“Reluctant though I was, and at the point of turning around and going back home, I first entered the doors of FASA in June 2009. I was ensnared in a vicious downward spiral of depression, anxiety, paranoia, selfharm and increasing levels of alcohol abuse. My parents and my two sons had to watch me lying on a bed in intensive care after a failed hanging attempt. I believed very strongly at that time that my life would end very shortly, either byaccident or design I’m still not sure how it works but the acupuncture combined with aromatherapy & counselling administered with the compassion and care of the staff did work! I haven’t had a drink for over four months now and the depression and fears are all but gone. “I have only one regret and that is that I didn’t go much sooner.”
“I first attended FASA in 2006 and have had acupuncture treatment and a course of Bowen Technique. When I first attended FASA I was extremely stressed. As a recovering alcoholic I was concerned that I was so out of balance both physically and mentally. Over time my physical symptoms lessened considerably. To me the biggest gain has been mentally and emotionally. I found the premises and staff at FASA both welcoming and professional and always felt everything was explained fully and my feelings very much considered.Following a session I was able to cope and to keep things in perspective. In February 2010 I celebrated 6 years in recovery. I know that FASA has added to my continued sobriety in a very constructive and positive way.” “In February 2010 I celebrated 6 years in recovery”
I am a 27 year old male who has been working with FASA for over four years now. On the first occasion I attended FASA I had just been released from prison with an attempted murder charge to my name. The person I tried to kill was my girlfriend.
I had been out on a drug and drink fuelled binge after the death of my friend. In the years previous I had been selling drugs for a paramilitary organisation which had contributed to me developing a strong addiction to many drugs. My primary addiction has always been ‘blow’ (cannabis). FASA helped me get off drugs and have provided me with many skills. Now I have completed 3 educational courses with FASA and can assist in the work by telling my story. I want to thank all the staff for helping me with my addiction and providing me with qualifications and an opportunity to turn my life around. I now have a passion and desire to progress in life and assist others who have fallen like I once had. ”I wanted to be a drug dealer for much of my life now I want to be a Drug counsellor.”