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Hi, I’m from Dublin. I was raised in a good family and had everything I wanted growing up but when I was young I was attracted to a lot of trouble. I remember in school I always made it as hard as I could for the teachers to do their job, I didn’t want to listen and was very disruptive. Then when I was fourteen years old, I got thrown out of school and when that happened, I went completely out of control.I began hanging around with other lads who weren’t in school either and started to smoke hash, drink a lot and steal cars. I was getting in trouble with the police a bit and when I was seventeen I got the opportunity to go and work in Ibiza. I jumped at the chance to go and when I got there, I realised very quickly that drugs were like a way of life there. I was there for two seasons and in that time I thought I was having the time of my life but couldn’t see the bigger picture.I started to take ecstasy and cocaine for a little while then I got involved with a gang of lads and started to sell a lot of ecstasy. I was making a lot of money and thought I was lucky but in the end I started to do crack cocaine and like this all the money I was making seemed to evaporate and I got into debt. In the end I left the island in a hurry because the fear I had of these lads was too big.When I got back to Dublin, I felt in pieces and had not wanted to do anything. I started to hang around with heroin addicts and through my own choice started to take heroin. What followed was six years of hell. I started to rob to get money and my family suffered a lot. I didn’t have normal thoughts, the only thing I thought about was where to get the money and heroin.Then my Mam found out about Cenacolo and at this stage I was in pieces and thought I was too weak to enter somewhere like Cenacolo but in the time I was going to the meetings, I had a couple of friends who died of drug related deaths and knew I was heading that way myself so I entered into the house in Knock when I was twenty-five and it wasn’t easy because I started to face my fears and difficulties without drugs or alcohol and that was something I hadn’t done in my life but I saw with time that I was getting stronger and started to see the person that drugs made me and the person I was becoming. From Knock I was transferred to a house in the UK and having spent some time there, I was transferred to Italy.I’ve learnt so much in Community. I’ve learnt to work, speak Italian, play the guitar and more importantly how to live without drugs. Now because of Community I have choices again and can see a future for the first time in my life.