How I turned back from the point of no return

I had reached a dead end with no hope in sight. Alcohol and drugs had brought me to this point and I was ready to give up.

The only thing that stopped me from pulling the plug was my family. I knew they still cared about me – why I’m not sure, but they did! My Dad understood me because he knew what it felt like… he had been there too many years ago. He suggested Holyoake to keep me strong and on track. It was the best thing I did because these guys really had my back. They didn’t judge me, but just worked with me to get over my problems.

Slowly my mind began to clear up. I didn’t feel like I had to have the next fix to keep me going. It wasn’t all easy and I did mess up, but my family and the Holyoake mob kept encouraging me.

It’s been four years since I turned back from that dead end. I never thought my life would change so much. I now have a beautiful kid with my amazing partner and I’ve reconnected with my family. I feel good, I have a good job. But there’s more…

Yes, I can’t believe I did this, but I actually worked with Holyoake to help others with my story.  Holyoake runs a meth awareness program in organisations and they asked me if I would come along to share my story. I was really scared at first, but then felt good about helping other people to learn from my experience. It helped me build my confidence as well.

I lost my job three years ago because of my bad choices. Now the same company has given me a second chance and I am so grateful. Life is good and I won’t make the same mistakes again.

If you or anyone you know feels beaten down by alcohol and drugs, please don’t give up. I believe there is no such thing as a hopeless case. You can always turn back with a little help from family, friends and great places like Holyoake.

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