Service Manager for the Weekend Service in Harrow

My name is Sam and I one of the service managers for Build on Belief Harrow.  I have been working here alongside Helen since May 2018. 

I started taking drugs when I was 13. I progressed from taking cannabis and alcohol recreationally to using ecstasy, cocaine and eventually crack. I started to use prescription meds on top and my relationship with drugs became a lot more chaotic. If I can be honest it was a laugh at times and I had some fun but it all caught up on me one day.

I used drugs to block out a lot of things that I couldn’t deal with like getting picked on when I was young and the loss of my best friend due to suicide. I thought drugs were my friend when they were the complete opposite. My reckless drug use nearly killed me a few times and got me sectioned.  I was a mess. I knew I had to stop but didn’t have a clue how to do it. I sought help from my local treatment centre and started going to NA meetings. This began to change the way I thought. I started to learn from it all and understand why I used like I did.

Fortunately I was funded for residential rehab and a day programme. This helped give me some recovery tools and some clean time but I needed something to do in life.

Since I have a good knowledge of drugs I thought volunteering for my local treatment centre might be a good idea. I started volunteering for BoB in 2017 when I was a year clean. It gave me something to get up for in the mornings, some purpose in life. The two Linda's and Barry were my managers and helped me so much as well as the other volunteers I worked alongside. The great thing about BoB is that it’s run by people with lived experience of addiction so everyone understands each other and it’s open on the weekends, where lots of services are shut.  One of my favourite things about BoB is constantly meeting like-minded people who I can relate too.

At BoB we do everything from cooking groups, mindfulness, arts & crafts to exercise groups and bike rides. I found the most important thing is to make people feel welcome and offer support where we can. I have taken part in some fascinating training workshops that made getting a job in the field a lot easier with my insight and experience from volunteering. I now work part time for CGL Rise in Ealing as well as my role at Build on Belief.  I'm proud to say I have been in recovery for nearly 5 years.

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