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.
Tony’s drug use resulted in him losing his four children. “I didn’t listen fast enough, I didn’t wake up fast enough, I didn’t do anything fast enough.”
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Adult drug and alcohol
"The kid’s dad was my first boyfriend. He was 6 years older than me and he was on heroin. I wanted to know what it was like. I didn’t have a clue about heroin at that time. I’m 50 now, so it’s been all my life, 28 years."
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Adult drug and alcohol
After a relationship break-up, 51-year-old Anne locked herself away in her bedroom. “The split was a real shock and really knocked my confidence sideways."
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Mental health
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Kevin, aged 52, worked in the Navy but was sent home on a medical discharge. “I’d been quite a drinker in the forces, as most people are."
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Adult drug and alcohol
"By the time I was 16, my dad was in and out of my life, and I was really unhappy. I became involved with a guy who gave me m-cat."
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Young persons
“Gary had a good job. His friends went off in different directions and, for some reason, he went down the route of taking drugs."
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Friends and family
“When I went to my GP to seek help I didn’t know what was happening to me. I was having trouble at home and it was difficult communicating with my family. I didn’t know where else to go."
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Mental health
“At 46 years of age I had no real idea of how to live my new found life. I knew from the previous six relapses that boredom was a major factor and things had to be different this time."
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Adult drug and alcohol
"One morning in 2009, everything changed. I was thinking about my little grandchildren and what they would think if they knew their nan was addicted to drugs. I decided to quit there and then."
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Adult drug and alcohol
Rodger’s alcohol consumption became a problem following retirement and the death of his wife.
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Adult drug and alcohol
"Les, 58, injected heroin for 43 years. He now volunteers at Addaction to raise awareness of hepatitis C and is doing a counselling course."
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Adult drug and alcohol
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Clare, 50, came to Thinkaction miapt Merton after finding out about the service from a local group she had started to attend, Focus for One. “I was definitely having a breakdown. I had lost my job, and the job centre was giving me nothing but hassle, which really made me anxious and stressed. Then I was also losing my home.” Clare wasn’t sure where to turn to, as she'd grown up in a family where “I was always taught that you do not divulge anything outside the house.”
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Mental health

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