Recovery journeys

Here you can read a collection of first-hand accounts from our service users about their own or their loved ones’ recovery journeys.
Photograph of a woman with long brown hair smiling at the camera next to a sign for Stoke Recovery Service
"The first day I visited Stoke Recovery Service I was so nervous but I poured my heart out to them. There was no judging and no looks of disgust. They just listened and I felt relief for the first time in years."
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Mental health
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“Addaction have allowed me to become the mother I always wanted to be. They fought my corner when I was at rock bottom. Even now, when I’m so much better, there’s always someone there I can talk to if I’m having a bad day."
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
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"I found the institution of the forces environment perfect for me, however when I left I was looking for how to replace that camaraderie and sense of belonging." Veteran Andy Kent was an aircraft engineer in the RAF from 1984-91 and now volunteers with Right Turn, a project supporting veterans with substance misuse issues.
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Photograph of a blonde woman in her 50s, sat at a desk with a computer. She is looking at the camera and smiling. She is wearing a black rollneck.
“Life without alcohol is brilliant, it’s like a big fluffy world I have not seen before. I’m noticing things for the first time, smells, fresh air and I don’t feel isolated anymore. I used to drink to get more confidence but I don’t need it, all my confidence has come back without it. With alcohol you put on a mask. Addaction helps you take off the mask and become a real person, someone you can start liking and loving."
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Mental health
"I've been supported with every single aspect and area of my life. Because of my drinking and the way I lived my life I had no friends or family at all to help support me in my journey to recovery. Horizon have been family, friends and teachers to this point – and continue to be so.”
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
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Rod’s first contact with Addaction Scotland was six years ago when his alcohol addiction meant things had to change for him and his family. Fast-forward to the present day and he’s now a full-time Addaction project worker who’s determined to help others on the road to recovery.
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Photograph of a white woman in her early 50s with short white hair, looking at the camera. She had multiple piercings in both ears. There is a wooden door in the background
Doe Patrick is a dedicated volunteer and valued member of the team at Addaction North Somerset. But life has only looked this good for the past couple of years. Before Doe found Addaction, she was battling a 30 year long addiction, unaware recovery was available.
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Friends and family
“I got into trouble with alcohol after a breakdown and a divorce. I’d always been a drinker, aren’t most of us?"
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
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“Five years ago, I was living in an old camper van on a friend’s drive. I’d lost my two beautiful daughters (aged 12 and 20 at the time) and had my upmarket home repossessed. But every morning I would put my brave face on and head off to run my print and design company. Nobody at work suspected what was happening to me to start with, as I hid it very well."
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Photograph of a white man with short salt-and-pepper hair, wearing a black t-shirt and with a work lanyard around his neck stood in front of a door with the 'Rise' logo on it
Former soldier Phil Rogers left the army with PTSD and only after losing his partner, his home, becoming dependent on alcohol and cutting his wrists did he finally get the help and support he deserved. Phil now volunteers at RISE Recovery in Barnstaple because he doesn’t want to see other people go through the ‘hell’ he lived.
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
Mental health
photograph of a white man in his 40s with slightly punky hair. He is wearing a white t-shirt and looking into the camera with his head cocked to one side
Kenny’s alcohol issues turned everything on its head - including his career and his relationship with his girlfriend of over 10 years. Now he’s come out the other side, he’s determined to make Addaction Glasgow work for other people in the way it worked for him.
Services: 
Adult drug and alcohol
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Andrew, who’s 17 and from South Yorkshire, has Asperger’s Syndrome and had been using a mixture of club drugs (mainly ecstasy and cocaine) since he was 14 to help him feel more outgoing and connected with others when he was out socially. A shock referral to Young Addaction led him to a better life.
Services: 
Young persons

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