Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol and substance misuse can have a major impact on not only your life but also those that are close to you.  Getting the right and help and support can make all the difference to your recovery and not being dependent upon alcohol or substances. Below is some information we hope you will find useful..

Get help and support for yourself or someone you know

There are a number of support services in Telford & Wrekin, the MyLife portal provides you with all the information you will need about local services:

The Recovery Journey

Hearing accounts of real people that are making that recovery can make a difference here are two people who have shared their journey with us so far:

My name is Becky. I had always suffered with low self esteem from school, I started experimenting with drugs at a relatively older age, I was 23 when I had my first ecstacy tablet, along with amphetamines and weed. My boyfriend at the time was very experienced in all aspects of drugs, he took me under his wing and I went along willingly and thoroughly enjoyed every weekend under the influence.

I had about 2 years with uppers, towards the end of that period I was in pretty bad shape physically and mentally, I was pretty close to a break down, along with the effects of the drugs and trying to cope with an abusive relationship, then my father being diagnosed with the terminal illness MND and then my mother dying, I found heroin. It was just what I needed to stop me from self imploding from stress. I was able to function normally again and cope with everything that was going on in my life. I can’t remember when heroin stopped helping and became the ultimate problem, but it did.
I had 8 years with heroin, I never became a “bang at it, shoplifting user”, I had a methadone prescription from early on so it helped me to not become out f control, but I did steal from my family a few times and when they found out about my addiction I was mortified and knew I had to do something about it.

I managed to stop using and get quite low on my methadone prescription a few times, but I’d get so far and a personal issue would get me using again. I had been told about various groups available for people in recovery but had always thought they would not be what I needed, mixing with other users at different stages of recovery, I didn’t feel strong enough to be around that.

Then one afternoon waiting for my Dr’s appointment I bumped into the Recovery Co-ordinator Reception at Portico House, he told me what groups were available and most of all they were safe.
I started attending Telford After Care Team (TACT) and things were better from there, being with positive people serious about recovery, the opportunities for voluntary work with TACT and the educational courses to better myself and increase my self esteem, while improving my CV to get a better job.

I’m not 100% clean yet, but I have not used heroin for 1 1/2years and should be off my methadone script by August. Attending TACT and meeting the positive people in the same situation as me has turned my life around in all aspects. That is the different tool I needed to help me get clean and stay clean.

My name is Jack and I previously used drugs for over 22 years. With me it started when I was at school at the age of 13. Due to a feeling of peer pressure and wanting to fit in I started using aerosols. I believed at the time these helped me to cope with the pressure of school and home life. This progressed onto using cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines until I left school at the age of 17. Soon the amphetamines became a problem for me and I was using up to 3 grams a day in binges, stopping then starting again once I could no longer face the comedown.

My life spiralled out of control and I was stealing from my family and friends to pay for my habit, eventually I was told to leave my parents home so I moved into a bedsit which was arranged for me by the local housing association. Moving made my problems even worse as by the time I was 18 I started using heroin with other tenants who lived in the bedsits with me.

Over the next few years my lifestyle and state of mind went into self destruct mode. To fund my addiction I was constantly stealing and getting into trouble with the police for numerous crimes. Finally I came to a point where I had no control left and the heroin was dictating my every move every day, from getting up in the morning going out stealing to get money, then trying to score all evening. This constant cycle of feeding my addiction got harder and harder until I got to the point where I could no longer carry on.

I had experienced to overdoses myself during my addiction and I finally had a realisation that if I carried on I would be dead or in prison. My parents thankfully  let me move back home as long as I quit heroin for good so I got myself a methadone script and finally reduced myself and did a home detox. During my detox I used cannabis as a replacement and to self medicate and continued using it for the next ten years. The cannabis caused me to become socially isolated and I suffered from anxiety, panic attacks and suicidal ideation until I finally give it up.

I have now been drug free for almost two years and I can honestly say it is the most liberating feeling to not have to depend on anything to make it through the day. I now volunteer with the Telford after care team (TACT) and with Nacro and feel I have ambition once again to make success with my life. My voluntary work has helped me to deal with my anxiety and depression a great deal and the people I work with are real supportive to me, not only with my past substance problems but also my previous mental health problems as well. Up until a year ago I couldn’t even step a foot out of my house to go to the shop due to my anxiety. Now thanks to my voluntary and the new lease of life I feel from conquering my addiction I am doing talks at schools in front of up to sixty children about the dangers of substances. Hopefully what I have learned in life can dissuade others from following in my footsteps.

I also facilitate two recovery groups a week now which brings me great reward helping others. The message I try to give to the service users I meet every day in my voluntary work is to keep looking forward and never look back, and to believe that anyone can free themselves of addiction. It’s on old clique but if I can do it anybody can.

My life is just beginning at the age of 38 but I have plenty of time to build a great life for myself.

It’s never too late to change.