My name’s Sid and I’m an alcoholic…

I remember many years ago, when I was in my very early twenties, I standing outside a pub in Middlesbrough chatting to Jimmy Hartnett about this and that as we did when we bumped into one another when we heard laughter and a boisterous shout before we were swept up in a crushing hug by… Continue Reading My name’s Sid and I’m an alcoholic…

My name’s Cecilia, I’m an alcoholic & today I’ve been sober for 25 years

I remember one night in 1991 going to play darts with the girls from the Spring Gardens over to a pub in St George. We were in two cars and I was stuck in the back of one of them with the landlady of the Spring Gardens and somebody I can’t remember. I do remember… Continue Reading My name’s Cecilia, I’m an alcoholic & today I’ve been sober for 25 years

Twenty three years and counting

When I first had to stop drinking and using drugs 23 years ago I was well aware that even though I knew that I was looking at certain death if I carried on a large part of me didn’t want to stop. Alcohol particularly had been my solace and my shield since I was 14… Continue Reading Twenty three years and counting

I’d rather die than drink again

Back in 1983 I was stood outside of a pub in Linthorpe in Middlesbrough talking to a guy who I knew from church. He was a former Middlesbrough footballer, long retired at that time, and we talked football, people we knew and other irrelevancies. As we stood and chatted a famous football name stumbled out… Continue Reading I’d rather die than drink again

A tale of addiction & why legalizing drugs will not stop drug related crime

I gave up drinking nearly 20 years ago on the same day that I gave up abusing drugs of both the legal and the illegal kind. I stopped them one morning after being told that if I carried on the way I was then I would be dead within two years. Two years of dying… Continue Reading A tale of addiction & why legalizing drugs will not stop drug related crime