Addiction, Health, Behaviour Change | CGL

Real stories

Stories from service users, staff and volunteers

  • Derek first came to ReNew in April 2016 to seek help for his drug and alcohol problems. Now, less than three years later Derek has turned his life around after gaining experience and training as a Peer Mentor, Volunteer and Service User Representative with Change Grow Live’s ReNew service in Hull.

  • The theme of this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week is ‘change’. In this story, Sarah talks about her problems with alcohol and her experience of change.

  • Change Grow Live volunteer and former service user, Lee, has written this poem about his recovery.

  • I started hep C treatment again in 2015, but this time it was a new medication. 12 tablets for 3 months, you can imagine my trepidation. But this time it was different, I could sleep, I had an appetite, I could continue going to work. I could even keep riding my bike. After 6 weeks, my hep C was completely cleared. I was cured.

  • I learned how to calm myself down, and deal with my feelings in a healthy way. I was taught how to have real relationships, love myself and understand the traumas in my life. 

  • I was scared and overwhelmed, but knew it was the right thing to do. 

  • I was addicted to heroin and crack on and off for 20 years - and if I can quit, well believe me anyone can do it.

  • Working for an organisation that acknowledges and rewards hard work makes it all the more rewarding to come in each morning.

  • Donna is in recovery from alcohol. She has been in recovery now for seven months after a small relapse in May 2017.