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Gemma's Story - Life is pretty good - achieving my goals and continuing to live my life drug free

Hi my name is Gemma, and just over 2 years ago I was heavily into drugs with my problem substance being amphetamine.  I started experimenting at 17 yrs. old and it quickly escalated to using every day.  My addiction got progressively worse and took me to some very dark places.  I lost all self- worth and self-esteem and was so broken.  My daughter was living with my mum and everyone I loved I had pushed away.  I felt dead inside with no purpose and no hope.  I was not living I was just existing. 

In June 2015 I was referred to Broadreach with secondary treatment at Longreach in Plymouth.  I did not go with much hope as I had not been clean in 17 years so really did not think I was going to get it the first time, but I did know that I could not carry on the way I was going, because If I did I would be dead.  I went to Broadreach on the 17th August 2015 and then on to Longreach one week later.  I stayed at Longreach for 18 weeks and it changed my life forever.  I learnt so much about myself.  Why I felt I needed to destroy myself on a daily basis. I then began to rebuild my confidence, my self-esteem, and self-worth.  My relationship with my daughter and loved ones returned and were stronger than ever.  I worked through all the difficult traumas that I had experienced through the group work and 1:1 counselling sessions.  I honestly can say I am a completely different person today than the broken girl that walked through those doors.

After I left Longreach I relocated to Plymouth and managed to secure a place in Broadreach’s supported housing and after about 6 months started to volunteer and Longreach doing some administration work.  I continued this for about a year.  In April 2017 I was offered a job at Broadreach as part of the admissions team, where we help the people just like me get into treatment.  This I am especially proud of.  I have also secured my own home now in Plymouth and my daughter visits most weekends.  Life is pretty good and Longreach has played a huge part in me achieving my goals and continuing to live my life drug free.