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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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    Ben: My Recovery Journey

    I am 51 years old and I've been addicted to heroin for over half of my life. I actually class myself a "survivor" as most of my generation of drug users are gone due to overdose, HIV or hepatitis. I think maybe a couple may have cleaned up.

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    Market type: Recovery Journeys
    Last updated: 11 Nov 2015

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    I didn’t start taking anything until I was 38 years old!

    My problems started at 18 years old when I injured my back in the army serving in Germany.  This problem flared up in the prison service and I kept having to have time off due to the pain.  After 16 years of serving as a prison officer I was pulled in by the bosses and was sent to see the BMI Health Services Doctor to be examined.  I was deemed unfit for work and a liability and was advised that I should medically retire.  

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    Market type: Recovery Story
    Last updated: 16 Oct 2015

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    I was a healthy active child filled with lots of happy childhood memories

    Growing up I was a healthy active child filled with lots of happy childhood memories. Alcohol was no stranger to our household nor was it a problem. It kicked off from age 15-18 during the transition of bunking school, drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis in the park with friends to full blown out binge parties and clubs etc. I left education at 18 ready for full time employment and more flexible hours to binge. 

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    Last updated: 16 Oct 2015

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    I got up and discovered my dad trying to hang himself

    When the boat got decommissioned I was then back on land with money, no responsibility, no structure and no path to take. My instant thought was heroin. I started using again and when the money ran out I started shoplifting to fund my habit, then started using vallies.   

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    Last updated: 11 Aug 2014

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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.

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    Last updated: 11 Aug 2014

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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. 

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    Market type: Recovery Journeys
    Last updated: 11 Aug 2014

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High praise for Doncaster’s drug and alcohol services

High praise for Doncaster’s drug and alcohol services

Doncaster has some of the best drug and alcohol services in the UK - according to the boss of one of the UK’s most important recovery charities Read more