Our aims are to provide recovery from alcohol abuse to the benefit of the individual and of family, friends and the wider community as well as reducing the levels of alcohol dependency within Mid Essex and to educate people about the risks involved in the use of alcohol.
We review our aims, objectives and activities each year. This review looks at what we achieved and the outcomes of our work in the previous 12 months; it also looks at the success of each key activity and the benefits they have brought. By going through this process we can ensure that we remain focused. We refer to the guidance provided by Charity Commission when going through this review as well as in planning our future activities.
The strategies used to achieve our goals include:
- offering a residential and non-residential therapeutic programme and practical support to those in the early days of recovery following alcohol abuse, including a move-on facility,
- providing a range of services which address the potential problems related to alcohol abuse and,
- focussing upon limiting the harm which comes with alcohol abuse, not only for the individual but also their family and friends and the wider community.
Clients can present in the very early, difficult days of recovery from prolonged alcohol abuse or addiction and (in the case of our core residential clients) homeless. Our service is very staff and volunteer intensive and can extend over many months for individual clients.
Over a period of time, we observe a marked and sustained positive shift from an initially very low state of mind, body and spirit. Clients reach an understanding of the illness of addiction and by working any underlying issues, shed guilt and shame, develop acceptance, improved confidence and self-esteem and a sense of being a valued part of the community.
We promote a firm grounding in their ability to stay and live sober, knowledge of self, practical goals for healthy living and a strong support network provided by our aftercare programme.
Improved relations with family and friends, training or employment goals also pave the way for moving on to progressively more independent living.
However, the impact of our work goes far beyond those we help directly and includes reducing the distress suffered by the families and friends of our clients.