In March 2009 Steven sought help from Addaction Blackpool for his drug and alcohol problem, and became abstinent within two months. During this time Steven attended the centre’s IT classes, run by Blackpool Council Adult, Community and Family Learning (ACFL). At first he found it a challenge but he persevered and his confidence grew. He completed a few courses before deciding to study for an IT qualification, which meant venturing outside the familiarity of Addaction. Steven completed a European Computer Driving Licence, despite overcoming some difficulties at the beginning and now his friends turn to him for computer advice. Steven has also completed a level 2 Peer Led Support and Information course and has studied to become a Watchkeeper for National Coastwatch Institute at Fleetwood Nautical College.
“My learning has played a massive role in keeping me abstinent. It keeps me busy and stops me getting bored,” said Steven. “Overall I am a lot happier now in my life and also I am a lot healthier... I have exceeded my own expectations of myself.”