Iím Dave Iím an Addict, The words that echo globally Ö The first and last for many of us. Addiction is no laughing matter. It takes so many lives and it will continue to do so, it is a cunning enemy of us all, but we can fight it.I was born in Liverpool in 1984, I lived with my mum and dad till I was nearly five then my sister came along, childhood was quite the norm, good upbringing and good friends.

 Alcohol was what brought me to my knees, I donít know where I got the drinking side of me from because my dad never drank and my mum only drank on occasions.

My drinking spiraled out of control in August 2014, when I got the news my dad had cancer, he was 47. when diagnosed, The illness soon took him in June 2016, but those 2 years were really where the progression began.I drank to numb the pain and block out any feelings, I lost my job as an engineer, and was soon to lose my flat. After numerous hospital visits and detoxes I was finally introduced to a keyworker from Sefton Council who mentioned rehab to me.

I jumped right at the chance and after another relapse and hospitalisation I then had my window to enter The THOMAS project.

I was picked up straight from hospital on 4th August 2016, where I came straight into Witton Bank, I quickly got stuck right in, fitted in right away, the 15 other lads (also in recovery) made me feel at home, I felt I finally belonged.THOMAS has saved my life, itís introduced me to the 12 step programme, I take part in therapeutic groups, plenty of activities and education is thrown into the mix too. We attend 4 meetings a week and we also hold our own in-house meetings. 

Iím learning how to deal with things head on, and Iím looking forward to life again. THOMAS is a miracle factory, many people have come through the doors broken and many of them graduate and continue to do well, as I write this Iím 105 days clean, thatís a miracle in itself.

I plan on going into second stage and I will continue working on my recovery and building my life back. There is hope for us all, I see that now. A massive thank you to Father Jim and the rest of the staff at THOMAS, and a big shout out to all the lads.

 

 

 

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