Having a son who’s in recovery from substance misuse, I wanted to understand addiction so I could help him and myself recover and repair a fractured relationship.
The pain as a mother of not being able to help him with his torment, led me to educate myself on addiction. Gaining various qualifications. Family coach training Train the trainer, Level 2 Counselling, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Trauma Informed Environment, PTTLs .
I set up family support groups across Manchester, helping other families understand and support their loved ones.
I read, spoke to many recovering addicts and their families, so I investigated addiction more in depth.
I currently Family Lead Coach, Manchester for Emerging Futures and facilitate Family RAMP for Acorn. I also co facilitate the Counselling Level 2 for Acorn Academy and facilitate Recovery/Family coach training for Emerging Futures, all on a voluntary basis.
It became very apparent that trauma was cause of most suffering addiction.
I learnt about Maggie through a family member, who is now a close friend and became interested in the Foundation.
I observed many similarities with family struggles of a loved ones suffering and the support that can be given to both victim and family.
Due to my experience around trauma, addiction and supporting families, I felt I could help in some way. Even if it’s offering training and support to those on the telephone lines.
I have a great passion for helping others to be the best they can be.