Jan Melbrum was the first female to graduate from Oaktrees, Gateshead in 2009 and has now turned her life around.
Oaktrees is a 12-week recovery programme for alcoholics and drug addicts, run by Changing Lives.
She was offered a place there in 2009 and this was the moment she began to tackle her addiction.
Jan, 57, said: “I wouldn’t be here and I wouldn’t have a job without Oaktrees. My life is now a life beyond my wildest dreams.”
After work Jan would go for a casual drink, this slowly started to multiply, resulting in a few drinks, turning into a bottle of wine every night.
She added: “It came to the point that I needed to visit hospital, I knew I couldn’t take it any more. I would either be dead or have to do something about it.”
“It was the first time in a very long time I felt like I belonged. ”
After graduating from the 12-week programme, Jan began to think about how to get her life back together but she felt that no-one would want to employ her due to being a former alcoholic. Changing Lives and began to get more structure in her life.
Oaktrees project is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, helping more than 2000 people with 60% successfully graduating over the years.
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