Silkworth Lodge opened in 2002 and is part of the Families in Recovery Trust, to support people with drug and alcohol problems and their families.
Upon entering Silkworth Lodge, I was a desperate and mentally destroyed, shell of a person. My alcoholism was on the verge of taking everything from me. I was driving my family away and despised myself for what I was doing to them. I felt lonely, worthless and hopeless.
The staff at Silkworth Lodge started to build me up, they made me feel that I was worth something, they helped me to feel safe and they taught me about alcoholism. Silkworth introduced me to the 12 step programme and I started to look at myself honestly for the first time. It was a journey of self discovery and one that I will never forget. Gradually I began to feel better and get stronger. My family saw that in me too and they also started to gain hope and trust in this programme.
Towards the end of my stay, I started to feel hope and faith that this could work for me, as long as I used the tools which were given to me in treatment. I gained strength and started to feel good about myself, which had been so alien to me, for so long. I began to break free from the never ending circle of chaos and destruction that comes with alcoholism. This was my foundation for recovery.
Looking back, going into rehabilitation was one of the most unnerving but best decisions I have ever made. I will be forever grateful to Silkworth as I now have my life back and most of all, the love of my family, which is my most valued possession.
I cannot thank the staff at Silkworth highly enough, they have changed all our lives so much. I used to think that living with an alcoholic was a way of life and could not be treated but Silkworth proves that it is a disease that can be managed, and give families like ours a much brighter future.
Silkworth Lodge made me realise there was life without drugs. Before I
was totally sick and my life was falling apart. I couldn’t hold a
job down, my family didn’t want to know me. Now, my family loves and
trust me, I’m actually doing something with my life now and I never
thought I could get this far.
I would not have my marriage, my business, my home, my good relations with my family and friends and indeed, realistically, probably my life, if it had not been for my stay in Silkworth Lodge.