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Our Clients Stories
Rose writes to the Charity
I would like to express my gratitude for financing my stay in Clouds House and my aftercare. Without this I might possibly be dead today. No words can express the joy and love I’m experiencing today, my family, children, grandchildren, friends have all expressed how fantastic a recovery I’m having.
Liz (36) tells her story of recovery
I always had a sense that I felt very different to others as a child. I seemed to experience feelings on a much deeper level and often felt very overwhelmed and at a ‘dis-ease’, either about myself and how I looked or how I related to others, constantly doing their thinking for them.
I began drinking in my early to late teens, just socialising, as did everyone else around me.
My drinking carried on like that for many years until by the early 1990s everything revolved around it. I was quiet and shy without, and it brought something out in me and I just loved the effect.
I weighed a little over five and a half stones and could not walk up a flight of stairs without help. When I got to the medical centre I remember I kept on saying that I was sorry, I was so sorry. I was sorry that they had to examine me in the state I was in. I was at rock-bottom.
Less than a year ago it was snowing. Less than a year ago suicide was the preferable option. Less than a year ago I was pacing the streets, grafting day and all through the night, alone, in the most degrading, immoral and dehumanising ways imaginable. I ran willingly into horrific and dangerous situations and thought nothing of it. Anything to get my drugs. This may sound a little dramatic but the reality of drug addiction for me was akin to an action/ horror film gone horribly wrong. I still have to pinch myself daily. Really? Was that really me? And, moreover, is this really my life today? Is the sun shining? Do I have loving friends and family in my life? Am I really free from drugs and alcohol? Yes. Just for today.
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