“I became homeless a few years ago through my alcohol addiction. One thing led to another and I found myself on the streets. It’s not nice the way people are looking at you and how being there makes you feel. But I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t see any way out.
“But then something in me said “enough is enough” and I knew where to go for help. The Simon Community were there for me when I needed them and they put me through their 12 week Detox programme.
“It wasn’t easy, but I came through the other side. I took full advantage of everything they had there for me, my keyworking, the group sessions and especially the gym…it’s amazing and has been a great outlet for me. I can’t explain what came over me. I just looked at the drink and said, ‘I don’t want anymore’.
“Simon has helped me change my life. They have opened my eyes to a better way of life and a better way of living and it’s just unbelievable the difference it has made. Now I don’t look at alcohol as a reward, I look at it as a punishment. It’s just not for me anymore.
“I’ve done a complete turnaround in the way I look at things. For many years in my life, alcohol was the be all and end all. I became homeless because of it. My future was just where’s the next drink coming from? With the help of the people in the Simon Community, today I see a future which I didn’t see before.
“It’s absolutely shocking to think that people are out on the streets in this day and age. It’s not getting any better but there are not enough services out there for people who want to try and better themselves. I was one of those people…I’m one of the lucky ones and I’m in a better place now.
“This time next year I’d like to be in my own home, have my own front door. But that will come to me when it comes to me. I’m not in any hurry to go anywhere at the moment. Am I where I want to be? No. Am I on the right journey to where I want to get to? Yes.
“I’m not looking for everything tomorrow. I’m happy where I am and I’m happy in the progress that I’m making. It’s just onwards and upwards for me at the moment.”
– Andy, a client of Simon’s Detox and Recovery services
Thanks to people like you, Andy is now living in one of our Recovery houses and is looking forward to what the future has to hold.
*Andy’s name has been changed to protect his identity