Life Story: “I’m ever so grateful to Harbour for saving my life”
My name is Jimmy, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and how I got here. I will start with how it was for me; I started drinking at an early age, 13years old, and it was that quick realisation how alcohol made me feel ok and accepted within a particular group.
My drug use didn’t start until my nineteenth year which came about in Wormwood Scrubs Prison where I was introduced to heroin. There was that immediate effect of feeling okay. I thought I had found my drug of choice; one which gave me a false sense of security which lasted years throughout my time in the penal system. One prison cell was very much like the last padded cell – a living hell. However, it was all I knew, any normal person would have realised long ago that this isn’t right; to feel safe in a padded cell.
I have been assessed by 3 psychiatrists who had me ‘tagged’ as a paranoid schizophrenic and habitual criminal. Just more tags pinned to me. At one appointment my girlfriend came with me and managed to convince them that I was ‘none of the above’. I was just an addict and if my addiction was
addressed then the crime would stop. I was given the opportunity to go to Clouds House a 12 step approach rehab and then onto Plymouth.
I spent over a decade in recovery. Unfortunately I relapsed in 2014 after thinking I was ‘normal’. I initially started drinking a glass of wine every night for about 2 years then I found myself back in a crack house, same-old-same-old. I was back on the heroin again and when the consequences
started to amount I had nowhere to turn but The Harbour Centre. I cannot remember what month I referred myself but what I do know I owe the team a hell of a lot of gratitude for saving my life. They managed to get me enough funding to get me detoxification treatment. I can never begin to try and square that debt I owe even if I lived ten life times. All I can do is stay ‘clean’ and sober a day at a time my amends will hopefully pay some of the debt I owe.
I’m ever so grateful to Harbour for saving my life. You will never know just how grateful I am.