I am 37 years old and come from Dundee. I had a good upbringing and loving family. I went to a Roman Catholic primary and secondary and attended the Catholic church until going to secondary school. In secondary school I started to drink and smoke cannabis. Fast forward a few years; by the time I was in my late teens I was drinking most nights and taking a lot of party drugs at weekends. Around this time I got prescribed Valium for anxiety. Throughout my life I have struggled with anxiety and found alcohol and Valium helped with this. I started to buy street Valium on top of my prescription and this went on till I was in my early twenties when I started to use heroin followed by a methadone prescription and anything else I could get my hands on. This led to over ten years of addiction always trying to escape from myself and the anxiety I struggle with.
Eventually I’d had enough and met an outreach worker (who I thank God for) who kept on at me to go to rehab. Last year I finally went to Teen Challenge, Willoughby House where I completed the first three phases of the programme. During my time in Willoughby House I gave my life to Christ. I am still on a journey but am walking with Him and starting to enjoy the freedom I have found in Christ. I am learning to deal with life and anxiety without having to run to drugs for comfort and believe this is down to having God in my life.
I have now been at The Haven since 15th January to do phase four and feel this is a great place to develop further in my walk with God. I now hope to continue to grow and fulfill the plan God has for my life.