DOUG began his journey with Quintin Warner House (QWH), Mission Services of London’s addiction treatment branch, in 2002. He graduated from the program in the early 2000s and enjoyed 12 years of sobriety before, unfortunately, slipping back into his former lifestyle.
Before coming to QWH, Doug had tried many short-term, 12-step programs that gave him inspiration to live clean – but only for a few weeks or months at a time. “The 12-step programs never seemed to click with me,” Doug notes.
The first time he came to Quintin Warner House, Doug was on methadone to wean him off other addictions; few addiction treatment facilities at the time admitted clients who were taking methadone but QWH decided for the path least travelled, believing that support of clients expressing a readiness for sobriety, even while on methadone, could be an early step in their recovery journey.
Now, fast forward to 2017, when Doug was arrested on drug trafficking charges after a slow slide-back into his old habits. His relapse began with drinking after learning of his mother’s cancer diagnosis; he isolated himself from the world and after starting to drink again, “there’s no stop sign to doing drugs,” Doug shares. While it was a difficult time, he is thankful for the arrest because it was the wake-up call he needed in order to seek help.
After his sister bailed him out of jail, Doug lived with her in London for a month before becoming a client of Quintin Warner House once again. He was near death due to his substance abuse but wanted his life back. This time, Doug was more open to speaking about his past and was completely ready to get sober.
“Quintin Warner House is more designed to deal with trauma and other experiences from your past, which I found much better than just reading the same steps to follow in a 12-step program,” Doug explains. “Counsellors at Quintin Warner House look into your heart and soul. You’re not a number here; they care about you, your well-being, and your mental health.”
“The best thing about Quintin Warner House,” Doug continues, “is that we’re told and taught that we matter and we’re valuable people, not bad people; we have just made some bad choices.”
Doug feels much happier and healthier since returning to London. After having graduated from Quintin Warner House on April 4th, 2018, he is staying in one of the program’s Annex houses; he is working on finding permanent housing and a place of employment.
Doug credits Quintin Warner House with his newfound lease on life. While it has been a tough journey having to open up and discuss past trauma, he feels it has been worth it. Doug finishes by explaining that “Quintin Warner House is better than any 12-step program because of the amount of care and compassion that everyone here gives you. It’s tough, but it’s great.”
Written by Rachel Ganzewinkel, Communications & PR Coordinator