I was It started with cannabis, petrol, glue, gas etc.
I was smoking cannabis most days, before, during and after school. I fed my habit by dealing at school and through petty crime. I had soon progressed to acid trips, ecstasy, amphetamines and alcohol, and by the time I was 15 my addiction had progressed to heroin…. Well to start with I guess it was down to social pressure.
My mates did it, so I did it.
It was mostly weekends for the amphetamines, ecstasy and trips. We used to hang around most nights and only really smoked a bit of cannabis.
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We would save up for the weekend, putting money into a pot so we could go a bit wild from Friday to Sunday. Then a big thing happened in my life. Just before I was 15 my younger brother died. He was only 4 minutes younger — my twin.
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We did everything together, were inseparable and did the drugs too. Yeah we had broken into school and stolen the dinner money for that week. It was a lot of money for two 14 year old boys. That would have kept us in drugs for a while. As we ran across the roof my brother fell through a skylight of one of the classrooms.
As he fell, he hit his head, flipped over and his head hit the corner of a desk. My mum understood it was an accident and knew it could just as easily have been me, but my step-dad blamed me. He favoured my brother more than me, just a clash of personalities I guess.
So I ended up turning to drugs big style. I became a smack head story like those I had taken the piss out of when I was younger. It became a problem the moment I started. Cannabis for example, I started with a spliff and cannabis a addiction it was bucket and bongs. But I still managed to do well at school. I went onto Sheffield Polytechnic and sat two degrees; mathematics with physics and sociology with behavioural patterns where I achieved a Masters and Honours degree respectively.
Well, most of my student loan money had gone on drugs. I needed money.
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So, needing money, a friend and I held up a post office with a shotgun. Three and a half hours after the alarms sounded I was in the cells. Being in jail another long story I got clean, there was no methadone program back then. But I came out and went cannabis back into the old habits, except I left the crack and smack alone.
I knew that was a dangerous path to go down and the social stigma that went with it.
So I stuck with cannabis for the next 10 years. Got married, started my own business in gardening, window cleaning etc. I bought my own house and employed one of my younger brothers, he moved up North to live near us. For one reason or another, I ended up living in Halifax.
Things had just gotten to the point where I became sick and tired of being sick and tired.
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Getting up, committing crime, using drugs, committing more crime, using more drugs, sleeping, getting up and so on. I was in a vicious cannabis. I was getting two meals per week, and another at Salvation Army so I had more money for addictions. Not that I would have spent it on food anyway. When the Basement Recovery programme started, I had seen people go through it and get clean and well. People who I used with, story who I know were just like me were getting better.
I had seen something in them, getting their lives back together and I wanted some of that. Alive, clean, in recovery and being a proper dad to my kids as well as working towards a better life. I have worked The Basement Recovery Programme and they have given me the tools to deal with the issues that used to lead me to use.
Recovery is like a roller-coaster, you have to learn to deal with the ups and the downs without them leading to use. As an addict, I used on both the ups and the downs. It has been mentally very challenging at times.
I have spent a lifetime making myself ill so I know there is no instant fix. I know I have to work hard at this and I will. Today, life is looking good. Last Name. First Name.
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When did your addiction start? I had soon progressed to acid trips, ecstasy, amphetamines and alcohol, and by the time I was 15 my addiction had progressed to heroin… Why did you? When did it become a problem?
What made you get help? Why The Basement Project?