THE WAY BACK – Official Trailer

THE WAY BACK – Official Trailer

Set for release in March 2020, Academy Award winner Ben Affleck stars in The Way Back, from Gavin O’Connor, Director of “The Accountant”.

Alcoholic Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him. But will it be enough to fill the void, heal the deep wounds of his past, and set him on the road to redemption?



In 2018 Ben Affleck spent time in a Treatment Centre for Alcohol Addiction.


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Love Recovery Nov 2018


Welcome to November’s edition of Love Recovery. This month we have chosen to focus on; Blocks, Therapy & Support. ECR has a team of expert professionals who can help recognise and work with people to get the best treatment for those that are in recovery. In this edition, we will be hearing from Sonja & Lester discussing these important topics.

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Adam’s journey to success

My name is Adam and I am a Trainee Support Worker here at East Coast Recovery. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to be a part of a team that offered me love, care, support and guidance from the moment I arrived. Having been in addiction for 15 years, not knowing why I continued to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, it was a relief to learn about the disease of addiction and to experience recovery by being shown a solution to the illness which was killing me.

Recovery has enabled me to be comfortable within myself and as a result, my relationships with my family & friends are being repaired and are continuing to grow from strength to strength. I always knew I was more than my addiction but couldn’t find a way out. East Coast Recovery opened the door to a life which that I could never have imagined. All I had to do was ask for help and follow in the footsteps of the men and women which had gone before me. 

I now have freedom from the pain and misery of my past and I have discovered a new energy and enthusiasm for life which I know is possible for anybody that wants it. 

Recovery maintenance post rehab

Many trained professionals would suggest that opioid addiction is a chronic drug and therefore treatment must be continuous. If an addict has been through a treatment programme, it is important to remember that “recovery” doesn’t come to a halt. While In treatment at ECR we teach the methods of the 12 Step intertwined with CBT therapy, Neuroscience, and therapeutic methods to help people understand what addiction is and why someone is demonstrating these traits. It is important that recovery becomes a part of life and is a part of day to day living; we speak to many people who regularly attend meetings, practice the 12 Step at home and manage to live a “normal life”. This is because they recognise that recovery is essential. Some ex-clients will seek regular counseling to maintain what they have already learned about addiction. all recovery plans are specific to the individual and engaging with family, friends and external support services will be a positive force in long-term recovery.

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Sonja discusses blocks into recovery

Blocks into recovery come In many forms, I see this daily in my role, the most common blocks are;

  • Fears of change and the unfamiliar
  • Daily life such as; employment, relationships, and family
  • People believe that they’re not good enough
  • Fear of the 12 Step
  • Think there is “another way”

In general, it’s all about separation, people suffering from drug/alcohol issues will do everything they can to separate themselves from others making themselves an exception to the rule. In the “Big Book” it states that an alcoholic doesn’t turn into a safe drinker, this is the same for addicts I have never seen a drug addict turn into a safe user. Addicts and alcoholics seem to be in a delusion that they are enjoying their life of using and drinking, however when they are confronted and speak honestly and openly about how they feel, the reality of their painful experiences’ come to the surface.

Blocks are about a mental state as an addict can’t see the truth from the false about themselves. Delusion is the big block and the way to overcome this is to engage with a strong recovery community and access all the help available.  


The most amazing loving place with people that truly care about each individual. I was broken when I arrived, by the time I left I had so much knowledge about my disease and tools to help me keep my sobriety. Eternal thanks to all of you for helping me with getting my life back.

Social circles post rehab

Rehabilitation can lead to wonderful things and endless possibilities that were once thought out of reach. Preparing for life post-rehab can be daunting, but once the mind is clear, with the right support people can live a life of sobriety. The most common feelings that someone may feel are; boredom, loneliness & helplessness, this is normal because as someone progresses through treatment their wants, needs and social interactions change. Remember there are lots of non-alcohol & drugs-related activities available to engage with such as ;

  • Join a gym
  • Volunteer
  • Play sports
  • Go to the cinema
  • Interact with your “recovery community”e.g. people in treatment at the same time.
  • Engage with new work colleagues
  • Create a daily routine 
  • Attend fellowship meetings

Community treatment or residential care?

