When it comes to addiction recovery, aftercare and maintenance are very important. The threat of relapse is always present as addiction is an illness for which there is no cure. One of the most effective ways to keep sobriety on track is through a fellowship support group. Here at Primrose Lodge, we urge our patients to get involved in a support group after they have completed their treatment programme with us.
We understand the power of peer support and the fact that fellowship groups have been helping millions of recovering addicts around the world to maintain their sobriety for decades. These groups encourage members to share their stories and experiences to inspire and motivate each other to continue with their substance-free lives.
We believe that sharing addiction stories really does help; not only yourself but also others who are in recovery. But don’t take our word for it – the Recovery Street Film Festival is encouraging recovering addicts to share their stories and experiences of alcohol and drug abuse through film; it is now in its fourth year.
Supported by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, the film festival is looking for people from the across the UK to create a personal and honest three-minute recording of their experience with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Successful entrants will then be selected for a showcase, with their films being shown in various locations around the country. One film-maker will then be chosen as the overall winner.
The festival allows recovering addicts to tell their stories of addiction and recovery by giving them a voice. It is also challenging the stereotyping of addiction that occurs on a daily basis. Many people have their own opinions of what addiction and addicts are like, and in most cases, they are completely wrong.
A Recovery Street Film Festival spokesperson said, “Drug-related deaths are currently at the highest ever level. The aim of the Recovery Street Film Festival, therefore, is to break down stigma by opening up conversations and to show what recovery can look like.”
The theme for this year’s competition is Making up for Lost Time and entrants are encouraged to be honest and personal with their stories while also being innovative. The Recovery Street spokesperson added, “This could be thinking about something that you wish you had said, regrets that you would undo, or 24 hours that changed your life. We hope that this year amateur film-makers will use their storytelling to help others see the world through their eyes, or even learn from their experiences.”
With most people having an opinion about addiction, it is understandable that some may feel changing other individual’s perceptions would be difficult. However, the winner of the 2016 Recovery Street Film Festival, Martine Bell, says the power of a ‘well-made low budget film’ should not be underestimated. Ms Bell said, “The festival is all about reducing stigma around addiction and empowering people in the process. Creativity and content, rather than high production value, are most important – a low-budget doesn’t mean a bad film.”
It is very easy to become complacent after a programme of recovery. Many recovering addicts believe they are cured, and after a while, some may even start to think that they never really had a problem with alcohol or drugs in the first place.
If you find yourself having these thoughts, you are in dangerous territory and could be at risk of relapse. Maintaining sobriety is something you will likely have to do for the rest of your life. This is the only way you will be able to ensure that you do not find yourself facing a crippling addiction once more.
Source: (The Evening Express and Echo) Addicts encouraged to share their stories fora film festival contest