Guest Stories

Tom’s Journey Update (Ups & Downs)

**** TRIGGER WARNING:  suicide and other mental health challenges shared here could be triggering ****** What goes up, must come down or must it… Many of you may have read my ‘rubbish road to recovery‘ blog. A story of alcoholism, drug addiction and depression. My journey to sobriety by means of community work and a ...

M’s Story

M’s Story (trigger warning: details of emotional abuse follows, make sure you are safe before continuing) I took up painting in lockdown. I found a set of paints while tidying my cupboard that I had bought from Poundland and never got round to using them. I collected round flat stones suitable for painting on while ...

Experience of GPs while seeking help for, and recovering from, anorexia – From Naomi

Hi, my name is Naomi and I have lived experience of an eating disorder. This Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the charity Beat are focusing on eating disorder specific education and training for medical professionals, mainly GPs. Beat says that the average GP gets less than 2 hours of training in eating disorders across their whole ...

John’s Addiction Recovery Story: 5 Years Clean After 22 Years Using

John reflects on his years using, his overdose and life made up of both relapses and recovery.   So many #SUNAddictionRecoveryStories start with trauma, and John’s was in his twenties when his father died. See and hear him tell his story in his own words here which we hope will help others in addiction and their ...

Christy’s Addiction Story: Business Owner to Homeless to Recovery

Christy is enthusiastic, energetic, and full of life and hope.  He must have seemed like a different person when he was homeless, had lost his business, and all hope.  But he talks about it here, sharing his happiness and a passion that he found coming out the other side of addiction into recovery. *** TRIGGER ...

Photos of Ely Guest Blog from Mark

Mark’s shared some of his photos previously, which he takes while cycling with a friend enjoying architecture in the city where he lives, taking care of himself by getting some fresh air while learning. Here’s some new one’s he’s sent.  Enjoy. To find support for addiction recovery, reach out and get help. Change Grow Live, ...