Ivan’s Story

Ivan’s Story

“I got to the point that my legs were ready to be amputated and my liver was shutting down.”

 

I hope my story will help those who are struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

Growing up without parents, as their parental rights were ceased due to alcohol addiction, I skipped school and happened to try alcohol at an early age. Since I did not work anywhere, I had to steal the drink.

What started as casual drinking, later became casual weed smoking. It was not that scary at first. But over time, weed was replaced with heavier drugs and I ended up in prison. After being released, I returned to my addiction which brought me to prison again.

Life flew past me. I gave twenty years of my life to drug addiction alone. I tried many things, but nothing could help me quit. I lost my beloved girlfriend who was pregnant at the time, lost my friends, my health.

I met my daughter for the first time when she was seventeen. All these seventeen years I was not with her and it made me realise that I have to do something about my life. I moved to England, I thought that by changing the country and social circle, I would be able to stop my addiction and start a new life. But I was wrong.

My addiction took over me again, and I got to the point that my legs were ready to be amputated and my liver was shutting down. I almost agreed to the fact that I didn’t have much to live. But I couldn’t cope with it by myself and reached for help.

Fortunately, Exodus Recovery accepted me into their programme. I met the recovery centre coordinator and pastor of Christian Mission Church who helped to get rid of my addiction.
I haven’t used drugs for almost two years. I don’t drink or smoke, I don’t swear. My legs healed and my liver restored with the help of special treatment. Relationships with my daughter are slowly getting better.

I realised one thing for myself that no matter how hard it was, in no case should I give up. There is practically no chance for one to cope with drug addiction.

Thank God that there are still people in the world who are not indifferent to the fate of such people and they are ready to take part and help.

 

Ivan went through a successful recovery in London, England.

 

Thank God that there are still people in the world who are not indifferent to the fate of such people and they are ready to take part and help.

Worried about your loved one’s drinking or drug abuse?

Remember, addiction is not a life sentence! Even with the slightest desire and support of the family, the person can recover. Don’t waste any more time and reach out to us for help to give a new life to your loved one.

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