Addiction Recovery Stories – Sam

Addiction recovery story Sam - Profile

Name: Sam

Age: 44

Problem: Drugs and Alcohol

Recovery Time: 12 Months
(at time of publishing)

There’s always light at the end of the tunnel

When did you first start using?

I first starting drinking and smoking a bit of weed when I was 13. The weed quickly became a daily habit but I’d binge drink at social occasions. At around 16 or 17, I started experimenting with party drugs when I could get into the clubs and the cannabis became a way to manage the comedowns.

When did it become a problem?

In 2019, I developed really severe cluster headaches and they were so debilitating that I needed cocaine to manage the pain and still function. The coke helped me cope with the headaches but then I couldn’t sleep so started drinking heavily to knock myself out. I started noticing physical withdrawal symptoms like the shakes so took a morning drink to get to work. Life started to become unmanageable. Relationships broke down and my day to day routine became more and more chaotic.

What made you get help?

I relocated back up North to my parents’ house thinking that would fix things and tried to detox from alcohol myself. I managed to get off the booze a couple of times but had no idea that I couldn’t just start drinking again and control it. Things gradually got worse and I was more physically dependent on alcohol than ever. My parents had had enough and I ended up in my old house, on my own with just the booze for two weeks. I was taken to hospital and detoxed over the course of a week before returning to my parents. By this point, I felt like enough was enough and I was motivated to do something about my addiction.

Why the Basement Recovery Project?

I had a keyworker at Recovery Steps who got me on the Freedom Programme at TBRP shortly after I was discharged. I’d do a period of time before some emotional event would trigger me and I’d do another bottle of vodka and went round in this cycle for a couple of months before I learned about a vacancy in the Basement’s male sober housing. This was an opportunity for me to throw myself into my recovery and deal with life events from a place of safety. I was nervous but excited at the same time.

Light at the end of the tunnel. Addiction Recovery Story by Sam

Where would you be now?

Honestly, I reckon I would’ve drunk myself to death.

How is life today?

Life today has got its ups and downs. There’s a lot going on in my personal life but the big difference is that I can cope and accept it without picking up a drink.

What would you say to someone considering getting in touch with us?

Do it! Just take the plunge and embrace the support. Put recovery as your number one and it may well just save your life.


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