Recovery Stories

A family story

12-18 February 2017 marks Children of Alcoholics week, a campaign led by Nacoa, (National Association for Children of Alcoholics) to raise awareness of children affected by parental alcohol problems. Here at Blenheim we provide support to drug and alcohol users, as well as their family and carers. Our family service based in Islington helps children, […]

Ian’s Story

Giving up cocaine was hard enough to imagine but I thought I’ve have more chance of dating Beyoncé than living without cannabis. I try not to think too much about the horrible things I’ve done and the people I’ve hurt along the way. Let’s just say that I was a nasty piece of work. I’d […]

Charlie’s Story

Being taken into care when I was 13 was the happiest time of my life. After 3 years of being sexually abused by my step dad, it was a relief to just feel safe. I only met my real dad a few times when mum took us to see him in prison before she remarried. […]

Madhuri’s Story

My name is Madhuri which in Gujurati means sweet girl. I am 29 years old and have a son who is just two and a half named Saadi which means happy. My life was sweet and happy and Blenheim are helping me to make it sweet and happy again. I arrived in England four years […]

Frank’s Story

I have been meaning to do something about my drinking for 37 years now. I do believe that 2014 will be the year that I finally bid farewell to my lifelong trusted companion, who’s name is Alcohol (in case you hadn’t figured that out) and move on. Why now you may ask? I don’t know […]

Mel’s Story

The first time I ever took drugs will be my last. My 18th birthday present from my best mate was a homemade chocolate cake decorated with ecstasy pills. We were going to a new club in the West End and my mates from college had chipped in to get us a table with Champagne and […]

Basir’s Story

The hardest thing for me is the guilt because of what I put my family through. The more they believed in me, the more pressure I felt, so just lied more and injected more to get through. I started using crack when I was 16. There was a lot of pressure on me to do […]

Monique’s Story

I met Jake on the ferry to Dover when I was 25. He was heading back home and I was just starting my holiday in England. It was a rough crossing and we were literally thrown together. I then spent my 3 week holiday in his flat in Camden. When I took the ferry back […]

Suki’s Story

I wish I had known about places like Blenheim when I was 11 and smoking cannabis or when I was 18 and doing cocaine or when I was 20 and into crack, but I know Blenheim now and I’m on the right track. And now I’m playing catch up for the wasted years and those […]

Syd’s Story

I was 18 when I started using drugs. Mum went into rehab and I picked up from where she left off. That’s what it seemed like anyway. I know I was scared of what would happen to mum and scared of being like her too but the drugs took that fear away. I met Kelly […]