
When : Friday, 630pm to 730pm
Venue: Courage Room at WE CARE Community Services
To register: call 3165 8017 or email email@example.com