"I came across the start program while I was having my first serious craving for ice after being off that drug for 4 months. My life had come falling down around me. I had been evicted from my house as I was unable to maintain the property. My children had been removed from my care by DHHS, my family and friends had wiped me from their lives as i had caused so much hurt and destruction during my 8 years in active addiction.
I knew I couldn't go back to the drugs, I had to get clean and stay clean in order to turn my life around and get my children back into my care. Making the phone call to the start program was scary as it meant i was admitting I was an addict and I needed help. But as soon as I spoke to Dean about the program I felt at ease. My first day at start was a bit of a blur but the community at start me feel welcome and it was the first time/place I didn't feel judged.
I have been a member of the start community for a few months now and it honestly had helped me get my life back on track. Through the program I have learnt how to manage my anger so I no longer explode at family and friends. I have learnt so much about myself, while I am the way I am, why i'm and addict and others aren't. I have found a new way of life with the help from the team at start, even through relapse on other drugs, the community helped me get into detox to clean myself up again. During my journey at start and with the help of their team, I now have a house again, I can manage the simple tasks in a day to day life that I wasn't able to do when I first walked through the doors. With the help of the program and peer supports and aod counselling I will have my children home by Christmas.
Through this program I have made my first lot of sober friends who want a better life than the drug world life that we once lived and repaired friendships and relationships with family. The Start program along with the help and support from their community I have turned my life around and I now have the tools and new learnt skills to take life on life's terms. I recommend this program to anyone I come across, as the start program has saved my life, turned my life around for the better, I cannot thank the team at start enough for the help and support during my darkest of days and now look forward to a very bright clean future."