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RL’s Story

I came to Livingstone House April 8th 2014 with a 26 year history of substance misuse, the last 17 years dependent upon heroin and methadone.


I lost my home in 1999 and since then I have been floating around from one place to another staying with friends and family until I exhausted all my chances to stop. Detached from all relationships with my family and living on the streets for the last few months of my using with no hope of stopping.

I was taken off the streets into a SHELTER and was referred to Livingstone House. Three weeks later I was in treatment, then started my understanding around addiction and a 12 step programme and also a disciplined approach to living again. Contact was made through Livingstone House to my immediate family members and occasional visits. I completed residential treatment of 6 months moved into their dry house and wanted recovery. Took on the suggestions and I have established myself in 12 step groups in Birmingham with service. Built a healthy relationship with my family members including my father which was non-existent for 10 years. I have a good network of friends in recovery.

I am going back to college in September to do a music technology NVQ. My driving licence is on its way back. I have just been offered a flat of my own which I will be moving in to shortly, I am 13 months clean and I am under no doubts that without Livingstone House and all that are part of it , I would have nothing going on today.

Thank you Livingstone House.

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