My name is Andy and I am a recovered drug addict. I moved into Booth House in September 2011 after being street homeless for 6 months. This was where my journey of recovery began. I had nowhere else to turn and couldn't manage my own life.
I felt very lonely and scared about what the future held for me and I couldn't imagine a life with or without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Then in March 2011 I was accepted into Gloucester House Residential Addictions Treatment Centre. Whilst at Booth House I was able to start to develop independent living skills and I began to trust myself in the community a little more. My relationships skills started to improve, and I started to take responsibility to address my life-skills and financial issues. Something I hadn't really ever done because I had built my life around heroin and crack. I didn’t get to Booth House because I had a bad weekend, I had a bad couple of decades. Whilst at Booth House I started doing voluntary work on the local allotment and I attended chapel most mornings. Eventually I even used to lead the chapel. I attended groups and tried to get involved in anything I could. All I knew was I couldn’t stop using and I had tried everything to try and stop relapsing but nothing worked. However I did start to change, and I started to become inspired to try and change the person I had become. Other residents were attempting to change and I could see that the staff were supporting me in such a way that I had become motivated to change. However I still could not stop using and my criminal lifestyle was out of control. People I knew and used with were dying every month and yet I still could not stop using.
Then the staff at Gloucester House showed me that there was a way out through having faith in God and that I could always trust in God no matter what. I put my life in God’s hands and I haven’t looked back since. Gloucester House staff showed me that I suffered with a chronic relapsing condition and that a belief in a Higher Power would provide the defence required to remove this condition. I spent 8 months in Gloucester House and today I work there as an assistant support worker. I turned my will and life over to God and I adopt spiritual principles in my life today which helps me from picking up drugs and alcohol. I attend 12 step meetings and I try to put other people before myself. I have become willing to change my lifestyle and the most amazing thing ever is that the power of prayer always gets me through the day.
I never knew that my dark and problematic past would be the greatest gift I would ever possess, because it is with that gift of experience that I share with and support other addicts who are suffering today.