SERVICE USERS

Alistair Bennett

Alistair Bennett

Service User

I came to Alpha House in November 2015. My Probation Officer told me about Alpha House but said you needed a clean test to get in and I knew that I couldn’t stop for long enough to do a clean test on my own so when I left her office I went shoplifting so that I would get caught and get sent to prison for a bit and then I could get a clean test. I only got 4 weeks but it was long enough to get clean and Alpha House said they would take me.

Since coming to Alpha House I have learned that alcohol and drugs were just a symptom of my condition and that I needed to recover from the disease of addiction. The first step was to start attending a day treatment recovery programme and also get to NA Meetings and AA meetings. I soon learned that medication was a barrier to real thoughts, feelings and emotions so I set about getting on a reduction programme to go from 40 mls of methadone to abstinence. I did that within a few months and have not looked back.

Now I am able to deal with problems and work on my future prospects, I have recently enrolled on the Health and Social Care NVQ course and am starting driving lessons. I am also a Peer Mentor and giving serious consideration to my future now. It’s not all about hard work though these days, I have just renewed my passport and I am going to the World NA Convention in Barbados in November. HOW’S THAT!!!!!

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Service User

I came to Alpha House in September 2015 after being totally isolated and feeling there was no hope for my future. I can’t really describe my state of mind at the time because it felt like I’d lost my mind. Coming to Alpha House has been the best thing I’ve ever done so far. After settling in I soon realised that to get anywhere I needed to get well enough to get off my medication. I began a reduction programme with a lot of support. I had counselling and went to all my group therapy and my NA meetings. It wasn’t easy but I managed to get off my meds and get working the programme. Alpha House recovery programme is excellent but I don’t want to be at Alpha House all my life. I know I will need a programme to take me to where I need to go and to maintain my abstinence. That’s the reason I will keep going to NA.

I am on the Health and Social Care Level 2 Course now, I am allowed to see my daughter again after two years and I now have a renewed relationship with my Mum after 10 years. These things I count as a miracle but more than this I think the best thing that has happened to me is that I have peace. I can now see a future for myself. I am on a path and I think the sky is the limit if I keep on doing what I’m doing and I know I will.