Alex's life began to spiral out of control in 2007 when his two-year-old son tragically died. Just five years later he lost his two-year-old daughter to a rare genetic disorder. This hit his whole family extremely hard and the traumatic experiences eventually culminated in the breakdown of his relationship. Losing a child is any parents worst fear, and now Alex was facing the breakdown of his family unit. He turned to alcohol to try and supress the dark thoughts and became increasingly emotionally unstable and introverted.
Misusing alcohol was a way of switching his brain off, at least for short periods of time. He felt even worse when the habit turned into addiction. Alex wanted to switch himself off, permanently. He made several attempts at his own life but ultimately the thought of leaving his surviving children without a father gave him reason to be around.
Alex’s addiction now affected him to such an extent that it had almost taken over his life. He lost his job, and with no regular income he started to fall into rent arrears. Soon, Alex was removed from his flat. He started to look for accommodation but couldn’t seem to get anywhere on his own. He became homeless and was referred to Alabaré by his local Council. He visited our Drop In Centre where the team helped him to identify what help he needed.
After a few weeks he was offered a room in our ‘Move On’ accommodation, designed to help people live as independently as possible with regular support from our team. He moved into the house just 10 days before Christmas - the best present he could wish for. His Alabaré support worker carried out a comprehensive assessment of his needs. The situation Alex found himself in was daunting at first but it was made easier by the support of the Alabaré staff. It was a relief to finally to have somewhere to call home, where he could start to rebuild his life again.