Gareth's Story

Gareth lives at Andrew House, he was kind enough to share his story;

"I first moved into Andrew House in January 2013 after a 2 week detox at Broadway Lodge. Although I had been given pre and post detox support by ARA in Weston, I had very little knowledge about recovery, AA or the path I should be taking now I was clean and sober for the first time in 15 years.

After my assessment, I had to wait several weeks before being able to move into Andrew House. I felt lost in my sobriety. Confused about where my life would be going but committed to staying sober. I am now in employment, have been involved with many organisations in and around recovery and have a life I could only have dreamed of 12 months ago. I see my children twice a month, have a fantastic relationship with my family and have regained those old friends that had got so frustrated during my active addiction. This is in no short measure, due to the support, guidance and positivity given to me by the Staff and Residents of Andrew House. In short, this house has allowed me to become the person I always wanted to be.

It's like a family home. The Residents all help and guide each other. The Staff are so much more, showing interest, support and advice without ever being intrusive. If one of us is down, we rally round. We are, for all intents and purposes, in this together. I have truly good friends here. I feel safe, secure and at home for the first time in years.

I truly hope that these doors can welcome and help as many people as possible to find their way in recovery. It's not easy at times, but when you are surrounded by so many amazing people, it can be a fun and educating journey.

Andrew House, I love this place!"