Wynford Ellis Owen, Chief Executive -
As one who was dependent on alcohol and other drugs
An integral part of the strategy is the appointment of Chief Executive Officer to the Council, and I have just been appointed to the post. As one who was dependent on alcohol and other drugs myself, I succeeded, through God’s grace, to rebuild my relationship with my family, and to restore my career as a writer, actor and director. Three years ago, I returned to college and was awarded a degree from Bath University that qualifies me to counsel alcohol and drug dependent people. Prior to my appointment to the Council I worked as a counsellor in Rhoserchan, www.rhoserchan.org.uk, the treatment centre in Cardiganshire.
Now enjoy the rest of the website…and may I recommend that you begin your journey by relaxing and joining us on a guided meditation. Relaxation can help us build new beliefs that we are in control of and responsible for our coping responses (dealing appropriately with anger and anxiety issues arising from low frustration tolerance; all-or-nothing thinking; overgeneralization; catastrophizing, etc). Relaxation is also important because anxiety is often a component of drug and alcohol use, etc – they often report that they drink or use in order to relax.
Oh, and don’t forget…. that you can also contribute to our Blog (we’re looking forward to reading your contributions); read about how others have recovered from the ‘only illness that tells you there’s nothing wrong with you’; access ‘Our Little White Book of Helpful Hints’; learn more about alcohol and drug misuse and their dependence syndrome; read about the services we offer; as well as learning more about who’s who at the Welsh Council – and in particular the esteemed members of our superb Policy Advisory Group (PAG). We’ll also try to share with you in ‘things spiritual’ some thoughts about the spiritual component of dependence – for as Carl Jung once said in a letter to Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, when describing in a letter Roland H, a mutual friend of theirs who had recently found recovery from alcoholism, ‘His craving for alcohol was the equivalent, on a low level, of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness, expressed in medieval language: the union with God’. Jung continues ‘The only right and legitimate way to such an experience is that it happens to you in reality, and it can only happen to you when you walk on a path which leads you to a higher understanding. You may be led to that goal by an act of Grace or through a personal and honest contact with friends, or through a higher education of the mind beyond the confines of mere rationalism. I see from your letter that Roland H has chosen the second way, which was, under the circumstances, obviously the best one’.
That last but one quote in italics by Carl young, incidentally, summarises the whole purpose of this website, it is to facilitate ‘a personal and honest contact with friends’. Join us, therefore friends, on this wonderful journey of mutual discovery…..
The office of the Chief executive is supported by
Alun Daniel Director
Alun Daniel was educated at Llandovery College and the University of Wales Aberystwyth and is a retired Solicitor. Alun has worked as a Solicitor in Local Government, private practice, commerce and industry and the public sector during a working career spanning 46 years. Alun has also established a consultancy practice specialising in economic regeneration and community development, particularly in rural areas.
Alun has worked as part-time Director of the Welsh Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs since September 2007.
Alun’s former and current appointments include;
• Chairman of Audit Committee University of Wales Aberystwyth
• Member of Audit Committee of the University of Wales
• Member of Management Committee of the Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies University of Wales
• Member of the Court and Council of the University of Wales Aberystwyth
• Chair of Governors Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg
• Director National Welsh American Foundation
• Chairman of Church Council and Trustees of Bethel Congregational Church Penarth
• Member of Court of the National Eisteddfod of Wales
• Member of the Gorsedd of Bards of the National Eisteddfod
• Member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on the Welsh Language.