What helps an alcoholic dad get back on track for his son?
Find out about Ian and Coram's Family Drug & Alcohol Court
“My son Sean was 11 when he was taken into care. I was drinking heavily at the time. It was like there was a black fog around me.
"I don’t know how it started, but things had just fallen apart. Looking back, there was no one taking Sean to school or looking after him.
“When I started the Family Drug and Alcohol Court, I got help straight away. My counsellor helped me start to see how my life was, and how it would be if I carried on drinking. I was mistrustful of everybody at that time, but somehow I trusted him.
“One day Sean told me he wished we could spend time together properly, away from a contact centre. I realised I needed to change things, for him.
“I’d managed to stay sober for five months when Sean and I were finally allowed to meet up unsupervised. I knew it was my big chance to get it right, and that I wouldn’t have another if something went wrong.
“Today I see Sean on a regular basis. Last week we even went on a trip to Paris together, something unthinkable two years ago. He really enjoyed himself, and has confidence in me as a dad now.
“When I was at my lowest, it was FDAC that made me focus on getting better. The support groups I attended at Coram were a lifesaver.
“I’ve got my life back now, and Sean has his father. My relationship with him is better than ever.”
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