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One of our clients, Nick, shares his experience of being on the streets at Christmas:

“For me being homeless at Christmas was a very dark place. I would see people happy with the joys of Christmas, which made me feel very lonely and sad as I sat in shop doorways trying to keep warm. I was hungry. I was in pain.

I didn’t want to carry on with life.

I missed my family, who didn’t want anything to do with me because of my addiction and the way of life I was leading. Christmas always seemed longer on the streets on my own, I even attempted to be arrested so I could get in to a prison for a while but that didn’t work, so back to the doorways I went.

I came to the Stonepillow Recovery Service to try and rebuild my life. I was given the chance and I took it. I have been here 3 months now and I have already noticed a big change in myself, I attend all the group sessions which are really helpful. I now have most of my family back in my life and I am rebuilding my relationships with them.

Over the weekend we put Christmas decorations up, something I haven’t done in a very long time, I feel part of a community again. I feel happy and content. I can actually say that I am looking forward to Christmas this year with all of my peers at the Recovery Service.”

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