“Cocaine was meant to be fun – then it ruined my life.” Former Addict Releases Daily Rehab Diary

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A North London man is releasing his personal rehab diary beginning on the third anniversary of getting ‘clean’ from the cocaine use that robbed him of his friends, his money, his home and his wellbeing.

I hope it helps other people to understand, to know that they’re not alone and to see that it is possible to come through using drugs and rebuild a life

Steve started taking cocaine with friends when he was 18; over the next ten years he lost everything and was more than £100,000 in debt, all spent on the drug, before a breakdown forced him into treatment.

He kept a journal every day for the three months he spent in rehab – each day a new entry will be published on http://www.trusttheprocess.org/blog so that others can follow his journey and understand more about what cocaine did to him and how rehab and recovery feels.

Cocaine had a big impact on Steve’s life: “When I started taking cocaine, I thought it was a pretty harmless way to enhance my nights out with friends but that wasn’t how it turned out for me. I must have spent more than £200,000 on cocaine and it almost cost me everything. By the time I was 22, I was using it every day behind closed doors and borrowing money that I couldn’t pay back just to buy more,” he said.

Steve is releasing his journal to show others the reality of addiction and treatment: “I reached my lowest point and finally told people what was going on. Two days later, I was in treatment at TTP in Luton and I’ve been clean ever since but it wasn’t easy. I kept a journal every day of my treatment and now I’m sharing that so that other people can see what rehab feels like. I hope it helps other people to understand, to know that they’re not alone and to see that it is possible to come through using drugs and rebuild a life,” he explained.

To see Steve’s rehab diary, visit http://www.trusttheprocess.org/blog on 16 June 2010 and return for daily updates over the next three months.

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