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60 Seconds with Alan

Posted on 26/05/19

1). What does Silkworth mean to you?  

Silkworth gives me the chance to do something I’m very passionate about, which is supporting, helping and educating people, Alcoholic/Addicts & their families & children in their recovery processes from the disease of Addiction/Alcoholism. I’ve lost my brother to Addiction and my family and children nearly lost me to It! So If I can be a part of giving someone their brother, sister, mother, father or child back then that in turn means a lot to me. As long as I have a breath in me, I will always be at Silkworth. So you could say It means a great deal to me, which it does!!

2). You are the Treatment Director at Silkworth, can you tell us a bit about that please?

Being the Treatment Director is something I am proud of, It brings a lot of responsibilities and challenges, but I enjoy the process. I developed the rehabilitation programme and the added psycho-educational workshops & assignments that our clients undertake. I also continue to train our evolving counseling team. The main thing that keeps me grounded with the position, the title & the responsibilities that come with it, is that I remember, I am responsible TO and not FOR clients, processes & other people.

3). What is your favourite part of the day? 

I wouldn’t say I have a specific favourite part of the day as such, I’m fortunate in the sense I enjoy the working day & facilitating therapy groups and sessions, but Graduations are the highlight for myself as an Addictions Therapist. When a client completes rehabilitation and graduates from their treatment programme, and the families and children are present during this, then there is nothing to beat It. 

4). What would you say to someone who is thinking of coming to Silkworth but is nervous about taking that first step?

I usually offer a lot of re-assurance and motivation, I also just say to them: Listen If you have the courage to continue taking life threatening amounts of drink and drugs, surely you have the courage to walk through the doors of Silkworth Lodge. This is more often than not met with a wry smile, but also, they usually end up walking through the door!!  

5). What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am passionate about rugby & motor sports, Formula 1, Rallying & especially Moto GP, I have my own motorbike which I get out on as much as possible. And If there is any sort of rugby or motor sport on TV I will be watching it. I also enjoy walking on the many cliff paths and other places on the island

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