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Inspirational Recovery

Alumni Cathryn Kemp does all she can to help others with painkiller addictions

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Alumni Cathryn Kemp has been working tirelessly to get better help and understanding for people who become addicted to painkillers after revealing her own experience of dependence and subsequent detoxification at PROMIS in her book “Coming Clean: Diary Of A Painkiller Addict by Cathryn Kemp (Little Brown, £10.99)” Cathryn has also founded a charity “Painkiller […]


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Alumni Michael McDowell stands up for the needs of addicts

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I was proud as punch to read of the brave and tireless work that PROMIS alumni, Michael McDowell, is doing in getting help and support for addicts on the streets of Belfast In a piece today in The Irish News, Michael was quoted as saying: Michael McDowell, of drug outreach group Belfast Experts By Experience, […]


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Interview with Clare Kennedy, founder of Kennedy St & Co

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Robin Lefever’s Interview with Clare Kennedy, founder of Kennedy St & Co   For many of us in recovery, the idea of going out to a bar is a terrifying prospect. Will I be laughed at for ordering an orange juice? Will the shelves stacked with spirit bottles be too tempting to resist? But Brighton […]


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Looking In From the Outside

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

An experienced Recovery Coach from the States paid our Hay Farm clinic a visit and gave us an account of his observations that we are happy to share with you. We thank Dr. Ronald W. Hill for his kind and insightful thoughts. Recently I had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the PROMIS residential treatment […]


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The Power That Lies Within The Heart

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

The peace that passeth all understanding The Heart is the messenger of Life, I discovered that with my spiritual partner Carmel in the summer of 2005 while working on the creation of a new spiritual workshop in a small cottage on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland. We had been earnestly […]


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How it was, how it is now…

Monday, December 10th, 2012

This is a poem from one of our patients about her recovery for those that might not be able to see a way out; there is always hope and a different way of feeling, living and being. How it was The wall to the west is built of fears The eastern one of unshed tears […]


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Strawberries – For Today and Only For Today

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

A man had been walking in the desert for so long that he could no longer remember where he came from. He was truly lost & without hope, and laid down in the sand waiting for death to take him.

Just then the figure of a woman emerged from the shimmering heat and took his hand. “Come with me” she said. She helped him to his feet and they walked for some time until they came to a village where she took him into her house. “You can stay here with me.”

The woman nursed him back to health and soon he was well enough to help her with the household chores. One day she asked him to go to the market and bring back food for their evening meal. “Gladly, but I have no money” said the man.


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The Emptiness

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

We have all experienced that deep sense of unfulfillment, that emptiness that is just crying out…screaming to be filled. In these seemingly dire circumstances, we immediately start working out new ways to fill ourselves once more, to fill this seemingly unbearable emptiness. The behaviour is familiar: find someone or something new to make a new […]


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Letter from an ex-patient

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

I am writing this short piece by way of a heartfelt thanks to Promis and their way to a sustained recovery. As a former patient their programme has totally transformed my life from the blackest part of hell to a wonderful, purposeful and enjoyable place. I initially attended Promis with the idea that all I […]


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Back to the Future

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

For a long time, when dealing with depression, psychotherapy has worked with the past and psychology has worked with the present to manage symptoms. More recently some therapies have begun to look into the future for a solution.


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