I have been working in the Substance Misuse treatment sector for the past 10 years, having had 22 years experience of my own alcohol addiction issues. I went through the 'usual' things in my addiction, low self worth, poor health, divorce, homelessness, bankruptcy. Then 12 years ago, with the support of some very caring people, I found the strength to begin my journey away from alcohol and back to a life worth living. I decided I wanted to change my life around and work towards helping others who were struggling with their own addiction issues, and show that recovery is possible, no matter how much someone may be convinced for them it is not.
Originally beginning as a counsellor, I started working within the Voluntary Substance Misuse Sector. For the past 8 years I have been in workforce development and training, focusing on Substance Misuse awareness and recovery. As part of this role I gained A1/PTLLS/V1 (Internal Quality Assurance) qualifications in order to act as an assessor for drug and alcohol practitioners in Apprenticeships and Diploma's in Health & Social Care, with a focus in Substance Misuse. I currently work with a number of Substance Misuse Agencies, including Westminster Drug Project and RAPt, and am Substance Misuse Tutor and Internal Quality Assurance of Health & Social Care Diploma's and Apprenticeship's at City Lit FE College in Central London.
I also managed to gain a Distinction (1st) in a Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Addiction Psychology from London Metropolitan University. The focus of my research was Alcohol Consumption Amongst Methadone Maintenance Treatment Clients, examining how being on Methadone affected rates of alcohol intake. I was also a member of the University's Addiction Research Strategy group, a team dedicated to advancing the field of addiction research.
I am proud to volunteer as a peer mentor in my local drug and alcohol advisory service, where I run groups in first steps in recovery, as well as talking with anyone one that attends, and sharing my own experience.
I am a member of the Society for the Study for Addiction, the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium, DrugScope, and the International Council of Professional Therapists.