My substance use had caught up with me and I was seriously addicted to cocaine, constantly under the influence around my children.
“I remember the day I got in touch with St Mungo’s. My substance use had caught up with me and I was seriously addicted to cocaine, constantly under the influence around my children. I’d had enough of the person I’d become, but I couldn’t kick my habit. I knew if I carried on, I’d be kicked out onto the streets and my kids would be taken away. I’ve never been more scared.
St Mungo’s got me into a 12-week course of AA and NA meetings. The course gave me the tools to get clean, and stay clean. It was a big step forward for me and my family.
St Mungo’s told me that I’d never be alone with my problems.
But when the course finished, I was still terrified of relapsing. So, I went back to St Mungo’s and asked: “What happens to me now?”. What they said will always stay with me – they told me that I’d never be alone with my problems. That’s when they offered me a place on their Bricks and Mortar programme, a scheme to help people recovering from homelessness develop construction skills. I’m dyslexic so I don’t read or write very well, but I’m practical and hands on, so it was perfect. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’ve gone on to do an NVQ in dry lining, and I’m still clean.
I was on the edge of losing everything. Now I’m in a full-time job and my children are still with me. I’m so grateful for everything St Mungo’s has done for me, and I know they’ll never leave me in the lurch if I need support in the future.”
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