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Drugs, alcohol and an unstable upbringing. I wouldn’t say my life journey is one of normality or one that has been easy, but it certainly has led me to some of the amazing work that I do today.
I am going to start my story at 25 years of age when I walked into a charity called NACOA. At this stage of my life I had stopped using alcohol and drugs for about a year and I was looking to volunteer and give back. I knew I wanted to give back and help with people who have struggled in similar ways to me.
I look back over my life and see how my life has been hugely influenced as a youngster. At the age of 3 or 4 years old I remember my dad being quite violent, angry and an extremely chaotic man who scared me when he was drunk and often scared me when he was sober.
In those years me and my 2 brothers spent a lot of time upstairs away from my dad. We learnt very quickly that you don’t talk, you don’t trust and you don’t feel.