A New Future
Thursday 24th September
At The Nehemiah Project we’ve spent over twenty years helping people on their journey of recovery from substance abuse. Working intensively with individuals, who are ready to break free from addiction, our core programme comprises two stages with the first A New Future focussing on challenging old habits and introducing new ways of thinking. A great deal of emphasis is placed on getting residents to look inwards and consider their responses to situations, reinforcing the message that whilst it’s not always possible to manage external events we can usually, however, control the way in which we respond to them.
Introducing organisational skills is another core component of what we do. For someone who has spent much of their life locked into the chaos that drug and alcohol abuse usually brings, creating order is fundamental in helping them break free from bad habits. Men looking to turn their lives around need the stability that order brings - this is especially true for those who have been victims of a dysfunctional or abusive childhood - and we do this by introducing routine. Residents are encouraged to work to a timetable which includes contributing to daily chores, engaging in process groups, attending educational sessions and taking part in counselling and meditation. Residents are also encouraged to keep a journal.
A New Future is run over twelve weeks with each week focussing on a different life skill. There are a number of topics covered such as Healthcare, Managing Finances, Finding Accommodation, Relationships etc and the object is to equip our residents with all the skills necessary to integrate comfortably into society. The Process Groups are aimed at personal reflection and encourage the men to speak openly about what brought them to their current situation. Often, these group sessions can expose old wounds and be quite testing with residents working through issues together, sharing experiences and challenging one another to find ways of resolving conflict. Being frank and honest is crucial, though, in developing the healing process.
Recently we received a small funding grant for computers which will greatly enhance the sessions both in providing additional resources as well as enabling us to augment our training.
Our programmes have been helping men for over two decades and with recent Home Office figures showing that 55%of drug users admitted to committing offences in connection with their substance use and ‘needing money to buy drugs’ we know we run an essential service. We look forward to the next twenty years of creating A New Future for more men who will want to transform their lives and we look forward to an even newer future when our services will no longer be needed.