Read Andrew's Story
Andrew Thiele, Life Changing Story, About Andrew
my year of searching for answers began;
my journey on the road to recovery.
Many sets of circumstances had affected me in the two years leading up to 1999 and I was beginning to think that my life was an unhappy and unfortunate one.
I had many visits to my doctor for all sorts of complaints, most of which I now realise, were they results of my own drinking and drug taking — although at the time my brain would tell me otherwise.
... within two months of leaving rehab I was drinking (and taking drugs) again ...
I had two fulltime careers running in parallel – a flight attendant and a sales position. Both required huge amounts of energy and time management and certainly kept me very busy. I now believe that most addicts are very busy, active people who love to control theirs and others lives.
HItting rock bottom
The day I first reached rock bottom, was the day my ex-partner of 13 years left me and New Zealand. I went on a massive binge which ended with me in the Accident & Emergency department on a drip. I was kept in overnight and by the next morning I just couldn't help but wonder how on earth I had ended up like this.
Did it stop me? NO, of course not! Even that was not bad enough to make me want to change.
A few more weeks of trying to control my drinking led me to a therapist. He said he could help but that I first needed to address my drinking. I never admitted to him I was also taking drugs, because that would have meant admitting I had a problem.
After that I went and spoke with some addiction specialists and they suggested a residential treatment programme. This shocked me, as I didn’t think I was "that bad".
Denial I think is what we call it.
I was lucky enough to be supported by both my employers who gave me time off to attend a treatment centre for 3 months. This experience was frightening but also tremendous for creating a foundation from which I could later finally face my addictions.
However, within two months of leaving rehab I was drinking again. Although I promised myself I would only drink wine at meal times or at a social event, that promise lasted only days.
A move to London
Then came the big move to London (UK). My employer at the time had decided to open an office there, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to restart & leave all this behind me. So off I went .
I shared a flat with a friend in the heart of the West End of London, and there began a new chapter of clubbing, drinking and trying anything I was not too afraid of using. Basically all my addictions under one easy-to-access roof!
Getting to know cocaine
My first experience with cocaine was a mixture of fear and excitement. I was scared initially to try it, but once I had, I felt a whole new level of euphoria. It was like my first drink at 9 years old all over again. I felt I had arrived.
I’m so grateful for that experience. Without boring you with the details, the grip of the white powder brought me to a new level of rock bottom, faster and more drastically. This scared me into asking for helper earlier and in turn lead me to the doors of recovery.
Getting well & staying there
My story from then on has been a happy set of coincidences. I have discovered a solution beyond my wildest dreams or expectations, that has changed my whole outlook on life.
My commitment to the process of change and the solution I found, guides my life and allows me to have peace of mind like I have never known - especially when I was still out there in my world of addiction.
There is so many parts of my story which I would love to share with you, and that will help you see that you are not so different or weird or strange and certainly that you are not alone. Contact me today for a FREE introduction phone call and we can discuss your story a little more too.