Claire started drinking at a young age. She thought it made her feel better, so anytime she felt low, or stressed, she would turn to a glass of wine. Despite working as a teacher and becoming a mother, her drinking kept increasing over the years. She didn’t want to drink anymore; she came to hate it. But she didn’t know what else to turn to.
Nobody chooses to become dependent on drugs or alcohol.
Two years ago, she became dangerously ill. She started vomiting blood and hallucinating. She realised she was in real trouble. She ended up in hospital, with doctors uncertain whether she would be able to come back from this.
Claire thought that was it for her; but, slowly, she got better. One day an Addaction worker came to see her in her hospital bed. Claire realised she had the opportunity to address her problem, and to start putting her life back together.
"I thought to myself, this is my last chance - I had to make it work not just for me but for my daughter.
I learned that it wasn’t really about the alcohol, it was about me and it took time to get myself back. Addaction staff supported me while I stripped everything back to start again. The detox was just the beginning, it was in those raw moments that the real work took place, work I couldn’t have done without them. They saved my life.”