East Sussex Recovery Alliance Living Free From Addiction
East Sussex Recovery Alliance Living Free From Addiction


Here are some recovery stories from our clients. If you are already in some kind of recovery and need some support, then please get in touch so that we can have a chat. 

I was hammered by alcohol and lockdown

I was sacked when I turned up for work still visibly the worse for wear after a bender the night before. This was one of many low points in my relationship with alcohol that would soon be hammered even more by the effects of lockdown. Read more

I can't stop once I start

I used to drink on my own until I was ill and I didn't go out much. I've ended up in  hospital because of my drinking. I have been coming to Cafe North for 3 months and I have learned how to fish and I have made new friends. Read more

I chased the dragon for 7 years

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. Read more

Flashbacks and blackouts

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. Read more

I have been to hell and back

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. Read more

Adventures in recovery

When I first decided to get sober, it was for the wrong reasons. My physical health was poor, my mobility was not good at all, it was 2004 and I had been drinking heavily for 20 years, yet I was doing it for my family. Read more

Hellraising and hospitals

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. Read more

Life and soul of the party

I was always shy, but I desperately wanted to be the life and soul of the party. After a few drinks on a night out when I was 18, people started laughing at my jokes. This new-found confidence made me feel as outgoing as my sisters had always been, and I loved it. Read more



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