Christine’s story

I wish there was a Transform for everyone...

When I look back I see that I always had a drink problem. After a difficult and abusive relationship, alcohol had a real hold on me. I was drinking for confidence to stand up for myself.

I stopped for about a year, but after a glass of wine at a party it all started again. It was worse than before and I ended up in hospital, physically and emotionally broken. The doctor referred me to a detox clinic straight away and from there I went to rehab. At the end of the programme something told me I needed more time to recover. I was relieved when I was referred to Transform to support me with my new life.

I was drinking for confidence to stand up for myself.

At the time I had a million issues, but the staff at Transform were really patient with me. My real turning point was when I opened up to my support worker about my self-harming. I thought she would be upset and angry but instead, she offered me the support I needed. For the first time I knew I was safe.

Life is great now. I have been in recovery for over 10 years and have a life without alcohol and I am working at a local rehabilitation centre. I get such a buzz from supporting other people to start a new life in recovery. I have also rekindled my relationship with my family. My grandson is my world and it makes me very happy when he comes to stay.

I have been in recovery for over 10 years and have a life without alcohol.

I am now living in my own flat with Transform and I feel so lucky. Without them, none of this would have been possible, I am so lucky – I wish there was a Transform for everyone.

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