Community treatment

  • Requires willpower from people with addicted personalities
  • Detoxing in an environment which could be a contributing factor to their addiction
  • Unknown support network
  • Limited therapy from external sources
  • Is there any recovery knowledge provided?

Residential treatment

  • Surrounded by trained people to help facilitate recovery
  • A structured environment where temptation is managed
  • Living in a clean, sober environment
  • Interaction with expert professionals who will help address the reason why the brain turns to drugs/alcohol
  • 24 hour supported care
  • Recovery focused addressing individual needs
  • Aftercare treatment available

Russell Peberdy
Would definitely recommend East coast recovery for anyone with an addiction who is willing to get clean. This has been one of the best things I have done for my mental and physical health and life in general. I have been able to learn a lot about myself and the disease of addiction, how to get and stay clean and how to live my life so I’m happy and living my life to it’s full more
Paulene Walcott
East Coast Recovery is without a doubt the best rehab by far! The love and care they all give is tangible, which also allows them to challenge firmly(which all us addicts and alcoholics desperately need, even if we don’t think we do). I love them all and trust me, rehabs costing three times as much cannot touch ECR when it comes to true addiction more

Love Recovery – September 2018


Welcome to Love Recovery. As this is our first newsletter in 2018 we thought that we would celebrate the success of our clients both past and present! Inspiration comes to us all and the past 6 weeks has been no exception.
Every week we take our clients out to take part in an activity, over the weeks we have been bowling, walking on the beach and quasar to name a few. Our featured activity in August was a trip to Africa Alive and everyone had a brilliant time, it is always a pleasure to see our clients enjoying themselves on their road to recovery! We are looking forward to Septembers activities.

Adam’s Adventures

East Coast Recovery are extremely proud of Adam, he is an ex client of ours and is now a Trainee Support worker here. Adam completed the Dunwich Dynamo cycle event where he cycled from Suffolk to London. Here is what Adam had to say about his achievement. “I would like to thank everyone who has helped me  and all the team at East Coast Recovery. One day at a time I get to live a life I can be proud of and I never thought I would be doing things like this”

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Lester’s Words of Wisdom

I would like to start by thanking all our partners and friends who have supported us to navigate the difficult journey of the ever-present cutbacks that the addiction field is seemingly always battling with! A MASSIVE heartfelt thank you to all our FANTASTIC staff that ALWAYS go the extra mile in delivering the message of Recovery, while ensuring a very high level of care, love and attention to client’s, as well as their families and loved ones. We regularly witness people attain a life-long solution in regards to addiction and rebuild their lives.

Over my 27 years of working closely with people suffering from addiction disorder, I have come to the firm conclusion that addiction is a spiritual (higher minded) detachment, leading to a mental disorder. Effective treatment or Recovery, I believe, is ALWAYS possible!

The reason I think some people either struggle to recover, or do not recover at all, is really quite simple, they don’t get enough treatment or – probably more importantly – the right kind of treatment. It’s an empirical and common-sense based fact that some people need a lot of treatment for a long time, and others need a lot of treatment for a shorter time. But in my experience they are going to need a lot of the right kind of treatment at the beginning of their recovery journey.

When I started out on my own recovery journey most people I met had never known anyone who had become drug, alcohol and mind-altering substance free. In fact many believed it was simply not possible! My main message for this East Coast Recovery news letter is that recovery is always possible! If someone is not recovering and becoming abstinent, it’s more than likely that it is simply because they are not getting enough treatment or the ‘right’ kind… like most illnesses!


“I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to go to East coast Recovery, it is honestly the best thing I have ever done. I was 6 years soba on 13th April 2018. I was there for 12 weeks and I walked away a transformed person. If I hadn’t had the chance and taken it I would probably be dead”

“I’ve never been to ECR but I know many whose lives have been saved and Improved by the unconditional love and support from the  ECR team.” Long may it continue” .

“I came into treatment completely broken inside, I really struggled at the begining, but the love, support, empathy and compassion from staff and clients, helped me heal. The tools I learnt at ECR have Been invaluable in my life and I will be eternally grateful. Thank you so much x”

My Perspective: Sonja on Progression

Progression to me means moving forward and developing, getting better and becoming successful in all areas of life. I have learned this from my time being around the 12 step forum, from my own experiences and the experiences of others that progression comes from, willingness, open mindedness, hard work, learning from mistakes, believing we’re good enough and accepting you need help. Once your mind is on fire, alive and raring to go then I believe progression is a natural development we experience.

