Real Stories in North Ayrshire

  • I'll live and laugh again poem
    A moving poem describing one woman's feelings

  • Looking Forward
    A woman speaks about her early experiences of heroin and the impacts it had on her life, how methadone helped her get stable, and how she has moved on with her life now that she no longer uses methadone or illicit drugs.

  • One Day at a Time
    A young man who had a good upbringing talks about how drugs affected his life and how he is moving forward with his recovery.

  • This is only the start
    A man recalls not remembering life without alcohol, living in a dump and every penny going on the drink, but importantly how he turned his life around using local support and building friendships and a new life for himself filled with hope and ambition.

  • My Journey into Recovery
    A man tells how his inquisitive mind led him on a path of risk taking and drug use which took over his life, stripped of his job, kids and marriage; and how he has started to turn things around.

  • Moving Forward
    A young man who was homeless talks about how FITB4U helped him reduce his drinking, gain new skills and get his confidence back.

  • My Recovery Story
    A mum of two speaks of her struggle with drugs and how the impact of losing her kids gave her the strength to start and continue her recovery journey with support from local services.

One day at a time

I am 25 years old and come from a good family. I did well at school and got a good job not long after I left. I started using cannabis when I was 15 with my
friends. We all used it for something to do at the weekend. Everyone in the group was using it so I guess it was down to peer pressure and curiosity that I started.

I started using heroin when I was 18, in the beginning I smoked it, but then it led onto injecting it. At first I was able to control my problem because I was working
and able to afford it but I soon lost my job and things spiralled out of control. I resorted to stealing and shoplifting to feed my habit and my family lost all trust in me.

Eventually I realised I was getting older and had nothing to show for my life. I was seeing all my friends from school on Facebook talking about having children or getting married or getting a new house for themselves and I had absolutely nothing. That’s when I decided to do something about it.

Now as I move on in my recovery I have been able to earn back the trust of my family and I am able to do normal things again, and because of what I have been
through I enjoy them. It’s a nice feeling to have money in my pocket and to be able to buy anything I may fancy in a shop.

Day-to-day I try to keep myself busy and have set up a small gardening business which keeps me busy. I also try not to speak for too long with any of my old associates if I bump into them when I am out and about. I don’t ignore them, but at the same time I just keep it to basics and ask them how they are. This is important for me to maintain my recovery.

Looking to the future I would like to get a more permanent job because I can only do the gardening in the spring and summer. I would also like to go to university some day and study History. I did well at school and was on course to go to Uni but as soon as I started taking drugs I lost interest in it. Above all, i aspire to remain clean and just take things one day at a time.


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