I got my first prison sentence at 24. I was a heavy drug user, I started taking ecstasy at 12 and was smoking heroin by 16. I hid my drug abuse from my partner and my family and I think the fact that I was concealing it is the reason I didn’t go to prison earlier.
I was stuck in a bad cycle and it took a long time before I realised that I would have to change to break that cycle. I was in prison for years, I’d get out and reoffend and be back in again with a few days.
This is my third time starting with Bridge and it’s third time lucky for me because I’m here almost a year and haven’t been in any trouble or picked up any charges. Bridge is right where I want to be at the moment, most of my friends that I started taking drugs with are dead. I don’t want that for myself or my family. I never injected but I smoked heroin for a long time.
We have a great group here, we all gelled really well. It’s funny, I swore I’d never do group work and now I love the group.
We have a great group here, we all gelled really well. It’s funny, I swore I’d never do group work and now I love the group and hearing others talk about wanting to stay off drugs helps me to stay off drugs too. I left school at 12 and now I’m getting my FETAC awards. Bridge has done that for me.
I want to be in a job and earning and living a good life and I know now that Bridge is making this happen for me.