As the saying goes, there is no kingdom greater than the human soul. I have always been interested in how we - humans - work and operate. What are our motivations? How do we deal with weaknesses? How do we recognise our abilities and connect with others? I guess one word that would describe me is curious.
For many years I struggled with alcohol addiction. I lost everything from my job to my home. After I was evicted from the place I was living I just couldn't get things back together. There is a sense of hopelessness, failure and loss that comes with homelessness. It's really difficult to fully understand unless you've experienced it first hand.
I was referred to Kairos in February 2018. I started residential rehab with them which lasted 6 months and I've been sober ever since! I'm currently staying in one of their dry houses and being supported by an incredible community. The people who were my counsellors at Kairos were all former addicts - they were real! I envied them at the beginning but then they became my inspiration. I decided to follow in their footsteps and become a counsellor myself. In a few years I hope to have a place to call my own and be working as a trainee counsellor while continuing my education to get fully qualified.
I've done my Level 2 counselling course and it's allowed me to get to know and understand myself better. I'm excited to continue with my Level 3. For someone who is recovering from active addiction the work is never done, and whatever I learn I can apply into my personal development. I'm determined to be a valuable member of society.