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My Experience in Rehabilitation. Embracing Simplicity at the Beginning of Your Recovery

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

One of the most beautiful flowers within all the great variety of Canary Islands botany
Canary Islands' flower


In celebration of three years of sobriety, I want to share my experience of rehab and the unique approach I took in my recovery journey. Throughout the month of June, I am joining the #LGTBTX community to commemorate this milestone and raise awareness about the importance of seeking support for both. In this blog, I want to highlight the significant role that postcards played in my communication during rehab and how it added a touch of simplicity to my recovery process, right from the very start

Arrival and First Impressions:

As I embarked on my journey to rehab, I had no idea what to expect. A regular outsourced driver collected me (also in recovery), and looking back, I realise how instrumental their support was. With a tearful farewell and my last sip of red wine, I embraced the unknown and prepared for a transformative experience.

A Warm Welcome and Detoxification:

Upon arriving at the rehab center, I was greeted by a wonderful assistant and a manager, who made me feel comfortable and understood from the start. The significance of a supportive reception cannot be overstated, especially for someone battling addiction. After undergoing a breathalyzer test and having my belongings checked, I surrendered myself to the detoxification process and slipped into a deep sleep.

Postcards: A Simple Form of Communication:

During my time in rehab, I made a conscious decision to disconnect from digital communication. Unlike my fellow residents, I didn't have a phone or any form of digital device. Instead, I communicated with my loved ones through the timeless charm of postcards. This deliberate choice allowed me to embrace simplicity and focus solely on my recovery journey.

The Benefits (and Charm) of Postcard Communication:

Communicating through postcards in rehab had several significant advantages. Firstly, it eliminated the distractions and potential triggers that can accompany modern forms of communication. By disconnecting from digital devices, I created a space of tranquility and concentration, aiding my recovery process.

Secondly, sending and receiving postcards provided a tangible and meaningful connection to my loved ones. In a world dominated by instant messaging and social media, the physical act of writing and receiving a postcard added a personal touch that can often be lost in digital interactions. Each card became a cherished memento, symbolizing love, support, and encouragement.

Lastly, my decision to communicate through postcards significantly reduced the risk of me becoming a flight risk. By removing the temptation of immediate and constant contact with the outside world, I could fully immerse myself in the rehab program, fostering a sense of accountability and dedication.

Embracing Simplicity in Recovery:

Choosing to communicate through postcards during rehab was a deliberate choice that aligned with my desire for simplicity and focus. It allowed me to prioritize my recovery, remain connected to loved ones in a meaningful way, and eliminate potential distractions. While this approach may not be suitable for everyone, it served as a powerful reminder that sometimes, taking a step back from the digital realm can provide clarity, peace, and an opportunity for profound personal growth.


In my journey of sobriety, the simplicity of communicating through postcards in rehab proved to be a transformative experience. By embracing this unconventional method, I disconnected from the noise of the digital world and found solace in a tangible and personal form of connection. As I celebrate three years of sobriety, I encourage others to explore alternative avenues of communication and consider how embracing simplicity can enhance their own recovery journey.

As always, take the best bits, for yourself. You often know the answers yourself but if not, check our other blogs | content. If you need to talk or message, then I can be reached via WhatsApp - 00 34 620757254

James x

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Sober 3 years.

21 June 2023

2 gay men - 1 holding a dog - both hosts of dry BNB's - part of dryholidays offering
James (host in Tenerife) with Tony (host in Scotland). Pic. Santa Cruz


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