“This month marks an incredible milestone for me. This is the month that I will celebrate two years of sobriety and freedom from using drugs.
“Two years ago, I was released from prison. This was not my first release from prison. I had served two long sentences and had undergone five terms in drug rehabilitation centres. Drinking alcohol and using tablets had set me on the path toward hard drugs. I struggled to break the vicious cycle of using drugs, but despite my strong resolve and willpower, I could not overcome my addiction and would relapse. My enforced sobriety in prison amongst other attempts to quit and remain dry would last for some time, but I would ultimately succumb to the peer pressure of friends whom I found difficult to resist amidst the appeal of the familiar haunts of coffee shops and void decks.
“The frequency of returning to prison took its toll on my relationship with my family, and I became increasingly isolated from them.
“I was introduced to WE CARE by a concerned friend and when I came to visit, in August 2014, I immediately felt a sense of relief, a feeling of belonging in the warm, welcoming and friendly environment. I work with the counsellors and the recovery staff here at WE CARE, to help me deal with relapse risk factors. I participate in the many recreational activities available here. I also have the opportunity to pick up new skills by attending computer and English classes.
“This year's Hari Raya festivities hold a special meaning in my journey of recovery. I was able to reconcile old misunderstandings and repair the relationship with my stepfather with whom I was previously estranged.
“Over the past two years, I have made many friends amongst the fellow recovering persons as well as with the recovery-staff at WE CARE. We draw strength from each other, and support and inspire each other on our journey.
"I often think to myself: If they can do it, so can I. Going by what I have experienced over the last two years, I am very hopeful and optimistic for what lies ahead.”
Do you have an inspiring story to share? We are always on a lookout for patrons who can help us raise awareness and reduce the stigma linked to addiction. We often provide case studies to help people better understand and appreciate the problem of addiction.
We thank you for your support and greatly appreciate your willingness to share with us your story.
Please be assured that WE CARE will handle participant’s personal information with anonymity and respect.
If you would like to share your story, please do not hesitate to email Yvonne@wecare.org.sg or write to us directly (Attention to Yvonne).
If you prefer to be interviewed, please contact Yvonne to book an appointment at 6547 5459.
WE CARE Community Services invites you and your fiends to come and be part of a unique and fun-filled team challenge across some of Singapore's iconic locations - and all for an excellent cause. Your participation in this urban adventure will help WE CARE raise funds to support families and those affected by drugs, alcohol, and other compulsive behaviors like gambling, gaming and shopping. This year's theme is 'Art-in-motion'. Bring your team spirit. Clear exciting art-based challenges to win points. Finish on time.
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Family & Friends Support Group *new*
WE CARE is starting a new ongoing support group called “Family and Friends Support Group”. This ongoing weekly group is conducted by WE CARE counsellors. It is meant for spouses, lovers, parent, lovers , children or friends affected by an addicted loved one.
"Family & Friends" teaches effective strategies for self care and coping with addiction. The support group focuses on changing the way you interact with the addicted loved one. "Family & Friends" is based on the CRAFT Model & SMART Recovery tools. We will touch on important topics that family members tend to experience, like
The goals for "Family & Friends" are
"Family & Friends" is scheduled on every Thursday, 7pm to 830pm, at WE CARE. The first session will start on 16 August 2018. This will replace the FREE workshop wef now.
If you are an affected family member or friend and you wish to attend "Family & Friends", contact Alex (6547 5459 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.
SMART stands for Self-Management & Recovery Training. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. All facilitators are registered SMART Recovery Facilitators.
SMART Recovery Details
Day: Every Thursday
Timing: 300pm to 430pm
Venue: WE CARE, 11 Jalan Ubi
SMART is an ongoing closed group & is catered for individuals with a history of addictions. Interested participants are required to undergo a clinical intake before attending SMART Recovery.
If interested, please email to email@example.com