In a rare series of moving stories Pete Mackley shines a searching light into the world of drug and alcohol addiction. Insight into the hard road to recovery is presented through the experiences of both addicts and dedicated staff working tirelessly within tight budget constraints in detox and rehab. The pivotal role of AA and NA provides a lifeline to numerous individuals seeking to free themselves from a hopeless future. Saving and transforming lives proves at times challenging, at others deeply rewarding and enriching as unique friendships develop in the midst of despair and setbacks. As different individuals aim to put their lives back on track, a range of strategies is used to make a fresh start. Some of their actions make for uncomfortable but stirring reading and open eyes to the challenges faced daily within this amazing industry.
ISBN : 978-1-78830-656-0
Pages : 213
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Pete Mackley: A working-class, ordinary man. Born in Nottingham in 1960 but after a long and winding journey ended up in Cornwall, which has been home for the last twenty years.
I've worked for too many years in too many jobs, but the last twelve years have been in social care settings, homeless shelters, residential detox, residential rehab, prison and community services. I've worked alongside amazing colleagues and with incredible clients and this collection of experiences has been the inspiration for this book.
When I told my children I was thinking about writing a book, and what the subject was, they said it sounded cool and I should write it. I hope one day they'll read it.