Change Grow Live – health and social care charity
Dudley
Recovery Champion

"Around 30 years ago personal difficulties and escapism drove me into the grip of a crack cocaine and heroin addiction that spanned the following 24 years. I slowly began to lose everything: my job, my home, my family, my health. I spent a lot of this time sofa-surfing in crack dens. I also lost 18 months of freedom – I was imprisoned for dealing drugs.

I’m now 53 years old, and I’ve been abstinent for 2 years with help from Oxygen, Drug Link and Change Grow Live. It hasn’t been an easy path, but I’ve come out the other side. I’m now a paid member of Change Grow Live staff – a Recovery Champion. I find that helping and giving time to others is really rewarding. I spend a lot of my own time outside of working hours helping the community and giving something back. Being selfless helps me immensely."