Christopher Cowie

Recovery Practitioner

Qualifications and experience

Diploma in Lead Adult Care, Level 3 NCFE. Experience of treatment centres in the UK and South Africa. In-house CPD Training, including Health and Safety and First Aid.

Working with addiction

Within the literature of one of the 12 Step fellowships is a line that reads, “the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel.” This statement is ultimately why I chose to work in the field of addiction. This could include helping a client to understand what they suffer with, helping them to come to terms with their consequences, helping them to gain the strength to rebuild their lives, showing them there is an option to thrive, rather than just survive. The disease of addiction does not care for your gender, your race, your religion, your money, your power, your status… the commonality is one of experience and hopefully, recovery.

Working at the lighthouse

I am proud to say that I am an ex-client of The Lighthouse and that I live a life today that I can be proud of. The Lighthouse was a seminal part of my recovery and I have watched it evolve and grow into an extremely effective, person-centred facility. It is a special place, full of special people who live and breathe recovery. The aftercare and secondary housing are also vitally important in ensuring some clients have a bridge to normal living. I love my job, the people I work with, but most importantly, I am here for the clients.

Hobbies and interests

I live in Leigh on Sea with my partner and our children. In my spare time, I am an active member of a 12-step fellowship. It is also important to say that, in recovery, I still laugh, I still dance, I still have fun with my friends and family.