I was morally and financially bankrupt, a man living in a delusional existence, and I had become somebody I loved to ignore.
I had desperately wanted to get into rehab for some time, but had never found the belief in myself to be able to address my problems, until one day I had just reached the point of desperation. I had no money, no one to turn to, I was homeless and my family support network had all but evaporated.
I was living in Brighton at the time, when on this one day I found myself walking into a homeless charity called Antifreeze to ask for help. There I met a man called Tom who was a support worker who connected with me straight away, and made me feel heard and visible for the first time in a long time.
Tom searched for places where I could get the help I so desperately needed to address my alcohol problem, Brighton has no funding whatsoever for residential treatment. Eventually, and after numerous calls to places, he contacted Ros at Gloucester House and she offered me the opportunity of an assessment. Within two weeks I had visited the centre, been assessed by her, and was offered a place to turn my life around, and I couldn’t believe it.
I have never in my life believed there was a grand creator, or a God, but if I did that was the moment my cynical nature said it would be so good to be true. All I know today after being sober for over a year now, is that I am so truly grateful for Gloucester House and the Buy a Bed Fund, because it has literally saved my life and given me the chance to have a new future.
In Gloucester House I had amazing, caring people all around me, and I have learnt to experience real joy again. Since being there I have met some new amazing friends in recovery, all that had received funding from the BAB scheme; and the sad thing is there are many more people out there in the same situation that as I was in.
So thank you so much to all those people that have made this possible