When I stepped into rehab on the 14th August 2014 I was completely beaten from drugs & Alcohol addiction. I was mentally, physically and emotionally damaged and completely disconnected from feelings. Drugs had took everything.

I caught epilepsy after I had a stroke in 2004, I was on methadone and morphine for the last 15 years of my using in all of this I spent a life of jails, hospitals and institutions -  I was completely lost as a person ...I was also homeless and I knew that either I had to get myself together or just end up a bum.

I completed my programme in rehab - when I left there I knew I needed a programme, so I was introduced to Narcotics Anonymous which helps me a lot. It wasn’t just with my addiction I needed help with , I needed support with other things, such as housing! ... I also needed help with structure in my life, so I  got my first Key worker who works for Double Impact. They introduced me to many courses which would benefit me in my journey to live life on life terms.

So I committed myself to many groups that was on offer, relapse prevention, drug awareness, emotional awareness , level 2 mentoring course, health & safety, first aid, naloxone training, mental health awareness...I now support those within this service and give back what was freely given to me. I am also doing volunteering work that Double Impact set up for me and I also do volunteering work at the rehab that I came through over two years ago. It's taken me two years to find some balance in my life and with help of the mentoring staff and Recovery Recruitment I am now also doing paid work part time for Primark.

This has helped me build up my self-esteem, self-worth and I'm more confident now than I have was before accessing Double Impact. My relationships with my family have been amazing. I am 25 months abstinent -  I live my life honestly, and never been so happy, I will need continued support, where people help me do something I can't do on my own and no longer wish to try and do this on my own. Thank you so much Double Impact and all the staff that have been involved in my journey. You have changed my life completely and I will be for ever grateful for this.