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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, […]


Guest Blog: Tom’s Rubbish Road to Recovery

TRIGGER WARNING:  honest talk about suicidal thoughts below may be upsetting The alarm goes off, snooze, 5 more minutes. I close my eyes, my head pounding, a deep feeling of emptiness, hate for the world that I have woken up. Why couldn’t I have gone quietly in my sleep? Another day…… Another drink…… Early years […]


Hannah Feeling Pain After Cocaine

Hannah’s story sounded familiar insomuch as here was a young person grappling with teenage challenges such as wanting to fit in, figuring out who they are, peer pressure, and struggling with parents–all at the same time. TRIGGER WARNING, HANNAH TALKS ABOUT SUICIDE But Hannah’s way of coping with all these things involved cocaine.  Hear her […]


Karim’s ARS: Withdrawing from Heroin under pressure to complete his degree

In December I was honoured to record part of Karim’s story of how he found himself in addiction, and the amazing story of his recovery. With his permission, we’ve published 11 clips of him talking in his own words, online.  Anyone can share these videos to learn about addiction, break down some of the stigma […]

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Addiction Recovery Story: JH on drugs, homelessness & family

JH shared part of her addiction recovery story and she brought so much encouragement and inspiration from many challenges in her life.  Alongside the tough story is so much positivity. “I never thought I’d get away from the drugs as they’d been a part of my life since I was ten years old.”   She shares […]


Scott: Addiction Recovery Story: early days sober

Scott worked in the military and never noticed a problem with his drinking.  Then he changed careers and started a job that was very stressful and where he saw trauma regularly.  This seemed to be linked to him having a drink to unwind after a tough shift, which escalated until he was drinking all night […]


Recovery is a Slippery Fish

Dermot offers his talented, vulnerable, insightful and moving poetic word-picture of addiction and recovery.  Trigger warning: there are themes of deep despair and thoughts of suicide amongst his words of hope for healing: Recovery is a slippery fish I sit here once again thinking about where it went wrong. I have of course relapsed. I […]


Addiction Recovery Story during lockdown 2020

I talked to a lady last month who decided recently that she would wean herself off the one large bottle of gin she needed to drink daily. She couldn’t get into a residential detox during the covid-19 lockdown, so she researched alcohol withdrawal and taught herself what to expect. She had the page up on her […]

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