Women Together groups are self-help support meetings open to all women affected by any addiction, who are at any stage on a journey of recovery and have an honest desire to beat their addiction. They are made up of ordinary women who are in recovery themselves and people who have supported others in their journey to freedom.
Our aim is to provide safe environments where women can be with others who share a common desire to overcome addictive behaviour, places where women can seek healing for one another. We give support and help women find freedom from the helplessness and trappings of addiction.
The team are not counsellors and do not offer clinical or professional advice. They simply provide an opportunity for women to meet together to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
We want women to regain the self confidence, self belief and self worth that addiction has stolen from them.
Here are some questions that people often ask.
What happens when I get there and what will we do?
We welcome you with a coffee or tea and a smile! You are not asked loads of questions. In the group someone shares something about their own experiences. We talk and share about how we are feeling today and what we've been struggling with, but only if we feel comfortable doing so. Sometime it's good to just sit and relax knowing you're in a safe place with people who understand and who accept you unconditionally. We end with a "thought for the day" , an affirmation to take away with us and the serenity prayer.
Women who are in recovery from an addiction and who want support and help to get through their journey or recovery.
Is it confidential?
Anonymity and confidentiality are fundamental requirements. As with all anonymous meetings, what is shared in the group stays in the group. The exception is any information shared which relates to safeguarding legislation (child protection or vulnerable adults) in which case disclosure may be necessary to comply with the law. This would be discussed in the first instance with the person sharing before any action is taken.
What will I get out of it?
Respect: each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruption.
Encouragement: we are here to support one another - working together for change by sharing ideas, thoughts, feeling and experiences. We are not here to "fix" another person.
Freedom: to express yourself honestly.
Tolerance: the group is an open space where we listen to and respect other people's opinions and views. The environment is safe to share in, secure and accepting.
Expression: we want to hear views and feelings honestly expressed, but depending on the size of the group. we may need to limit ourselves so that everyone has the opportunity to share if they would like to.
Is it religious?
It is not religious but some of us are Christians. As with Alcoholics Anonymous we recognise God as being our higher power. Whatever your faith you are welcome and equally you don't have to have a faith to attend.
What will it cost me?
It's all free.
Can I bring a friend?
If you have a friend who is also struggling with addiction please feel free to bring them along. It is a meeting only for those women who are recovering from an addiction.
When do we meet?
Meetings take place on Mondays 7.45 to 9pm at Shepherd Drive Baptist Church, Shepherd Drive, Pinewood, Ipswich, IP8 3SL and Thursdays from 1.30 to 2.30 at Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, Ipswich IP1 2JL. It is a drug and alcohol free meeting.