‘Recovery for me is a continuing process. It’s a gradual process of accepting yourself, not being too down on yourself. Recovery is wanting to continue life.’
‘I had several jobs throughout my life. In 1999, I stupidly started using drugs. I had a few mental health issues, which I believe I was self-medicating for. When I turned 50, after many years of abuse and gambling problems, I became homeless, and I was homeless on and off for about four years.
‘I was sleeping rough one night and the people from Street to Home came along. They were trying to talk to me and even get me a place to sleep for a night or two, and I was a bit... not in the right frame of mind at the time.
‘I had a few hospitalisations around that time as well. I have bipolar disorder and severe depression. I reached a stage where I was going to give up. So, in desperation, I remembered Street to Home.
I went in there and said to them, basically, 'I don’t think I can do this anymore.' And from there they gave me all the help in the world. It all happened very quickly.
‘I still have very many bad days. But hopefully it gets better and better. You have to be in the state of mind where you want to help yourself. It’s just ways of thinking.’
George has been supported by Street to Home in South Australia.