From substance misuse to a man of substance
On the surface, I was a highly functional adult and very successful. But when I got home, I was using dope and burying things I really needed to address. It took me a long time to realise I had a major problem. I heard about Holyoake but was hesitant about going into that building.
Finally I gathered enough courage, met with a counsellor, and was determined to change my life. I started with one-on-one sessions that were raw, honest, confronting and inspirational. The non-judgemental approach made me realise that dope was just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to gentle guidance and advice from my counsellor, I began to address the real issues.
While I was attending Holyoake, I also joined a really good Men’s Group. All this eventually helped me give up dope completely – something I was starting to feel might be impossible.
That was eight years ago and apart from two occasions where I got a bit daft with some old mates, I haven’t touched it since and – more importantly – I haven’t missed it. I reckon I avoided some major mental health issues down the line by stopping before it damaged my brain too much.
I will always be grateful to Holyoake. I hope they can help you, too.