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!!!!!