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Recovering alcoholic tells his story
Crime and Justice - UK Crime News
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September 2014 at 13:11
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During Alcohol Action Week, Cheshire Police are focusing on the effects that excessive drinking can have on the community and those that it impacts on.
Often Alcohol has a significant impact on not just the individual who is drinking excessively, but also on those closest to them.
To illustrate how devastating this impact can be, one man tells his story.Â His name has been changed to protect his identity, but the visible impact of his alcohol use is a situation seen all too often by police and other agencies who are called to pick up the pieces.
“I had been in trouble with the police numerous times over the years, always down to alcohol.Â I would drink too much and then get out of control.
One day though, I had a wakeup call.Â I had been drinking and, inevitably this led to me arguing with my partner.Â The argument got heated and being drunk, I lashed out and hit her.
I ran away at first, knowing the police would be looking for me and worried about what I had become.Â I realised then that this was the last straw.Â I was a changed person when I was drunk, I wasnâ€™t in control and now it had led to me hurting the person I cared most about.
I was at a point in my life where drink had more control over what happened to me than I did.Â It wasnâ€™t just me that was suffering either, my kids would come to see me and I would be drunk, my partner was having to deal with my behaviour and now I had crossed a line that left me fearing what I was turning into.
My own mother had got to the stage where she wouldnâ€™t speak to me; I even left threatening messages on her answerphone whilst drunk.Â I had hurt those around me to the point where I feared that their forgiveness would never be attainable.
I decided then that things needed to change, I made a choice.Â I handed myself in, it wasnâ€™t an easy thing to do, I wasnâ€™t sure what would happen to me and I didnâ€™t know how I was going to be able to face my partner after what I had done.Â I just knew that I didnâ€™t want to be this person anymore.
When I was bailed I went straight to the doctors to get help, they sent me to the local hospital as I had been harming myself, again down to the drinking.Â The hospital referred me to a group set up to help people who want to overcome alcohol addiction.
I went to court where I got a fine and was put on probation.Â I was sent on a course for people with Domestic Violence issues.
Now that I am off the drinking my life is better, 100% better in fact.Â My partner and I are together again and though it has been difficult for both of us, we are working together to get through it.Â I feel happier in myself; itâ€™s good to know that I am in control, that the people around me are happier.Â My kids and my partner feel safer now and they can see that I am in a better place and trying to stay there.
If you think you may have a problem with alcohol addiction the first thing you have to do is to admit it to yourself.Â If you canâ€™t do that, nothing will ever change.
I wouldnâ€™t have been able to do any of this without the support of my family and friends.Â To anyone out there who has a friend or loved one they are worried has an issue with alcohol, I would say be there for them, give them the support they need and be patient.
Itâ€™s a long road back from alcohol addiction and whilst I am not at the end of it yet, I am getting there.”
If this story sounds familiar to you, perhaps you are worried about your drinking or maybe someone you know shows the signs of alcohol addiction, help is available.Â For further information, help or advice, log onto:
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