Addiction

Adam’s Journey

Everyone’s journey into and beyond homelessness is different. Multiple societal factors, multiple life situations and backgrounds, with multiple outcomes, underlining the fact that sometimes the system works and sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes it’s a mix of the two, as is the case with Adam. Here’s to Adam and a brighter, more stable and happier […]

Geery’s Story (Homelessness, Mental Health, Migration, Addiction, Lighthouse)

Geery Frenstacky, originally from the Czech Republic has lived in the UK for 27 years. During this time he has worked and had claimed benefits. Although many details for his life are unknown we do know Geery developed serious Mental Health issues and has been sectioned several times. During one of the admissions Geery’s benefits […]

Lisa’s Story.

Lisa was interviewed by Johna Johnson of Recovery Radio about her recovery from a serious drug addiction.   “I just thought, I can’t carry on like this. I’ve had enough.”   Can you tell me what made you start your recovery? Five years ago I began the treatment for hepatitis C, which I got through […]

Interview with Staff at Hidden Voices

An interview with Nina Farquharson and Cathy Holmes from ‘Hidden Voices’, conducted by Johna Johnson and Dominic Maddocks for Recovery Radio. Nina Farquharson is a Life Coach and Cathy Holmes runs the organisation’s Smart Recovery programme.   “It’s got a really positive vibe.”   So what service do you provide? Cathy Holmes: I offer the […]

Paul’s Story

Paul suffered from a severe drug addiction that resulted in him being homeless. He was interviewed about his recovery by Johna Johnson for Recovery Radio.   “I was so addicted that my friends just got sick of the chaos I was bringing to their lives.”   How did you become homeless? I was sofa surfing […]

Gary’s Story.

An interview with Gary Staniforth of Hidden Voices. Hidden Voices are champions of positive change in the lives of vulnerable people. They provide training, activities and workshops to improve mental health, raise self-esteem and build confidence. Gary Staniforth began his journey in 2008 and is now the CEO of the Hidden Voices social enterprise.   […]

Tryone’s Story

Tyrone was interviewed about his recovery by Johna Johnson for Recovery Radio, which can be found on BCB 106.6fm.   “I was homeless and I was just sick of it.”   What made you start your recovery and how did you begin? Well, to be honest, I was homeless and I was just sick of […]

My Name is Johna Johnson.

An interview with Recovery Radio’s Johna Johnson about his story.   I’m a volunteer for Arch and have been for two years, and I am a co-facilitator at Unity.   I have been around services for over 30 years on and off mainly for mental health issues.   I have clashed with services at times, yet […]

What is Recovery Radio?

An Interview with Johna Johnson, who co-hosts Recovery Radio with Dominic Maddocks, which is broadcast on BCB Radio 106.6fm.   “The questions are designed to let people say what they want.”   What is the show about? Recovery Radio is a show about people who are in any kind of recovery from substance misuse, mental health, […]