Mum, can you lend me twenty quid?

Mum, can you lend me twenty quid?

​If you’re the parent of an addict you should read this book. Elizabeth Burton-Phillips wrote the very sad, harrowing story about her sons’ drug addiction. She then went on to set up DrugFAM, a charity which helps families of addicts like we do. It’ll make you weep...
Legalising drug use

Legalising drug use

I’ve been reading about MPs who want to legalise drug use, to focus more on help for addicts. Something definitely needs to change because drug deaths are rising: there were 2,670 in England alone last year. This statistic is scary for those of us who love an addict....
Who says I’m an addict

Who says I’m an addict

If you’d like to try and understand what drives your addict, try this book. Written from the author’s own experiences, it’s full of insight, easy to read and gives lots of information about addiction and...
Autumn, again

Autumn, again

Autumn has arrived and leaves are falling. In essence I love this time of year, especially when we’ve had some decent summer weather. I feel respite in the cooler temperatures and darker evenings. Being at home, reading, watching TV and cooking tasty hot food is so...
Homelessness

Homelessness

Something I read this week got me thinking about the relationship between addiction and homelessness. According to Crisis, about 66% of people they deal with say their addiction was actually the cause of their homelessness. This is true for my son Ryan. He was at home...
Small hopes

Small hopes

In my first blog I talked about where things began to go wrong for Ryan, my homeless drug addicted son. I do believe that his problems are firmly rooted in childhood with the absence of his father but I don’t think all of his adult behaviours can be blamed on that. I...
Wrong road

Wrong road

My name’s Leigh, I live in Wiltshire and my son’s a homeless drug addict. Welcome to my new blog! Ryan has been using drugs since he was a teenager. He’s now 35, been to prison several times and this is his sixth year of homelessness. Living through the last 20 years...