Chief Executive, He Waka Tapu
Can we make “recovery” beautiful? Not instead of being “functional or clinical” but more importantly, can we make recovery about pursuing a better life? I think we can, and although progress will not always be at lightning speed - we are slowly getting better at responding to these types of questions.
It would be fair to say that many organisations struggle to be excellent at aftercare. In fact, my organisation struggled to be ordinary. We had no knowledge, apart from the anecdotal, about the impact our treatment and relationships had on our 8 week residential programme for people with alcohol and other drug addictions. Whaiora Online (In Maori, “whaiora” means people pursuing wellness) is the 3 year result of a trialled and tested tool that documents the behaviour change of nearly 300 clients post discharge. We now have over 92,000 pieces of data that detail our contribution towards outcomes that are achieved in a person’s life in addition to the data we collect about treatment. I suppose this experience means that we are software creators now – great for a C.V. that was looking decidedly conservative.
If like us, you believe that staying connected, supporting, validating and cheering the results of clients in recovery then I’d like to hear from you – a response from you allows me to add international relations to that conservative C.V.
Outside of my professional life, my joy comes from belonging to a large family, planning trips abroad with my wife, and a triathlon planned for December 2017.