I look at the pre-treatment stabilization centre as a place for clients to recognize their abilities to address their substance use despite the extreme external changes. It provides hope for clients that sobriety can be maintained through crisis.
When the effects of this pandemic became more apparent, it created a lot of tension, concern, confusion, and worry. What would happen with my job? My family and friends? But most importantly, what will happen to all the clients on our waitlist?
I was grateful to learn that not only would Renascent’s doors remain open and counsellors would keep their jobs, but changes were being made to ensure effective programming was available to our clients in need. When the opportunity was presented to work at the pre-treatment centre, I was reminded of the commitment I made to this field of work. It was time to step up where help was needed, and although the fear of the pandemic was very real, the decision to transition was easy.
As a recovering addict, I understand the importance of togetherness and feeling connected, so I was excited to know I would have time during the initial stages of this plan to share some mindful meditation practices with the clients, and they loved it! These were clients who have struggled to process their emotions, and are often unable to sit still in a quiet space without feeling antsy, but were now looking forward to meditating every day.
I noticed clients weren’t as worried about going for walks or not being able to see their families; instead they started noticing how valuable this time can be if used the right way. Renascent was able to get through a world crisis without shutting its doors!