By the time I was 13, alcohol was my constant companion… whether at home with my alcoholic father, or socialising, it was an accepted part of my culture. This soon led to other drugs—so that by the time I was 21, I was using heroin regularly.
Somehow I managed to hide my addictions in the workplace, and on becoming a father at 24, I thought that by alternating my substances to “pot” (marijuana) and alcohol I became more ‘acceptable’.
This was a temporary fix. By the time I was 28, I was back into heroin, supplemented by amphetamines. That simply destroyed my family. I couldn’t work; couldn’t hold down a job. Methadone gave temporary respite, but it never lasted long, as it didn’t address core issues. That sent me further into the drug scene, until I was 45.
At no stage had I dealt with the reasons why I was addicted. With a jail sentence hanging over my head, I found a pamphlet at a Drug and Alcohol Detox Centre, which led me to Transformations.
On my third attempt, and 3 years later, I graduated. Transformations went deeper into WHY I was using, instead of just ‘drying out’. This was confronting initially—which is why it took so long.
My thinking, behavioural patterns, and work ethic were challenged, and then transformed. I realised I was a physical, emotional, social and spiritual being, and that all aspects of my life needed to be in order to be a well-balanced person. This program has not only restored my life, but also my family.