“The main thing I learned in Coolmine was how to love myself again and how to cope with my feelings without taking drugs. I learned to walk away from situations and also how to handle situations. I learned everyday things that I had lost during my addiction.
“Recovery has changed my whole life around. It has given me good relationships in my family. I am able to sit with my feelings and not take drugs to make the feelings go away. I am able to do normal everyday things that I couldn’t do in my addiction. It has given me so many great opportunities, new friends and a beautiful godson from Ashleigh House.
“From being in recovery I am now able to hold down a job, I can buy myself nice things without depending on my family, I have paid for a holiday for myself, I have gotten friends and family back that I lost during my addiction.
I wish people in addiction knew there was more to life than taking drugs, there is so much more in this world for everyone. I wish they knew the things they can achieve in life in recovery. I hope everyone in addiction gets to see sobriety.”