Having left the army after serving 6 years in the 90’s my life spiralled into drinking and heavily getting into trouble with the police. The situation grew steadily worse and I was getting into serious debt, life had become one crisis after another. By the time I was made aware of CAIS Peer Mentoring I was ready to try anything that could help. The positive response and help I initially received gave me the push I needed to consider getting into some kind of recovery-after all these guys had been through it themselves and knew how to go about it, I didn’t have much to lose at this point, so I gave it a go.
Since then I’ve benefited from attending various courses & sessions designed to help me cope with the real life that floods in when the drinking is put to one side. The drop-in helped enormously as I had more and more been keeping my own company, here I could engage with like-minded people in a social setting that encouraged recovery without judging me, this is what i think makes Peer Mentoring a bit different to most other services.
My world is still not perfect but it’s a country mile better than it was, with on-going engagement perhaps I can help others who aren’t aware of just how much help is out there.