I first tried alcohol soon after I started secondary school. I was doing well academically and was a capable student with lots of potential. Socially, I was shy and lacked confidence. I thought that I needed to do something to change the way I felt. I cared more about getting boyfriends, being popular and having a good time, than my grades. It never occurred to me that lots of damage was being done during those so-called good times.

At first, alcohol seemed a great solution to all my problems, but then it started causing me problems as I slowly became addicted to it, and eventually my addiction took everything from me and almost cost me my life.

It took me many years to finally get the help I needed, and it was very nearly too late. Asking for help was the most courageous thing I have done, and I now live a very fulfilling and enjoyable life. I am really grateful to have been given a second chance to make the very best of my life.

I now support other people in recovery and try to help them on their own journeys. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of Five Lives and hope that sharing my experience can help other people, who may be struggling with aspects of their life, to reach out and ultimately get the help that can change their life for the better.