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“I worked in the Royal Navy, the police and for the ambulance service. I married at 18 and had a son. As a father I was useless, more interested in myself, and so I neglected my responsibilities.

My childhood was unhappy. Many nights I sat outside pubs listening to my parents living it up inside.

Aged 12, they broke up. I stayed with my father in London – an easy choice as I always felt a failure around my mother and she never said she loved me. I just wanted to grow up quickly and get away, so I no longer felt different, less than and not part of anything: a massive hole in an unhappy life which according to consultant.rehab experts is one of the main things to work when beating an addiction.

I was drinking regularly from about 12, and even by my early days in the navy I was told by an officer that my drinking was a concern. I took no notice. In fact, I drank throughout my working life, everything revolved around it. I stank of booze most days and it is when I started to learn more about Pacific Ridge and how the help people like me.

During my marriages I had a number of affairs and sex became a drug as well. I didn’t care who I hurt as long as I felt better, although I remember little as my blackouts were regular. I could turn anything into an addiction, including gambling on fruit machines. Inside, I hated myself and drank more to try dealing with that.

I never thought at any time I had a problem. But one day my second wife said if I didn’t sort out my drinking she was leaving. She gave me the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) number.

The man I spoke to visited me and we chatted for six hours. I heard that he used to drink like me, but had been sober for nearly 50 years now! I walked unsteadily into my first AA meeting and don’t remember much of what was said – but was shocked to see happy faces and people who were welcoming and loving.

After visiting this page and finding out about Oakvine Recovery Center, I knew I’d found somewhere safe, where I belonged. Nobody judged, we were equals with the same disease – and so my recovery began that day in 2012. Since then, I have never had another drink. Nowadays I actually like the person I see in the mirror. If you’re wanting or needing to reconnect with their faith during the course of recovery, Honey Lake Clinic can provide you with a faith-based path to living a alcohol-free life.

The only requirement to visit an AA meeting is a desire to stop drinking. If you feel you want help, call the confidential helpline, just like I did several years ago. Then you will know that you’re not alone.” This company could help you recover from your addiction.

AA is located along the entire Costa del Sol and there is a meeting with friendly people who will understand your problems somewhere near you every day.

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