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.
Steve
"I don't believe anyone actually wants to be an heroin addict. It just happens one day at a time. The days turn into weeks and the weeks eventually become months and years. I spent the last year or so trying to get off it. I hated my life, I hated what I was doing to the people who cared about me. I hated what I’d become, yet every time I tried to stop I’d find myself straight back at where id started from."
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Adult drug and alcohol
Photograph of a young woman looking out over a park. She has dark, maroon hair in two braids. There is a weeping willow in the background and a brick arch
Chantelle first came into our Young Addaction Lancashire service in 2013 aged 18, after being referred in by a homeless centre. She was referred back in October 2015 when after she started using cocaine, cannabis and alcohol heavily and was in an abusive relationship.
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Adult drug and alcohol
Friends and family
Young persons
Photograph of a young woman smiling at the camera next to a sign which reads 'stoke recovery'
People are sharing their own experiences to raise awareness of the upcoming World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday 10 September. The theme of World Suicide Prevention Day 2017 is “Take a minute, change a life”. In UK communities we’re being urged to look out for the vulnerable and be prepared to listen in a non-judgmental way. It can make all the difference.
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Adult drug and alcohol
Friends and family
Mental health
Timmy Ryan at Addaction Chy
“I owe Addaction my life – I wish I’d found recovery 20 years ago” Timmy Ryan arrived at Chy, our residential rehabilitation home knowing it was his last chance at surviving. Now he’s returning as a member of staff. "I was a complete mess, carrying around a head full of physical and mental abuse. It was like torture and I used anything I could to ease the madness of it all."
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Adult drug and alcohol
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“Leaving the army was like a bereavement. I lost 100 friends overnight.” It had always been Danny Webb’s dream to be a solider. He joined the Royal Engineers at the age of 20 and served for 22 years.
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Adult drug and alcohol
Friends and family
Mental health
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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.
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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."
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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?"
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Adult drug and alcohol
Photograph of a woman with her glasses on top of her head, pale blonde hair, smiling at the camera.
“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."
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Adult drug and alcohol

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