Recently, TV-presenter Davina McCall spoke to comedian John Bishop about her decision to tackle her drug addiction. The moment came when she realised that she had lost all the good people in her life. She admitted to Bishop, “There was one person left, and she was the one that said to me in the end, ‘Look, we’re all talking about you. You think you’ve got this kind of mask up and you’re kidding us all, but you’re not. We all know that you’re a junkie and we all know you’re taking heroin, or we all know that you’re lying to us the whole time. And I’m not going to stand around and watch it anymore’.” That was the turning point in her life. Davina realised that she had to do something and finally, she got help.
What Did Getting Help Mean to Davina?
Davina realised that she needed to change her life drastically. One of the things that she needed to change was dependability. She said, “I didn’t want to let anyone down – I will do anything not to let people down because when I was using, I was so unreliable and undependable. And so it was really important to me in recovery that, if I say I’m going to do something then I do it. If I’m going to be somewhere on time, I’m there; if I commit to something, it makes me feel bad if I don’t.”
This change helped her to complete a 7-day Sport Relief Challenge in 2014, where she swam, ran, and cycled across the UK. In the process, she raised £2 million for the charity. But the effects of her recovery were long-lasting, “Physically, I repaired myself pretty quickly, I was trained brilliantly, and I made quite a good recovery. But mentally, it stayed with me for ages, that feeling of, I could not stop crying. I mean I was empty, I’d never been like that ever.”
Today, the 49-year-old TV presenter is healthy and looking forward to a bright future.
What Should I Do If I Find Myself in a Similar Position?
Being an addict means that you have a very serious illness and that you need to get treatment as soon as possible. Drug addiction can be life-threatening, and you need to act sooner rather than later. That action starts with admitting that you have an addiction problem. This is by far the most important step in the process. You cannot change your behaviour (or its consequences) if you cannot admit to having a problem or if you do not see that there is an issue with your actions.
The next step is to contact Liberty House. We have trained staff who are ready, willing, and able to give you advice and assistance when you ask for it. Our therapists and counsellors are skilled and experienced in dealing with any problem that you may face when deciding to go into a rehabilitation programme. They will guide you when making decisions about the programme that you need to follow, the preparations that you need to make, and who (if anybody) you need to involve in the process.
What Treatment Options Do I Have?
Liberty House’s treatment programme consists of individual therapy. This is where you spend individual time with a therapist or a counsellor to talk about your issues and learn how to deal with them. We also use group therapy sessions to help you find solutions to problems that you are facing by seeing that you are not the only one with this problem. It also helps you build a support structure for yourself. Part of the therapy that we offer is art therapy, where you learn to express yourself through the medium of art. We also employ cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you learn new life skills and coping mechanisms in order to deal with life after rehab.
At Liberty House, we follow a 12-step treatment programme. This programme has been found to be very effective in dealing with addiction – whether it is drug addiction or any other kind of addiction. It helps you to focus on your recovery and everything that you need to not only recover but also to stay sober. In addition, we also encourage and teach our clients the benefits and art of meditation to help them to relax and recover from stress.
Our service offers immediate admittance to a safe and secure rehabilitation facility, where you will receive world-class help to beat your addiction. When you leave, we also offer your aftercare facilities to help you stay sober and continue your ongoing recovery.
Give us a call and take that all-important step.
Sources: (The Belfast Telegraph) Davina McCall reveals moment she decided to tackle drug addiction