Sonja Pewter

Sonja Pewter

Support Team Manager

I have been totally abstinent from alcohol and drugs for over eleven years, also having not smoked cigarettes for over four years. I still attend…

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Leah’s Journey

Hi my name is Leah and I am a recovering addict. This isn’t something which I was always aware of, and it took me a lot of soul searching and acceptance to be able to say this with conviction.

I grew up in Bristol, where drinking and taking drugs seemed normal, and from the age of 14 I was drinking and smoking canabis. This spiraled, as addiction does and by the age of 24 I was using crack and heroin. My daughter had reminded me that Christmas time 2010 I was released from hospital following another stint in intensive care at the time I didn’t consider her feelings I was extremely selfish. I was so poorly and utterly convinced that I was over with using, but within a week I was buying drugs again.

At the time my mum worked in the health sector and told me about East Coast Recovery, before coming here I had no idea about addiction or even what the word meant. Throughout my whole using days I only knew that I always had to be something other than me. I arrived at ECR in March 2011, and My Journey into recovery began. At the start everything was such a whirlwind and all I knew is that I desperately wanted to be OK.

I found it helpful that some of the staff were also in recovery from addiction and somehow were living their lives free of substance. The day I surrendered and made the decision to accept that I needed to recover was the day my mum and my daughters dad came to the center and had an intervention with me. This was lead by the head therapist and senior support worker. The light bulb moment for me was when letters were read out to me telling me how my addiction had affected them, it was powerful and made me appreciate others feelings. From my first day at ECR I was shown love, acceptance, boundaries, understanding, self esteem and how to love myself.

Since leaving I have completed a degree and working full time as a senior in the domestic abuse services. I am also an active member of cocaine anonymous and I attend three meetings per week. Going to East Coast Recovery and learning about the disease I suffer from, and how to recover is the biggest gift I have ever received. My daughter trusts me and the only thing my mum worries about today is that I’m working too hard. As a teenager I used to watch women in their nice clothes going to work and feeling totally in awe of them, wondering “how do they do that?”, and today I am one of those women.

Coming Soon

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our Radio Podcast Service inspired by client music choices very soon! Podcasts will be available across our social network and our website. Make sure you like our pages to be the first to hear this exciting news.

The East Coast Recovery Team

Lester Morse – Director

Janie Murray – CQC Registered Manager

Matt Coe – Therapeutic & Interventions Manager

Sonja Pewter – Support Team Manager

Paulene Morse – Hospitality & Finance Manager

Martin Bartlam – Business Development & Marketing Manager

John Douglas – New Client Coordinator

Kelly Dunbabin – Admissions Coordinator

Julie Clarke – Business Hub Administrator

Jason Young – Deputy Support Team Manager

Steve Herries – Senior Support Worker

Nick Hancock – Support Worker

Carl Simner – Support Worker & Medication Coordinator

Ricky Bolden – Trainee Support Worker

Louise Mould – Trainee Support Worker

Adam Brennan – Trainee Support Worker

Nigel Bainton – Senior Medication Coordinator

Denice Gell – Registered Nurse

Jeff Trace – Therapist

Mark Hambrook – Therapist

Bryan Thorpe – Therapist

Hannah McNally –  Domestic Supervisor

Sophie Nichols – Domestic

Dan Sawyer – Food Coach

Richard O’Neill – Food Support




Questions for Lester

We would like to offer everyone the opportunity to ask Lester any questions they may have regarding recovery. Lester and the amazing team that facilitate treatment here at ECR will help you understand that recovery is possible and sustainable.

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Russell Peberdy
Would definitely recommend East coast recovery for anyone with an addiction who is willing to get clean. This has been one of the best things I have done for my mental and physical health and life in general. I have been able to learn a lot about myself and the disease of addiction, how to get and stay clean and how to live my life so I’m happy and living my life to it’s full more
Paulene Walcott
East Coast Recovery is without a doubt the best rehab by far! The love and care they all give is tangible, which also allows them to challenge firmly(which all us addicts and alcoholics desperately need, even if we don’t think we do). I love them all and trust me, rehabs costing three times as much cannot touch ECR when it comes to true addiction more

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