Steven's story

I’ve had an ongoing battle with drug use for over 20 years which led me down a dark path. I was in a place where I was miserable and I couldn’t see a way out. My mental health deteriorated so badly to a point where I frequently overdosed on drugs.

I was desperate to try anything that would help me. I didn’t know much about Penumbra at the beginning but heard it was a really good service and felt ready to give it a try.

My support from Penumbra has given me a positive in my life, something to look forward to and gave me a chance to speak with someone and get things off my mind. Penumbra gave me a chance to be listened to and a safe place to talk which I didn’t have consistently in my life before. Meeting someone in the community gave me a chance to work through my anxiety with them and got me out.  I felt I had someone I could talk to that understood me and was not judgmental.

For the first time I am excited for what my future holds.

To me recovery means being able to lead a fulfilling life and being able to feel happier in myself. I am now 6 months clean of all drugs and feeling much happier.  Penumbra has helped me to see recovery as a possibility for me and to have a positive influence in my life that gave me hope.

I am now currently working towards the goal of helping people who are going through similar situations to me, sharing my experience and giving people hope. For the first time I am excited for what my future holds.

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Steven.

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