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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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    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: 22 May 2016

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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: 22 May 2016

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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: 22 May 2016

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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: 22 May 2016

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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: 22 May 2016

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    Clares Recovery Story

    I would like to share with you my recovery story, I had been alcohol dependent for near enough 10 years and was causing everyone around me heartache and pain, then the day came when I knew I had to try and turn my life around, not only for myself but also for my family. This has been the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life.

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    Last updated: 21 Mar 2016

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ADS achieves Investors in People Silver Award

ADS achieves Investors in People Silver Award

After the Investors in People review in July ADS have been awarded the Silver standard. Read more