Man Sitting on Stairs

Adam's* Story

The Lost Teenager

I was born in Windsor and went to Windsor Boy's School. I messed around at school and was always in trouble. When I was a teenager I started doing weed and then progressed to other drugs from there when I got older. My mum is an alcoholic and I didn't get much attention as I was growing up so I went off the rails and got in with the wrong crowd. My sister is an alcoholic too. I did go to college to do bricklaying because my mum said I needed to learn a trade so I was never short of work opportunities. When I was 20 my mum got a new partner. He didn't like me and threw me out the house. As I had nowhere to live I couldn't work. Someone told me about the project and I went along. I filled in a form about what I needed support with and they helped me to apply for housing. I've been offered a flat in Dedworth and I am seeing someone from the council about my drug addiction. They've put me on a methadone script to help me get off heroin. With the support of the people of the project I think I can start to rebuild my life now.