Neil was facing an uphill road back to a normal life after failed suicide attempts but broke out of his own hell with help from Turning Point’s Rochdale and Oldham staff
I was facing death before I found Turning Point. It may seem blunt to just put it out there, but I had 3 failed attempts at ending my life. The route of these attempts was a severe addiction to cocaine. I had been using some form of stimulant from the age of 16 where I was supplied with vitamins as a professional rugby player. My game of death with cocaine started around the age of 31. I was using only socially. One gram a month, if that.
Over the next 8 years that monster grew to 8-10 grams a day, 7 days a week. I was spending both mine and my soon to be ex-wife’s money (secretively) on it as well as taking money from my parents. That was my lowest ever point. My wife at the time tried to help and kept it to herself, but I had already left the building. I had lost my job and my soul mate. I was in real danger of losing my house and family. I felt that the sick, sneaky, thieving junky that I had become would be better off dead and the world would be a better place, but my parents dragged me to Turning Point. They laid down the law and offered me tough love, but supported me.
Read how Neil turned his life around here.
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This article first appeared on the Turning Point Blog.