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Case studies

Every day we work with individuals and families whose lives have been affected by substance abuse. Their stories are often harrowing and heart-breaking. But when service users make a positive change and start on the road of recovery, their stories can be inspirational. They remind us all that there is a way out from addiction or dependence to alcohol or drugs. Please read about the impact that the work of The Alcohol & Drug Service has on real people's lives.

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    I seemed to be coping, though in truth I wasn't

    Alcohol had always been part of my social life from my teenage years onwards, and as my career progressed, it became a big part of my business life as well. Simply put, if you are not part of the drinking clique, you are less likely to get on. So alcohol became a normal daily habit, lunchtime and after work. 

    I seemed to be coping, though in truth I wasn’t. 

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    Last updated: 23 Jul 2013

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    I just wanted the memories to go away

    I got into Heroin through an ex-boyfriend I was under a lot of pressure at the time and I wanted the anxiety to go away so my boyfriend asked me if I wanted to try heroin to calm me down. Little did I know I would get hooked.

    I have been free from Heroin and Subutex for 3 and a half years now.

    Then a year ago I was at work when a man who raped me when I was 16 came in. When I got home I fell to bits. I could not leave the house for 2 weeks, the kids were not going to school and I hit the bottle

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    Last updated: 11 Jul 2013

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    Nick: My story so far

    I started using drugs when I was 14. I started on cannabis at age 8 and using heroin at 14. I was going to school and using pills, heroin and other drugs with other class mates.

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    Market type: Recovery Journeys
    Last updated: 05 Feb 2013

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    Natasha's Story

    I am 22 years old and my life of using drugs began at the age of 12. I found myself socialising with people a lot older then myself, for reasons that I still don’t understand. The majority of them were heroin addicts or had an addiction of some kind. I felt that using drugs was normal as they were all using in front of me. I was naïve to trust them when they said it will be okay to try the drugs. This then led me to get involved in that sort of life style.

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    Market type: Recovery Journeys
    Last updated: 05 Feb 2013

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    Lorraine: My Story

    How did it begin?

    Looking back I was first introduced to alcohol around the age of seven.  The person who gave me the bottle of wine for my birthday was my `abuser` my parents knew he gave me alcohol at such a young age.  They did not have a problem with this, and I knew no better.

     

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    Market type: Recovery Journeys
    Last updated: 05 Feb 2013

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    I have struggled with forgiving myself for the things I did

    I have struggled with forgiving myself for the things I did, it’s like the aftermath of all that chaos but it’s something I have to deal with and work through.

    I have more self respect now and that feels amazing, I have real time to spend with people I like and love and it’s so nice to wake up and think…thank f*** that’s over.

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    Last updated: 05 Feb 2013

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