1st August 2023

“I finally feel as though I can be free.”

When Cara Delevingne uttered those words in her recent interview with Elle magazine, we thought, that’s it! That’s what recovery is all about, but how does one get that?

Last year, the internet was littered with videos and photographs of the famous model, looking lost and dishevelled and acting erratically in public. You may have seen interviews from her friends and family members, who were clearly concerned for her well-being.

Today, she speaks openly about her struggles, but the most interesting bit is she is now nine months sober after finally surrendering to herself that she had a problem. After attending treatment, and regular 12-step meetings, she continues to work on herself, and the result? She feels freedom and can live in a way she never thought she’d be able to.

When we’re in active addiction, our daily lives are tied to the daily struggle of finding the next drink or drug or fix of whatever behaviour or substance we are chained to. It can feel more than a full-time job, or maybe six full-time jobs that we must do all at once. It is exhausting, demoralising, and quite honestly, a terrible and desperate existence.

We put our drug of choice before everything else. Everything.

It is possible to live a life where we can let go completely and be free of the daily grind of addiction. Imagine what amazing things we could do without its constant demands. Life in recovery can give us freedom to do whatever we want if we choose to accept help.

But what does freedom really mean? Cara explains her sobriety and recovery like this, ‘I’m able to live in a way that I never thought I would be able to, where I can really experience things and engage with them. I never thought I would be able to enjoy anything this much.’

We want you to know we are here if you need us. The freedom Cara talks about is possible for everyone. We offer free, time-unlimited group therapy to anyone struggling with addiction in Hertfordshire. To find out more about what we do, or to book an assessment with one of our Counsellors - who all have lived experience of addiction and recovery – please do get in touch. We are here to help.