Like many others who come through our addiction recovery service, Jim’s past was a lifestyle of drug and alcohol abuse, severely poor health and violence.
“For me, heroin was more than just a drug; it was a vocation. I put everything into it, and that was all I needed. As a child I enjoyed being creative, whether that was drawing or making something, but once heroin came along I no longer had the time for it.”
“I spent many years like this, got myself into some trouble and ended up being stabbed. I also contracted Hepatitis C through injecting myself. Something had to give, so I ended up in a rehab centre to go through detox. I made the decision to give up my flat, I knew it would be too easy to just go back there and give up on rehab. After my initial stint in the rehab, I needed somewhere more permanent to go to. A place that could offer me the support I needed, but also help me gain the independence of living outside of the centre. That’s where See Change’s supported housing came in.”
“I’ve been with See Change now for over a year and have progressed really well. I like the fact that I am expected to take responsibility for my own recovery; how well I do and what changes I make are down to me. Being here has allowed me to rediscover my love for art, for creating things. I started with simple pen drawings and now I’ve started working on a range of different pieces including masks and bowls. I’m in my element when I’m creating, it feels like the first positive thing I’ve done in a long time. I hope one day I can sell some of my art, I’ve already had a display in a local charity shop. I’ve also been more comfortable with going out and doing more activities, social stuff. Drugs were always a barrier for me before and now I’m up for trying anything new. I’ve also completed my treatment for Hep C which is a great achievement for me”
You can see more of Jim’s artwork on our Facebook page.