Read the stories of three of our participants. While each person has their own story to tell these stories highlight the challenges people coming from addiction have faced but also the progress they have made in turning their lives around.

Sean’s Story

My drug use started when I was 11 or 12 with glue, petrol, drink and hash when I could get it. I first tried coke when I was 13 but mainly stuck to naps. I hung around with an older crowd and was always wanting to keep up with them and be part of whatever was going on. I suppose I’ve always been a crowd pleaser.

Niamh’s Story

I started drinking and taking heroin when I was 15. I did it because in my area everyone did it, it was the thing to do. For me it was the start of a struggle with addiction that went on for nearly 15 years and nearly destroyed me.

Paul’s Story


When I came to Liberty Recycling I was still very much in addiction, taking tablets, and I was on my methadone.

I was lost, broken, numb to my feelings, isolating myself and didn’t really know a way to get out of the situation that I was in. I did not know anything about recovery until I came to Liberty Recycling.

When I got there, I didn’t really listen to what my keyworker was telling me, but after about 12 months, I started to listen.

I found out about recovery at the end of the year.  I was chosen to get the employee of the year award, and then I realised I could actually achieve something – I could do better for myself.

So I went in to detox, got off my methadone and began the road to recovery.

Libertys is where I found out all about recovery. Liberty Recycling not only offers you a chance to find out what a real job would be like, you also have access to education, and the option to learn how to come off drugs and achieve a drug-free life.

So, if you have you the opportunity to come to Liberty Recycling, don’t waste what is on offer here, because you might not get another chance.

Thank you very much!