The Independence Initiative works with individuals, agencies and the community to facilitate the
long-term rehabilitation of people with a history of drug misuse and also provides support for
" I am easily influenced by other people so I thought this type of detox might be better for me."
"I have never had a detox experience like I had in here. I have walked out of other detoxifications time and time again due to other people. The one-to-one worked."
" The detox focuses on the most important thing, me ! There are no distractions, temptations or other peoples issues."
"You aren't made to feel that you are getting in the way. You don't have to ask for anything."
"I think that the day programme helps to occupy the day, as when you are bored during detox is when your mind starts to wander and think about drugs."
"I didn't always have to take part in lessons if I didn't want to. In here it is down to yourself and what you want to do."
"The experience was better than my expectations. I expected to be more like a private hospital room but it was more like a welcoming hotel."
"I felt more protected here than when doing a home detox. There were no outside influences."
" I didn't have to stick to a strict regime in here. I didn't have to take part in group discussions or confrontations, which is not always the best place to get things off your chest. Here I could do things in my own time."
"The one-to-one has taken me out of the daily grind of heroin and crack cocaine user lifestyle. I now feel that I have choices again."
"The individual basis puts you in a position where the only person you can let down is yourself. You can't give yourself that alibi unless you've got someone to provide it."
"Taking responsibility for my medication was important to me. It made me feel more like I was in control and like real life."