Greeting for 2014 and New Years Eve in The Living Room, Cardiff

rsz_img_0305First of all, Ash and I would like to wish you all the best for 2014.

As some of you will know, Ash first developed the Daily Dose website for me back in 2001. We worked together for a number of years and then lost touch for awhile. However, we got in touch with each other again about a year ago and Ash developed the Recovery Stories website for me. Yesterday, we met for the first time in years when I visited him in Cilfrew (near Neath), South Wales. It was good to see him and his family after such a long time.

My two youngest children – Sam and Natasha – and I have been staying with Wynford Ellis Owen and his wife Meira just north of Cardiff. Wynford developed and runs The Living Room Recovery Centre in Cardiff. We attended their New Year Eve Party last night and had a great time. Thank you to all for helping us have such a great time.

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‘I was confronted by a sight I will not forget for as long as I live’ by Wynford Ellis Owen

rsz_img_2082My good friend Wynford Ellis Owen toured recovery centres and initiatives in the north-east of America late in 2010. He used some of the information he gleaned from this trip to help him build The Living Room recovery centre in Cardiff. Wynford wrote a number of blogs on this trip and here is part of one from mid-November 2010.

“People in recovery have a real understanding of what it means to struggle to be OK as opposed to what it means to struggle to seem OK.”

One of the many insightful sayings that punctuated my conversation over dinner this evening (Tuesday 9th November) with Roland Lamb, Director of the Office of Addiction Services in the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioural Health and Mental Retardation Services (DBH/MRS).

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