The feeling of being an outsider:

Not everyone who works in recovery is from the local area. A common 'brick' is the feeling of being an outsider. This creates an obstacle to overcome in their role and can colour interactions with suspicion and scrutiny.

Gaining acceptance is so difficult. "What would you know? You weren't here." Needing to be mindful and gaining trust. If you are not known, if you weren't there, you will always be treated with suspicion. You only get one shot and you are so conscious of it. There is a lot of pressure on you for that initial engagement. The initial interaction is so crucial. I have seen it go wrong. The pressure of being seen as an outsider and not being accepted is hard. John Richardson - Australian Red Cross

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