Name: Saffron Austin
How did your addiction start?
My addiction began at the age of 8 at junior school due to bullying. I started with self-harm and food as my addiction, and then it quickly went to Alcohol, Cannabis, Cocaine, and Crack.
What was your experience when you were under the influence of drugs/alcohol?
It was so horrific, embarrassing, shameful, fearful, scary, blackouts, violence, arrests, car crashes, hospitals, lonely, isolated, homeless and wanting to die.
When did you reach the point where you felt its time to fight addiction?
I started in 2018
How was your journey towards sobriety?
Difficult, unattainable, frightening, emotional and constant.
How does life feel now?
Amazing! A new lease of life and new freedom, peace, serenity, and happiness!
What message would you like to give to people who are struggling with drug/alcohol addiction?
However tough things get, remember it doesn’t have to be permanent. You can change it and make life what you want it to be, but you have to take a piece of humble pie and ask for the help, accept the help and learn to help yourself.