6 July 2018: People in recovery: Jack's story By the age of 20, Jack was a high-performing property salesman in London. Working hard and earning lots of money, the high life welcomed Jack with open arms, and his partying lifestyle quickly helped him deal with his highly pressurised career. Within just three years, addicted to drink and drugs, Jack weighed 25 stone and was given six months to live. In January 2017, Jack began his treatment at Action on Addiction’s Clouds House – an experience he describes as “brutal but life-changing”. Now 18 months into his recovery from addiction, Jack regularly attends Narcotics and Cocaine Anonymous meetings, and has lost almost 11 stone with the help of a strict diet and fitness regime. On 30 April 2018, Jack cycled 240 miles from The Brink Café in Liverpool to Clouds House in East Knoyle, Wiltshire – raising almost £20,000 to help fund the treatment of others who – just like he was – are now in the grip of addiction. “I was granted this great opportunity to turn my life around, and now I want to help other addicts obtain the chance of freedom from addiction at Clouds that I was given.” Read more stories like Jack's in our Annual Review 2017.