Separate to the drug use, Martin developed arthritis, which made it impossible for him to continue working. Eventually he had to tell his family about his problem. “That was probably the hardest thing I had to do — lots of tears, sadness and relief that I was recognising it finally.
“I started looking around my circle of friends and seeing they were all going nowhere, so I thought, ‘If I don’t do anything about it now I’ll end up dead.’”
Martin thought of rehab as a place for ‘scum’ but despite that he found his way to The Salvation Army’s Bridge House and then Harry Hunter Rehabilitation Centre. He says the staff made a massive difference to his recovery — they were “…some of the most beautiful, forgiving and giving people. I was never judged.”
One quote that resonates with Martin was from Salvo worker Major Paul, who said, “Put as much effort into your recovery as you did into your addiction.”
Today Martin is eager to give back to his community and make amends with the people he hurt. He’s enrolled in a community services course, leads his local Narcotics Anonymous group and volunteers one day a week at Harry Hunter helping others in situations similar to his.
“This place literally saved my life. And it gave me a chance at a new life. I’m forever thankful for the people who invested in me.”