• shaun-story

    Read Shaun’s Story

    For the first three years of my life, I was given away to my mum’s older sister. This felt like a huge rejection for me. Growing up I had a...
  • neil story

    Read Neil’s Story

    I lost my mum, brother and sister in a short time period. As I started to drink heavily, I lost my marriage too. I continued to drink and cause pain...
  • mike story

    Read Mike’s Story

    From his teens, alcohol was Mike’s refuge – from grief over his father’s early death, from severe loneliness and low self-worth. It was also a lubricant, “a couple of pints...
  • dan story

    Read Dan’s Story

    I started smoking cannabis with friends at the age of 12 and by 14 I was using heroin. By the age of 16 I’d robbed everyone in my village; my...
  • chris story

    Read Chris’ Story

    Many addicts come from broken homes with a history of physical violence or sexual abuse. I came from a good family with a nice house; quite a privileged up-bringing really....