Meet Pete, 26, from Leeds. Pete began smoking cannabis with friends in college. Soon enough he had developed a daily habit, one that threatened his closest relationships and promising career. This is Pete’s account of how he turned to Port of Call for help with his recovery.
‘I’m leaving you Pete.’ These were the words I’d been dreading. My long-suffering girlfriend had never liked my cannabis habit. I’d begun smoking before we met, four years ago, and she’d reluctantly come to accept that it was just part of my de-stressing routine after a long day trying to hit my sales targets. In the space of 18 months though I’d gone from salesman of the year to being demoted. She’d had enough.
When she left it sent me into a bit of a depression. I smoked to escape my emotions. Four, five joints a day to escape the anxiety. I began calling in sick to work and just not turning up some days. All my money was going on weed, which was also a worry when I was sober enough to check my bank balance. It was all a vicious cycle. One that felt impossible to get out of to be honest.
The breaking point came when I got a knock on the door one day, completely out of the blue. It turned out to be my mum and dad, my line manager and an intervention counsellor. They sat me down and told me how my drug taking was hurting them and myself. My mum even recounted some conversations with my now ex-girlfriend about how she’d wanted to start a family, just not with an addict.
My parents had found the intervention guy through Port of Call and he was brilliant in talking me through my options and helping me to put things in perspective. Port of Call checked me in to a private drug rehab clinic here in Yorkshire. I was willing to give it a go for my family, and I knew I had to change because my life was going nowhere.
I went through detox, which was tough but essential to my recovery process. Then the therapy team supported me with various different therapies, like individual and group counselling. It was all backed up by the 12-step philosophy, which has become a big part of my life now. I was in rehab for four weeks in total and it really helped me to focus on what’s important.
I’m a member of Narcotics Anonymous now and have made some really good friends out of it. I haven’t smoked for nearly a year and it’s all down to the drug addiction help that I got from Port of Call.
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