"Get on the recovery bus - peace, love & tranquillity"

About: Change Grow Live / Halton Integrated Recovery Service

(as a staff member),

I'm now in my early 40's and have been addicted to substances since the age of 9. I took my last substance at the age of forty. I took my last medication last year. However I have hated everything around drugs since a very young age, I was POWERLESS to release the chains of addiction. I moved house. Changed friends tried other drugs to replace the ones the where doing me harm. THIS DOES NOT WORK. I tried everything I could think off. But still I didn’t wake up that the problem was ME. I lost weight. I looked ill. I was homeless for a time I begged in the streets of my own town like a dog. My own family seen this. I didn’t CHANGE. I went to prison didn’t CHANGE. Tried it again because I thought it would get me clean. Didn’t change. I stopped washing didn’t CHANGE. I lost my first Family didn’t CHANGE. I lost my second Family. DIDN’T CHANGE. I was suffering from malnutrition I was lonely even in a crowd of people. My mental health suffered significantly.

I LOST MY SOUL AND SPIRIT. DIDN’T CHANGE. My children were taken in to Care. Something Had to CHANGE. I came and started to engage with CGL as I had nowhere to turn. I joined in groups (e. g. ) SMART EBI AND F. O. R (Foundations of Recovery) which were all PARAMOUNT to my Recovery. I was helped and taught how to access true recovery. I was inspired and encouraged at every turn. See the help was there I had just never truly accepted it. I also Accessed MUTUAL AID (e. g. ) N. A. Narcotics Anonymous. We are NEVER ALONE.

Where I found a substantial Recovery Community. I found a new way to LIVE. And boy have started to LIVE. Since then I have won my kids back from Court. I have become a PEER MENTOR. Then I ACCESSED THE Volunteer ROLE. Which I HAVE ENJOYED whole heatedly.

Now I am EMPLOYED by CGL as a Recovery Champ. This has not only changed my Life it’s changed my Children’s, My Mothers and my partner’s life. I cannot really put this into Words. So please believe me when I say this has not just changed my life but everyone around me. They don’t need to live in fear pain and worry anymore.

Today I live a life beyond my wildest Dreams. Please get on the recovery bus. You know it makes sense. Don’t ever give in. Peace, Love and tranquillity. 

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Response from Kelly Miller, Quality, Governance, Audit and Performance Lead, Halton Integrated Recovery Service, CGL 9 months ago
Kelly Miller
Quality, Governance, Audit and Performance Lead, Halton Integrated Recovery Service,

I work with the team to make our service the best it can be.

Submitted on 09/10/2019 at 16:40
Published on Care Opinion on 10/10/2019 at 10:14

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Thank you so much for sharing your story, it really moved me. I'm sure it will touch others in many ways whether they are in the place you once were or are a family member living in the pain and worry. I believe your story will give others hope, inspiration and motivation to make changes in their lives. Our team and our clients are really lucky to have you here working with us and I hope your journey takes you wherever you want to go.

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Update posted by Sinnbad76 (a staff member)

AWE Thanks Kelly

I appreciate your positive feedback.


Response from Bec Davison, Director of Quality, Change Grown Live 9 months ago
Bec Davison
Director of Quality,
Change Grown Live
Submitted on 11/10/2019 at 09:23
Published on Care Opinion at 10:13

Wow. That is amamzing story. That has made my Friday. You have given so many others hope. Thank you so so much for sharing. You have done amazingly. If you can do it, anyone can. It's a priveledge to hear.

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