Darren can...

NAME: Darren

FROM: Middlesbrough

ABOUT: Drugs Recovery

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MY #BOROMANCAN STORY:

“I think I was born an addict, a product of the environment I was in, I didn’t like myself and rebelled”

Darren tells of his bullying at 13 year old, outside of school, from so-called mates he spent his time with. His teachers told him he was smart, and could really achieve, but he saw ‘good, smart’ kids who did their work standing out, and not as a good thing. He didn’t want to get bullied and wanted to fit in with the ‘hard kids’; he got into drug use, cannabis, others and later Heroin.

“It really got much worse when my mum discovered me injecting. She locked me in the house for 4 days, and I was ill, really ill”. A year later, I was on a methadone programme but was still continually using other drugs. This cycle continued for 14 years in and out of treatments, homelessness and always substituting one drug with another, prescribed or not. “I just wasn’t moving on, getting any better. Methadone was more crime prevention I thought than serious recovery treatment”. Darren found success at the Recovery Connections service, where he has received a stack of support that he has welcomed with open arms. He has maintained contact with key friends who support him, and through support workers found safe accommodation where he can build a real life for himself. “Recovery for me is about good support networks, connecting with those who have been there before, and getting involved in helping others”. Darren has been working on a peer research programme for homeless needs assessments and a new ‘being the difference’ course.

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  • If you want help with substance or alcohol addiction and want to get the best support to turn your life around, Call Middlesbrough Recovering Together on 01642 876323. You can also refer others to the service.