Dave rented a flat off Scotland Road, but because it was burgled a couple of times and set on fire, it wasn’t habitable. He was having major problems with his landlord to get any repair work done at all.
After a split with his girlfriend, who he has a child to, Dave started drinking and ended up sleeping on a friends couch. The friend was already being supported by The Whitechapel Centre and this is how we first met Dave, in March 2012.
When Dave was allocated a support worker, Peter , he felt life wasn’t worth living. He was constantly drinking and taking cocaine, which left him very depressed and, in the week before they met, he had tried to take his own life with an overdose of sleeping tablets.
Peter spent time talking to Dave, he explains, “Despite his depression I discovered that he has a good sense of humour and I think I managed to connect to him through this. I let him know that there is someone there on his side, who does care about him and I’d be there for him until he’s back clean and sober, something he thought he would never be able to manage.”
Peter booked appointments for Dave at LCAS (Liverpool Community Alcohol Service) and accompanied him to each one. At first he was pretty aggressive towards staff, but would always apologise and say he was sorry. He didn’t know why he was acting this way.
In June Peter took Dave to look around the Park View Project. After meeting with the manager there Dave decided he would like to go in and stay.
Peter made arrangements for Dave to go into The Windsor Clinic to detox and to then go immediately to Park View, so that he did not have time to start drinking again. Dave did well in The Windsor Clinic, Peter continued to visit him there and they could both see the change in him.
Peter was there again when Dave left the Windsor Clinic and took him straight over to Park View and signed him in. Dave successfully completed his 8 month stay in Park View and has now moved into supported housing.
Dave said, “I can’t thank the Whitechapel Centre enough. Peter’s support went far beyond what I expected. He took me to appointments when I know a drink or a drug would have got in the way. He always had my best interests at heart, he gave me courage and he pushed me to achieve this.
“I will never forget the help I got, when I met Peter I was at such a low point I could easily be dead now. I wanted to die, but now I want to be alive. I keep myself busy, I’ve got 28 years experience of drink and drugs so now I volunteer as a peer mentor, supporting people who are still in that place. I’m living proof that there is a way out.”