Abuse and Addiction Are Devastating: I Choose Not to Be a Victim

Lauren Sherry shares a poignant family story of abuse, addiction and violence, and argues that such suffering needn’t necessarily lead to the misery of victimhood. From an early age I knew my dad was an alcoholic. He’d had an odd relationship with his parents. While I was raised smothered with affection, by contrast my dad Read more

Diving into the Wreck: ‘How Easy It Is To Slip Into Addiction’

Portsmouth writer and Star and Crescent regular Will Sutton reports on Diving into the Wreck, a moving performance on addiction and recovery by poet Maggie Sawkins and director Mark C. Hewitt, funded by the Big Lottery. “There’s a murderer in my head, and he wants me dead.” Within five minutes of Diving into the Wreck, Read more

A Version of Death

Before she became an addiction recovery worker, Jane Muir was an alcoholic. Here she shares some of her darkest experiences… and that moment of clarity that made her sober up.  When I was drinking I didn’t really wake up, I came to. I don’t think I experienced real sleep when I was drinking – I drank Read more

A Life in the Days of Kieran, Recovery Worker

Kieran Judge compares days from two parts of his life: before and after recovery. A Day in the Life of Kieran – After Recovery I start my day with a protein shake: a concoction of kale, peanut butter, milk, oats and protein powder. It tastes nicer than it sounds. I’ve become a bit of a Read more

A Day in the Life of a Recovery Worker

Jane Muir offers us a rare look-in to the important work she does with the Recovery Café on Kingston Road, a vital meeting place for Portsmouth’s recovering addicts and alcoholics. I wake up when the alarm goes off at 6.45. I lie in bed for a few minutes and consider my options. I normally get up fairly quickly so Read more

Portsmouth City Council Releases Budget Savings Proposals

The ruling adminstration of Portsmouth City Council has set out its budget savings proposals for 2016/17 to deliver £11 million of savings in the next financial year, responding directly to priorities identified by just under 2500 respondents to a recent Council consultation, Sarah Cheverton reports. Some of the key highlights in the budget savings proposals Read more