My personal journey into recovery began in 1999 after battling with addictions for many years (both substances and behavioural addictions). After relapsing 6 months later I carried on in my self-destructive pattern of behaviour for another 2 more painful years. It was only after losing yet another relationship and job as a consequence of my addiction at the time that I realised for myself that I could not carry on living the way I had been and that I needed to seek professional help.
I have been in recovery for almost 17 years since then and whilst life has its ups and downs, it is infinitely more satisfying than any years I spent in active addiction.
Most of my life I have been hyper-sensitive and struggled with chronic low self-esteem and feelings of isolation and separation and I held deep negative core beliefs about myself …namely fear of being alone and fear of being a failure, which started to become a self-fulfilling prophecy whilst in active addiction.
From the day I made the brave decision to tackle my addictions face on and start to move from the problem into the solution, I have begun to develop true meaningful relationships (with myself and others) and have found an “authentic purpose” in life, both of which have been instrumental and the key changes to my overall well-being and happiness. Successful recovery requires “abstinence and change”, both of which are vital and one not possible without the other.
I founded Rehab 4 Addiction 10 years ago to help facilitate both addicts and their families suffering from addiction and mental health problems to find the best possible chance to access treatment in the UK and abroad.
With the help of my brilliant team, I have since helped over 8000 addicts (and their families) on the road to recovery This work gives me immense satisfaction, and I am passionate about helping addicts recover and seeing families reunited with new hope and a fresh start in life. It is such a blessing and keeps me energised in both myself and for helping others.
I’m Hannah, I have been working with Rehab 4 Addiction for 4 years and in the field for 7 years overall working as head of admissions and referrals for some of the UK’s leading addiction rehab centres.
My own journey into recovery started after many years of drug and alcohol addiction, resulting in huge damage to my relationship with my self and others, self-esteem, health and my ability to lead a “normal” life.
I would consistently build my life back up after a binge………. new job, perhaps move to a new area and then after a short period of time I would be back at square one again. This was my life for many years, never progressing, making and running from one disaster after another. This eventually brought me to my knees. I felt like a shell of my former self. My life had become so isolated, all I wanted to do was hide in my house, with the curtains closed. When I ventured outside, my anxiety was so awful that I was unable to cope.
I reached a point where I felt I couldn’t continue in my addiction and I didn’t know how to continue living without using either. I was at breaking point.
It was then at my absolute lowest that I got professional help for my addiction. Recovery has taught me so much but one of the most valuable things is that I can sit in my own skin comfortably now, I don’t have to change my reality, I’m happy to be me. I’m absolutely passionate about helping people start their journey into recovery.
I began my personal journey into recovery in August 2005.
Having had a great deal of help from some amazing people along the way, in 2011, I decided on a complete change of career and have dedicated the last 10 years to working in the field of addiction.
I have been very fortunate to have worked in most areas of addiction treatment, which has provided me with extremely valuable experience over the last decade.
I began working at a treatment centre in Suffolk and initially trained as a support worker and studied an NVQ in Health and Social Care.
As my desire for personal development and helping others grew, I felt a strong desire to embark on what would become a 4-year study and culminate in a degree in Person-Centred (Humanistic) counselling. This is an achievement that I could never have dreamt of and something that only recovery itself, has made possible.
Since gaining my qualification as a counsellor, I have become a registered member of the BACP and have worked for and managed Rehab Referrals and Admission teams, at some of the UK’s leading treatment centres.
Most importantly of all, I have had the pleasure of witnessing people turn their lives around, families reuniting with their loved ones and individuals going on to lead happy, purposeful and productive lives, which is something that I continue to feel passionate about and grateful for.
Boris is our editor-in-chief at Rehab 4 Addiction. He also covers a variety of topics relating to addiction and recovery. Boris is an addiction therapist and assists in the alcohol detox process.
Boris graduated from Sheffield University in 1992. Boris worked as a regional journalist for many years. However, in 2000, Boris developed alcohol-use disorder and decided to halt his journalism career. He entered treatment and 12-step groups and has been sober for over 20 years.
Being in recovery and getting recovery are two very different processes. They come with two very different burdens and consequently are both very hard to manage.
I’ve had to manage my recovery on several levels because I’ve needed to get into recovery from several addictions. I’ve suffered from eating disorders, gaming addiction, sex addiction, love addiction and avoidance, workaholism, drug addiction and worst of all codependence.
It all started when I was a child and through poor teachings, abuse, bullying, berating, mocking, weight issues, health defects etc I learned I wasn’t valuable. I then behaved as though I was worthless and allowed others to treat me that way. When I found escapisms like games and drugs, nothing hurt as much and they became my solutions thus my addictions.
Since I have entered recovery, I have completed degrees, training and self-exploration, that has allowed me the capacity to become a Psychotherapist, and able to aide others suffering the way I have and do.
I have worked as the lead therapist in well known private residential rehabs across the UK, setting up a rehabilitation centre In Pakistan, as a clinical director. I have been offered a job in Arizona, ‘the meadows’, where I have trained to the most advanced level in post-induction therapy.
I have trained with Pia Melody and Claudia Black, worked alongside and mentored by Hilary Betts and I now own a private residential rehabilitation retreat for adolescents and their families, in Hertfordshire.
I have worked very hard at becoming all I can be for me, in hope that you might recognise the journey into recovery and happiness can be made by you.
Dr Iqbal is a consultant psychiatrist who carries out home detoxes and outpatient therapy on our behalf.
Dr Iqbal is fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK with a licence to practice since 1999, and on the GMC Specialist Register for General Psychiatry since 2013 (GMC number 4579557).
Dr Iqbal is fully indemnified by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) for NHS and private medical and psychiatric practice.
Dr Iqbal uses talking therapies and medication in combination with the safe and timely recovery of his patients. Dr Iqbal has a special interest in Psychotherapy, and he is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Human Givens Therapy.
You can learn more about Dr Iqbal here.