“I was coming out of the shop with a bottle of alcohol when I bumped into a man who works in the homeless services. He was like: ‘Jeff! Where the fuck have you been? I haven’t seen you in a month!’ ‘I was sleeping in a tent in Phoenix Park’, I said, ‘I can’t get a bed anywhere!’ He asked what I was doing that day but I just said ‘Nothing’ because I couldn’t tell him the truth. He said ‘Come with me and I’ll sign you up for a bed’. I remember sitting on the bed that night thinking I should really tell someone… It was like bits of me were coming back and I was looking for help. The next day, I went down to the chap and I told him that I was just about to take my own life just before we met. I broke down and I started to cry telling him how much I hated alcohol. I knew it was killing me. It was what made me think of walking under a bus. He asked me if I have ever heard of the Simon Community’s three-week detox program? I was like, What’s the point? I was drinking for 30 years, do you think they will be able to cure me in three weeks? No way, I said. He told me if I did it he would give me a bed for those three weeks, what did I have to lose? So I went in and I was sweating so much the first day but after the third day, I felt like I was in a fucking paradise. It was like magic, everyone was so nice there. I did the three weeks and then I got the notice that I was accepted into the six-month recovery program with Simon Community and I was able to move into a lovely house in Tallaght. I didn’t know anyone in the house but in an hour it felt like home. I wasn’t nervous and I was able to talk to people without any anxiety. It was just a total boom! My issues were blown away. Gone! Since then I joined meditation groups and art classes… I joined all sorts of art projects. I’m off alcohol for five years now and I’ve never felt better. I think about that day like my mother was looking after me from up there. She must have sent that chap, right when I was ready to change.”
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