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John's Story


Hi I am John an alcoholic in recovery for the past 3 plus years

Alcohol was part of my life for 35 years, during that period I worked, drank and raised a family in that order and I thought life was grand and that my drinking pattern was the norm and did not affect those around me in a negative way.

When I took early retirement I tried to chance my lifestyle, sobriety was part of that change and for a while the future looked good but alas it did not last and I returned to the drink with gusto, it was during this period that I finally began to realise that my drinking was an issue not only for me but also those close to me.

People talk about hitting rock bottom, for me I could see the bottom, in fact the bottom came up and hit me in the face. I was lucky in that both my wife and daughter had attended the week long Family programme here in Aiserir and through it had gained an insight and understanding of the disease that is alcoholism.

On a Saturday morning in Feb 2013 I picked up the phone and rang Aiseiri and for the first time admitted to someone that my drinking was a problem.5 week later I entered through the gates of this centre to begin a life in recovery from addiction.

The treatment model used was for me exactly what I need, the bit of tough love did not go astray and I believe it was the first time in my life that I got to know the real John. The 28 Day treatment programme along with the 2 year Aftercare programme (Facilitated brilliantly by volunteers) helped both I and my wife to rebuild our relationship.

In the Big Book of AA it states “if we are painstaking about this phase of our development we will be amazed before we are half way through, we will know a new freedom and a new happiness” for me becoming a resident in Aiseiri was the beginning of this development.

The freedom and happiness is being realised by me, my recovery is about building trusting and loving relationships with those I love and thanks to Aiseiri I continue to do that one day at time.



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