Going sober doesn’t just happen in October. Here’s how one resident is thriving thanks to our no-alcohol policy…
“I started drinking as a young teenager, a lot like everyone else, but gradually it got out of hand. I don’t really like talking about the bad times, but they were bad. Trust me when I say that no one decides to be an alcoholic. I lost a lot.
“I was made redundant in January of 2023, which in turn meant I lost my tenancy. I began to sofa surf – it was stressful and didn’t help my drinking. I thought that was my lowest point until one day I woke up covered in blood. I had a burst artery and ended up in hospital for two weeks. Even though it was a terrible time those two weeks were enough for me to detox from the alcohol.
“Whilst I was in hospital, a lovely lady from the church I attend visited me. She was so kind and put me in touch with CENS. She explained about the no drinking policy and that I would be breathalysed every time I enter the building.
“It was an easy decision to make – I wanted to stop drinking and turn my life around so of course I said yes please. CENS referred me to a drug and alcohol support group, Phoenix Futures, which has helped me no end. It allows me to focus every day on how I can stay sober and it’s encouraging to hear other people’s stories.
“I love being at CENS. To know there’s no alcohol on the premises and no drunk people in the building is reassuring. Despite my health problems, this is the best I have felt in a long time. I like doing jobs around the building, such as the weeding.
“CENS have helped me apply to the council for help and Beacon House have been very supportive as well. I am not sure what the future looks like for me, but I am determined to stay sober and make the most of the rest of my life.”