Hi, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Adam and I’ve suffered from addiction, I’m your Sober Companion, at the time I’m writing this I’m 43 years old and feel like I’ve lived three times as long!

Once it was described to me that a person’s life experiences can fit in a matchbox, I sometimes feel that mine could fit in a suitcase, that’s not to say I’ve lived more than you, or anyone else, but I can say with certainty that I’ve had a colourful carry on.

Occasionally I look back to see where I’ve come from it makes me both happy, proud, sad, elated and all the other emotions we all feel so deeply but have had so much practice hiding in one way or another.

It seems to me that I used all my energy and time doing my very best to bury feelings, hiding the truth, not only from others but from myself. When I look back, as I often do, it seems my life was unmanageable long before my addiction began.

Perhaps that was the real start of my problems, however I now know the answer after lots of hard work, soul searching and honesty.

I have been homeless, alone, frightened and frustrated. In my life I’ve loved and had a broken heart. We’ve all had good days and bad days where I’ve laughed, cried and felt helpless, but one thing I always believed was that I would win!

I am a recovering addict, an alcoholic although I prefer just to be called Adam. I’ve been sober over 5 1/2 years and it was hard work, but with support, love and dedication I took my life back.

If you’re prepared to put yourself first, if you’re prepared to put the work in and choose to be well, and if you believe you will beat your addiction you will too!

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