Paul has been in recovery for over 10 years from heroin, methadone, cocaine, alcohol and prescription drug addiction. He found recovery through a rehabilitation centre in Luton and then started to volunteer at the treatment centre as a recovery support worker.
“I realised the importance of giving back support and encouragement to those who were going through what I had been through 3 to 4 months previously. The support from people further down the recovery road got me through”.
Paul volunteered here for a year and then was offered part-time employment. “I believe I was offered this opportunity as I had shown willingness and commitment to the 12 Step Program of Recovery”. After a year of part-time work I was offered a full time position as a Sober Living Houseworker, this involved supporting the clients in the evening and night times, 2 years later he was promoted to Sober Living House Manager. Unfortunately after 8 years he was made redundant.
“Since then, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position at Sanctuary Lodge and find the work here both challenging and rewarding. To work alongside a committed team of therapists and support staff is uplifting, inspiring and helps me to continue in my professional and personal development”.