Stairway to success

Brian’s Story

Brian small.jpgI was just 12 years old when I started using cannabis.  It wasn’t long before I was addicted to heroin and committing shop lifting offense to fund my habit.  This was my life; drug addiction, crime and homelessness.   In 2015, I decided I wanted to change; I attempted abstinence but unfortunately relapsed.  Using heroin, crack cocaine and diazepam daily I made the decision to seek the help of Sanctuary Trust Halsall House project.

At Halsall house Brian quickly engaged with drug services and progressed through the Stages System.  This was very much the easy part for Brian, he had already made the decision he didn’t want to use anymore; he welcomed the structure of an abstinence project and wanted to engage with the package of support.  What Brian found difficult was managing a growing feeling of guilt and remorse.  He couldn’t understand why, after a short period of abstinence, he fell back into old habits. He felt he let down his friends, family, and himself.

Sanctuary Trust engaged with Brian through our Success Project.  Brian started to understand how he had created pathways in his brain that subconsciously impact on his decision making.  Brian recognised his power to change these pathways; with repeated and directed attention toward the designed change he managed to retrain his brain at Halsall House.

“It can be very difficult to change a habit of a life time.  Truly, there is no elevator to Success; you really do have to take the stairs!  I am happy to report that I remain abstinent and have since moved on to my own tenancy” 

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