“I was drinking with a neighbour, constantly drinking. I would drink about 18 cans of larger a night. One evening I had gone to bed drunk and all of a sudden the fire alarm had gone off, I was awoken and could see the fire but I couldn’t stand up. I managed to stumble into the front room and call for help. The fire brigade came, I was arrested at the scene and I woke up in jail.
It was then that I woke up in prison and I knew that I needed help. I did a course which looked at the health risks of drinking but I needed to do more work with my addiction
I came out of prison and we had a welcome home party, my neighbour handed me a can of beer, I took a drink and it was disgusting, it wasn’t agreeing with me. It took me an entire evening to finish that can but after 3 days of hanging around with my neighbour I was back drinking like I was before.
I was pushing my family and friends away. I was only 8 weeks out of jail. I had a row with my neighbour’s boyfriend, a threat was made and I was reported to the police.
I was on my way to see the probation officer and there was a knock at the door, it was the police and I was straight back inside.”
The blog continues tomorrow, where Stephen will tell us how he got help. You can catch up on the blog by reading day one here