Michael’s story

Michael’s life turned around when he was referred to the Docherty Project.

Michael started drinking at 19 and became alcohol dependent at the age of 21. Two years later he started to take drugs.

“My life as been badly affected in many ways – close relationships ended, my mother and family did not want to know me. I am now back in touch with my family and visit my mum on a regular basis. The big change is that my family want to support and be there for me. It is still early days for my recovery but if it were not for the Docherty Project and the support that was provided I would have ended up on the streets, spent more time in prison or even worse.”
The first key stage of his support plan from his key worker was to sign Michael up to a drinks plan. Michael continued: “I managed to reduce my drinking which was a big improvement for me.”
But over a period of time working with the project staff, attending day trips and accepting health support, Michael recognised that he could achieve his goal of giving up his addictions permanently. “I attended a Ramp programme for six weeks at the Docherty Project – each session concentrated on one aspect of alcoholism and drug use which was a real eye-opener to me. I am now pleased to say that I am now drug free and have not taken a drink since last July. After making improvements, I was offered a flat of my own in Longsight also run by Great Places with minimum support.

Victoria Busby, Service Manager at the Docherty Project, said: “It was great to see Michael’s motivation and confidence grow during his involvement with staff and service at The Docherty Project. We wish him all the best for his future.”

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