Tom was offered and accepted a place in rehab, but just after he started this, he found out that his landlord was selling the house he lived in and he had received one month’s notice. This meant he would have nowhere to go once he completed his rehabilitation. He got put in touch with Restore and offered a room in one of our shared houses. He describes the moment when he realised he was being offered a room at Restore as ‘surreal,’ after thinking he had nowhere to go: “I feel very fortunate- very blessed that that situation actually came around…I couldn’t be more grateful.”
Tom says his alcohol addiction had cost him everything: he’d lost his friends, his home and his job. The two years prior to his stay in rehab had been tough: he had isolated himself and hadn’t spoken to anyone. He recognises that – had it not been for the offer of a room at Restore – his chances of relapsing were extremely high. The assistance he received from Ben (his housing support worker) was a big part of helping Tom to stay sober during this crucial point of his recovery journey. Meeting up regularly with Ben and setting realistic goals together helped Tom to achieve the milestones he had set for himself and keep him away from destructive thoughts that could have negatively impacted his recovery.