Paul’s Story

Paul started drinking when he was nine. By the time he was 20 he was addicted to both heroin and alcohol.

Here is his story.

“Two of my brothers died due to addiction and I ended up living on the streets. I was chronically ill, both physically and mentally. I felt trapped, consumed by the thought of the next drink or drug. I hated myself so much I wanted to die.

“In 2013 I completed a detox and moved to one of Transform’s recovery houses in Farnham. It gives me a safe environment to act as a base for my recovery, so I can get the support I need. Transform staff are willing and able to help you regain your independence but you must be completely honest with them, and the rebuilding process takes time.

“Now I am sober and free from illicit drugs. I’ve lost over five stone and have had two knee replacements, so I can do more physically. I’m rebuilding my relationships with my sons, I’m managing better financially and I’m doing voluntary work. I hope to use my experiences to benefit others by offering peer support. My mental health is much more balanced and I am much happier. I am beginning to like myself again.”

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Thousands of people have gained their independence through supported housing. The Starts at Home campaign aims to ensure that people who need extra support will always have a home that meets their needs.

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