My name is Paul and I am an addict. I found Broadway Lodge in 2003 when I found myself lost in a world where I hated life. I felt completely alone; I was broken and no one was listening. I felt like I was being passed from person to person and deteriorating fast so I made the decision to go into treatment for drugs and alcohol. At first, I was sceptical and reluctant as I had never heard of therapy. I was self-destructing rapidly and this decision saved my life. I was having suicidal thoughts and all I needed was a safe place where someone could listen to me. I’ve never been much of a talker; I was a shy, lost little boy but as I built up my trust with my counsellor I found it easy to ‘open up’ and talk. When I found it difficult to talk and explain my feelings my counsellor Adrian would encourage me to write, which is something I’d never done before. I’d never spoken about myself and this was so uncomfortable for me but Adrian was very empathic, compassionate and sympathetic and it helped me. At times I am quite an awkward and challenging character but my counsellor never gave up on me and he would challenge me all the time. The people who work at Broadway Lodge have a natural skill with communicating; they are spiritual and full of warmth. With the help of my counsellor and other members of staff, today I am much quicker to recognise problems and instead of reacting negatively and without thinking, I search for a solution. I have never thought very much of myself; I didn’t like who I was and I couldn’t see a future but today I more accepting of who I am, what I am capable of and what I can achieve. With the love, support and guidance of Adrian and the Nurses (who don’t get enough credit) I am 14 years clean of drugs and not had a drink for 19 years. Adrian cleared my mind but most importantly he has given me the confidence to realise that I am a good person with great qualities. I am very proud to say that I am the person that I should have always been. Broadway Lodge has surely saved not only my life but many others.

Paul W 

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