Sometimes it is just enough for people to be able to talk to someone who understands them.Peter Roberts
I did the training as a peer mentor with Aurora in August 2016 just after finishing a 6 month residential rehab myself. I find working with people struggling with addiction extremely rewarding. Having battled with an alcohol problem myself I find that I easily identify with the clients and appreciate the problems they face. The clients themselves are grateful to be able to talk to someone who has experienced addiction first hand and may have some experience and be able to support them in their journey towards recovery. Sometimes it is just enough for people to be able to talk to someone who understands them. Other times they may need practical help with letters, phone calls or accompanying them to difficult meetings to do with social services, benefits or the legal services. Being a peer mentor keeps me focused on my own recovery. And it is not always doom and gloom as we often can find humour in what we discuss and laugh together at the mistakes we have all made along the way! I would recommend peer mentoring with Aurora as it has brought me many rewards and helped me reintegrate back in to normal living and the interaction with people is a real confidence builder.