Following our Story - May

A Case Study with... Tom

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I could not go a day without sticking a needle in my arm or committing a crime to fund my habit. I was well accustomed to sleeping rough and in trouble with the police. My life was unmanageable. I arrived at the Nelson Trust in August 2014 knowing I needed an abstinence-based treatment programme. I had been in supported housing but this just didn’t work for me.

My time at the Nelson Trust has been really great and I’m currently residing in one of their resettlement houses. I’ve been given the opportunity to get clean and be with others in similar situations. I’ve had the opportunity to look at the core issues from my past and learnt to manage my emotions without the need for drink or drugs.

When I arrived at the Nelson Trust I was 4 stone underweight and have regained a healthy weight but it is not only the physical benefits which I have seen. My self-belief has been restored and I know I can achieve things. I ran the Stroud Half Marathon last year and this year I will be running more.

During treatment my peers helped me to improve myself as things were pointed out to me that I wouldn’t have worked on. If the Nelson Trust didn’t exist I would have probably ended in prison or have over-dosed which I had done a few times in the past. I am currently re-taking my GCSE Maths and English and looking at applying for an Access course at University, hopefully in Health and Social Care.

I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to come to the Nelson Trust and thanks to the staff for giving everyone the opportunity to come here. Coming to the Nelson Trust has improved my life, my prospects, and the lives of the loved ones around me.

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