Wilderness helps soothe a wild life

Wilderness helps soothe a wild life I have just started on my journey of 1,000 steps, then there will be a thousand more É my life has changed for the good lately. I recently spent 28 days with seven other men, (and three councillors) at a retreat for a

I have just started on my journey of 1,000 steps, then there will be a thousand more É my life has changed for the good lately.

I recently spent 28 days with seven other men, (and three councillors) at a retreat for addictions provided by the Yukon government.

We had the pleasure of spending most of our time at the cadet camp next to the Mary Lake subdivision.

The Sarah Steele building was under renovations, and this was a bonus for us; being in a peaceful environment, quiet walking trails and forest, the group was in healing space.

There was a sense of ease and freedom in the natural surroundings.

I do not think I would have had the same insight of self-discovery at the end of Main Street in the cramped confines of the Sarah Steele building with the outside street life looming just outside the door.

In healing, I find, one must remove oneself from the past Ð triggers, people, places Ð if a person is to have a fighting chance to begin again.

With the new life skills learned, we need to carry on and begin to manage a new life. After the program ends, a person is back in the real world and some of us have nowhere to turn, not much support.

I think a recovery home, or a safe place to get back on track and figure out what to do next, is needed.

The Yukon government should have a safe place for us away from the chaos of our past.

Many people end up back in their unhealthy environment, returning to their old lives and old ways of coping.

These men and women, who are trying to better their lives, deserve the equal chance to make a fresh start on the journey to recovery.

Empowering us can clear the way so we can take the first step on the path to a new life.

Joe Volf

Whitehorse