Déjà Vu…

Life is strange. There have been times when I have arrived somewhere I know I have never been before and it feels good. It’s like trying to describe the effect that a painting has upon you. Or why poetry or music moves you. You can’t explain it but when it happens it is magical. If you have ever been in a situation where you are house-hunting you know when you enter a house that it’s the right one. You can just feel it.

On Tuesday 25th July 2017 we talked to our friends at Broadway Lodge. We were just giving them a teaser about what we do at ARBD Awareness and the main emphasis was on Wernicke’s Korsakoff’s syndrome (WKS) because that’s what our audience wanted to hear. Every time we give a talk we adjust it to suit. To professionals we talk about our programme of taking alcoholics from hospital and re-engaging them with the community. To students we talk about how to avoid brain damage from drinking too much alcohol. To everyone else we talk about our campaign to ‘Spread the Word’. And all the time we are aware of a mantra that says that we live in a society that celebrates success and failure with alcohol and that alcohol is acceptable and alcoholics are not. This morning I felt that bit of magic. It could have been the friendliness of the staff. It could have been that they were organised and everything went as planned. It could have been that the audience were attentive and engaged in what we had to say. It could have been the calming atmosphere of the building. Whatever it was I think I know why Broadway Lodge has a high success rate.