Hare are some recovery stories from some of our ESRA regulars.
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I used to drink on my own until I was ill and didn’t go out much. I’ve ended up in hospital because of my drinking. I have been coming to Cafe North for about 3 months and I have learnt how to fish and I have made new friends,
It all started with cannabis when I was about 15 years old. My parents divorced during this time and my mum died a few years later. In hindsight, I think I was lot more sensitive than people thought and it all affected me for years to come.
The pressures of being a single mum caused me to drink while my little boy was away with his father. I was always a weekend drinker and I had no idea that I had become an alcoholic.
For as long as I can remember I have been an addict. My childhood was poor to say the least. I was kicked out of home when I was 16 and my life just got worse from then on. I moved around but my troubles would always follow me. Drink and drugs were a way out.
Of those last 10 years, I spent lots of time in hospital with physical trauma including broken bones and cuts, and internal problems such as pancreatitis, damaged liver, various infections and generally poor health. I spent time in jail and many police cells, lost a few jobs and destroyed lots of relationships.
My coke habit had caused an abscess the size of a golf ball that eventually burst through my face. It ended up with me in hospital for emergency surgery. In the time leading up it, I had acted as if things were fine. I gave up coke and weed only to start drinking, and before I knew it, social services were on my doorstep.