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D = Drug Abuse. Drug addiction is proven to be highest amongst communities who cannot read or write. Explore the Alphabet of Illiteracy

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Reading and writing has been used to fight drug abuse. Drug addiction is proven highest amongst communities who cannot read or write. Illiteracy robs people of independence and options, which is when drug abuse thrives. That’s why words can help stop addiction.

UNESCO (2004)

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Action on Addiction runs treatment and recovery programs for drug and alcohol addicts all across the UK. During their treatment program trained therapists help clients with reading and writing assignments, and there are also creative workshops in art therapy and creative writing. These can help people who are unable to find the words to write down how they feel. Drugs caused Kevin’s marriage and life to fall apart. After committing a string of criminal offences, he came to Action on Addiction to begin recovery. After eight months of treatment and counselling, Action on Addiction put Kevin back on his feet.

Action on Addiction runs treatment and recovery programs for drug and alcohol addicts all across the UK. During their treatment program trained therapists help clients with reading and writing assignments, and there are also creative workshops in art therapy and creative writing. These can help people who are unable to find the words to write down how they feel. Drugs caused Kevin’s marriage and life to fall apart. After committing a string of criminal offences, he came to Action on Addiction to begin recovery. After eight months of treatment and counselling, Action on Addiction put Kevin back on his feet.

Kevin was in a dark place, but couldn’t see it until Action on Addiction showed him a different way to live his life.

After the loss of his marriage, Kevin turned to alcohol and then cocaine to deal with the pain. This caused the relationship with his children, other relatives and close friends to suffer.

He became more and more focused on “chasing the buzz” but was never satisfied. Eventually Kevin’s world began to unravel as people began to lose faith in him. In a matter of weeks he got arrested twice for drink-driving, received a couple of fines for being drunk and disorderly, and was also caught multiple times in possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

As his problem got worse, he began going and drinking in pubs and clubs every night, and towards the end of his using he was wondering “why I could be surrounded by people, but feel so alone.”

He found true rock bottom in January 2007 when his mother suddenly passed away. This huge blow finally gave Kevin the perspective he needed to see where he was in his life. “I needed help and I sought it.”

A month later he arrived at Action on Addiction’s Clouds House where he began his journey to recovery. He was there for six weeks, working through their programme.

“It was tough. I felt like leaving on numerous occasions.” But he stuck to it, and after he had completed the course, was referred to another treatment service where he spent a further six difficult months.

During this time he was given counselling and learned new ways to process his feelings. He took part in reading and writing assignments and therapeutic creative writing and art workshops. Being around other people struggling like he was, taught him how to have fun without drugs or alcohol. He met many new people and made some lifelong friends.

Rediscovering that he really enjoys helping people, Kevin applied to Action on Addiction’s Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, and was accepted onto a foundation degree in Addictions Counselling course.

After completing a placement at Clouds House, where his recovery began, he became part of the team in Bournemouth, working as a full-time Addictions Counsellor. “I have been in post for two and a half years and can honestly say with my hand on my heart… I love my job. I have been clean and sober for almost nine years now and still remember what rock bottom was like.”

He now has a great relationship with his children and grandchildren, and sees them regularly.

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Action on Addiction runs treatment and recovery programs for drug and alcohol addicts all across the UK.
I have been clean and sober for almost 9 years now and still remember what that rock bottom was like. I see my family regularly and have a great relationship with them all, and now have a great job with the charity who helped me.
Kevin - Recovering Addict
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