“I had it pretty tough as a kid and I have done a lot of jail. I have done 17 years all up and have been an addict since I was 16. I have four kids and life was pretty bad at one point. When I hit 16 I was up at Kings Cross selling and using a lot of drugs and for the next 20 or so years I was in and out of jail, fighting my addictions.”
“Things got pretty bad, for a while there I was homeless and staying in squats in and around Kings Cross. I started using heroin and then ended up going to jail for two years. When I got out I swore I would never use it again but then I graduated to ice and that was my drug of dependence for many years.”
“I got told so much that I was a scumbag… you start believing it and when you start believing it you give up on yourself.
I made the decision to stay out of jail and get my life on track in 2012 and I managed to do it for four years, I really turned my life around.”
“I ended up back into using and back in jail. I made a firm decision to get my life back on track. It wasn’t as simple for me as going to rehab; I knew I had a lot of other stuff to deal with.”
“From the first phone interview I had, I could feel the fact that they cared, which was really positive for me. The care plan itself was moulded according to what I needed. We smashed it out of the ballpark. Everything, every goal that was set we achieved.”
“I personally don’t believe there is a cure; it will always be there in the background. All I can do is work on myself. I have to say I am a lot more in tune with my emotions and anger. We did 10 weeks to work through my anger and I have come a long way in that regard.”
“There were a few little things, the videos, the content in that program that helped me understand it. Now I am working two jobs. That’s massive for me. They get me by, and I have my licence back and a car and my own place. I have actually got a life now. It has been quite some time since I had that.”
“For the first time I can wake up every morning and I am happy, smiling and content with how things are going.”
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