I was street homeless for many years, after coming into contact with a charity called ‘No Second Night Out’ I was referred to Pagnell Street hostel in Lewisham, where I saw a doctor and underwent an alcohol detox, the detox would have been pointless if I wasn’t able to access secure accommodation as I would have been back on the street where it is very difficult to stay sober.
I was offered a place in Phoenix’s supported housing service in Lewisham, and moved in straight after my detox. It was hard at first and difficult to engage in the therapeutic work as I wasn’t used to it. I was really angry and had had no contact with my family in a long time.
I never thought I would be able to stop drinking until I went to Bromley Road, I attended the groups and one to ones and was able to talk to people who were similar to me, the groups and one to ones made me want to change my behavior.
I moved on to the second stage of the housing pathway after four months, where I got help from the Employment, Training and Education service. I am now very proud to say that I am volunteering with the British Hart Foundation which I really enjoy, I am studying English at college and I have been engaging with IAPT to address my mental health issues. I have even got back in touch with my family and we have been building up relationships again.
A highlight of my time here at Lewisham Supported Housing has been that I got to go sailing on Phoenix’s annual Voyage of Recovery.