I’m a phase 3 resident in The Haven. I came here 9 month ago and it has totally transformed my life. I grew up in Cumbernauld and up until the age of 13 I was doing all the right things, learning at school, playing football and just being a typical boy.
Not long after turning 13 I was introduced to cannabis, and I loved the feeling it gave me. My attitude and perspective towards life changed very quickly after that and I was seeking acceptance in all the wrong places. I stopped going to school, getting stoned every day and started taking the so called party drugs every weekend. Very rapidly my life was spiralling out of control and when I was 16 I received a prison sentence, which ended up being the first of many for me. I was in and out of the young offenders’ institution and then the adult prison system. It was when serving a 3 year sentence I ended up with an opiate addiction which I absolutely hated; I had seen the horrible effect it had on my dad and others in the my area but I just couldn’t stop - it had a grip of me.
I tried to rid myself off my addiction numerous times trying different things, moving areas, isolating from old friends and prior to The Haven, two other rehabs. One thing I hadn’t tried though was Jesus Christ and when I admitted on the 12th of August I couldn’t do it on my own and needed His strength to change, He touched my heart and has been changing my life every day since. I now have a peace in my life I never thought I’d have; my family are over the moon and are also going to church now after seeing the change in me. I’m now in a position where God is using me to help others in the position I was in once, sharing my testimony with them and being a witness for him.
My futures looking bright for the first time since I can remember thanks to Him and I’m looking forward to seeing what He has in store for me.