I was on police bail for arson and my life was spiralling out of control

My name is Lorraine and when I finally decided I needed to do something about my drinking I was on police bail for arson and my life was spiralling out of control. I went to the Junctions direct access service and was allocated a key worker who was very understanding and did not judge me. I was assessed and put onto medication.

A couple of weeks later the police dropped the arson charges and I promised myself I would not end up in a situation like that again.

I engaged with the Junction for the following two and half years. Don’t get me wrong some weeks were really difficult I would crave alcohol however; my sessions enabled me to develop coping strategies

I started to feel the benefits of being sober. My anxiety although still bad had improved. My mood improved as did my appetite. People around me commented on how much better I looked. These comments raised my confidence and belief that I could have a good life without alcohol.

Now I am involved in the client involvement group which I thoroughly enjoy and am working towards becoming a volunteer. Once I have become a volunteer I can help support others who have problems with drugs or alcohol. I am now using negative experiences in a positive way.

I am four years sober and my life is so much better. I am a living example that there is light at the end of the tunnel!

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Published 17th July 2012

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