"Would be using again if not for CRI"

About: CRI in the North / Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) York

(as a service user),

I had been in treatment for addiction by a methadone prescription for almost twenty years. Although I was reducing my methadone intake I had done this before but always gone back to using heroin whenever my methadone levels were reduced for any length of time. Although I saw a nurse when I collected my prescription I knew that it was boredom that was my danger point. The lower my methadone intake became the more I felt bored by doing nothing - whereas when using heroin I was happy to have no structure in my life. I came across CRI and the peer mentoring course purely by accident and I know it sounds corny but it really has changed my life. It has given me a sense of purpose and a feeling of belonging.

I know I still have things to work on, especially my confidence. But I am on the lowest methadone level since I first had it prescribed and I have things to look forward to. If I had not become involved with the staff at CRI I know I would be using again by now. Most of the people I started using with are dead. Each time I've managed to stop using it's been harder, and easier to start again. When I started using thirty years ago it was just a few friends looking to have some fun - we didn't think it would last a lifetime or so many people would die in the process.

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Response from Lucy Atkinson, Service Manager, CRI

It is fantastic that you have felt able to share your experience's of the support you have recieved so openly. Your journey will serve as real inspiration for staff and service users both past and present.

Thank you so very much for the wonderful feedback it is very much appreciated.

On behalf of all the team I would like to wish you every successful for the future.

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