Alcohol Awareness Week 2023 – Josh’s Story

Published: 03/07/2023

Last week we spoke to Josh, who had never heard of Alcohol Awareness Week before, and he has shared his story with us. Josh attends some of our weekly sessions at RUCST and tells us how coming to the sessions have also helped his journey. Josh told us, “I didn’t know I had a drinking… Continue reading Alcohol Awareness Week 2023 – Josh’s Story

Last week we spoke to Josh, who had never heard of Alcohol Awareness Week before, and he has shared his story with us. Josh attends some of our weekly sessions at RUCST and tells us how coming to the sessions have also helped his journey.

Josh told us, “I didn’t know I had a drinking problem until about a year ago, but about 5 years ago I started drinking 8 small cans every night, I then changed to the bigger cans and ended up drinking the full pack every night.”

Whilst Josh was unaware of his relationship with alcohol, he did become aware that he was becoming unpleasant to be around which also affected his relationships with his girlfriend and other people in his life. “It’s only been the last year I’ve accepted that I have a problem with drink.”

In Rotherham we are fortunate enough to have a programme ran by With You called Roads – Rotherham Drug and Alcohol Service, which Josh has been attending. He said “I would recommend it to anyone who may have a drink problem, they’re really good and are helping me with my situation.”

Colan, our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, when speaking to Josh asked him when did he first realise that he had a problem with alcohol “My friend Jane booked me an appointment at CGL Rotherham Drug & Alcohol Services last year, but I didn’t see the problem with having a few cans every night but she told me it was getting out of hand.”

In the year that Josh has been trying to take control of his drinking problem he has made substantial progress, which he thanks CGL Rotherham Drug & Alcohol Services for. His overall aim is to become totally sober and stop drinking all together, and with the support he is getting from local services as well as his family, his goal doesn’t seem that far away.

Ian, Josh’s father, also spoke to us said “As a parent you worry about your children as they grow up, but you never stop worrying even when they are adults. As a family we were always aware Josh had a drinking problem, even before he was aware, again it is worrying for me as his parent but with what he is doing now and what he has been doing over the last 12 months, we are all really proud of him.”

When Josh’s drinking was at its worst he said he was drinking 12 cans daily for about 4 or 5 years in his house, and if he wasn’t drinking at home he would be in the pub. “I know I am getting better and that I want to get better as I have declined offers to go to the pub, and when I do go I stick to soft drinks.”

RUCST have also played a part in Josh’s journey, “My friend came to one of the sessions so I tagged along too about 5 or 6 years ago, he only came a few times but I enjoyed it and still come to sessions now.”

“I first started coming to the Inclusion Football sessions, then I was asked to try Walking Football which I really enjoy. I have also been to some coffee mornings, walking groups, and men’s mental health fitness too. I have made some really good friends whilst attending sessions and these sessions have really helped my mental health, giving me reasons to get out and be productive.”

We asked Josh what advice he would give to people that might be going through a similar situation and he said “We’re all in the same boat, it is important to talk about it and not to be afraid. Alcohol can make you really depressed and anxious like it did to me, its horrible and can change your mood instantly, it’s not nice for anybody.”

“I would 100% recommend the RUCST sessions put on throughout the week because it can help get people out of the house, temptations of drinking and I also recommend the Rotherham Alcohol and Drug Service as both are very beneficial.”

A huge thank you to Josh for sharing his story with us. If you would like to find out more about the sessions we do, please email health@rotherhamunited.net.