George had been using alcohol since he was young. He had been in a relationship and had a child at the age of 16 and still drank but it was not problematic at the time. During this time he had become a father again outside of his relationship and the pressure of living a double life had caused him to drink more heavily as a coping mechanism.
He became depressed later on in life which became unbearable after the unexpected death of family members, this lead to more self-medicating with alcohol, George admits to not taking care of his health while drinking and not eating which led to him being taken into hospital with a serious health problems and organ failure leaving him at one point in a coma for months.
On his release from hospital he was weak and had to use a walking stick to get around. He was referred to an alcohol service that helped but he felt he needed additional support to totally abstain from the using alcohol rather than cutting down. Attending alcohol services helped him understand just how much he had lost through his drinking, including family, relationships, jobs and his driving license and although he was receiving and valued counseling at the service he states he had problems expressing how he really felt. While attending counseling another user of that service recommended Moving On Inverclyde.
George came in early September 2017 and today is active in the Moving On Inverclyde program and feels the wide range of different activities on offer make a real difference in his life. He values the chance to talk over his problems with other people who have a shared lived experience and appreciates the key-working he receives. He states that being able to share with the other people on the project has helped him see that other people feel the way he does and he is not alone in his recovery. He also states Moving On Inverclyde, has helped him learn new skills and in meeting new people and has reduced his feelings of isolation and that his participation in what the service provides has dramatically changed his outlook to a more positive one. He now has learned to no longer focus on the past and the negatives in his life, and now feels he has developed the ability to cope with the bad days as and when they come without resorting to his old behavior (self-medication with alcohol).
George says he feels he wants to volunteer and give something back to the community. After completing Moving On he plans to attend further education to study social care and counseling to help others overcome the problems he has faced. He feels that having these goals and something to aim for in his life will be beneficial for him and that with the support of Moving On Inverclyde, that they are realistic and achievable. He feels today he can see a much brighter future for himself.