How often do we wish we could have known what we know now, when we were younger?
Hindsight Is A Wonderful Thing…
The longer we spend in active addiction and recovery, the more experience (both good and bad) we gain.
We often wish we could somehow turn back the clock or jump in a time machine and speak to our younger selves or our loved ones who have/had developed an addiction.
We can’t turn the clock back, but we can change what we will do now and in the future. We can also help others who are going through what we have gone through, are going through or others who have gone through the turbulent and stormy time that addiction causes to us and others.
If You Could…
If you could enter a time machine or turn the clock back, what would you want to tell yourself?
We Need Your Help…
We want to know what you would tell yourself or your loved ones if you could turn back time?
We want to pass on the advice, knowledge and experience we have all collectively gained to our younger members of society in an attempt to curb the ever increasing rate of addiction and chronic substance use.
We also want to include any other experience, advice or knowledge you’ve gained that is associated with addictions and recovery too. These can include, but not limited to:
- Any physical or mental health conditions you’ve developed as a result of your addiction or recovery.
- Any financial implications it’s had on you or those around you.
- Any criminal convictions or criminal issues that you have experienced such as dealing drugs, theft, burglary ect.
- Issues with accommodation or housing.
- Effects on your career, education, training or work.
- Effects to relationships and/or those around you.
- Anything other advice, guidance or tips you wish you would have been given when you were younger.
We are going to collate all this information and advice, which we will then produce in the form of a booklet of advice, experience and knowledge which will then be distributed to schools, youth groups, clubs, councils, young offender organisations, colleges and healthcare facilities such as doctors surgeries. They will they can be given to each student, young person or teenager, so that we can at least try to pass on our knowledge and experience to our younger members of society, so that they may avoid the pain, hardship and stress both addicts and their families go through when attempting to overcome and recover from an addiction that may be avoided in the first place, had they have had the knowledge and experience of those who have been through it already.
Your contact information and any details that may identify you will also be kept anonymous. Your contact information, and any information about your physical and mental health conditions that may be used to identify you will also be excluded.
You can also use the hashtag #IfOnlyIHadKnown
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