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Information Evening on Substance Misuse
John Lonergan, Governor of Mountjoy Prison, spoke to a large attendance of well over one hundred people at an 'Information evening of Substance Misuse' in the Patrician Presentation Secondary School on 19th May 2004. The following was one of the five documents he quoted from:

You are listening when

You come quietly into my private world and let me be.

You really try to understand me when I do not make much sense* .

You don't take my problem from the, but trust me to deal with it in my own way.

* You give me enough room to discover for myself why I feel upset, and enough time to think for myself what is best
* .

You allow me the dignity of making my own decisions even though you feel I am wrong.

You don't tell me that funny story you are just bursting to tell me* .

You allow me to make my experience one that really matters
* .

You accept my gratitude by telling me it is good to know I have been helped

You realise that the hour I take from you leaves you a bit tired and drained
* .

You grasp m point of view even when it goes against your sincere convictions
* .

You accept me as I am - warts and all
* .

You don't offer me religious solace when you sense I am not ready for it
* .

You look at me, feel for me, and really want to know me
* .

You spend a short, valuable time with me and make me feel it is for ever
* .

You hold back your desire to give me good advice.


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