Strength and Support

I felt safe to talk about my problems without fear and without being looked down on. I made real friends, women who didn’t judge me or blame. I gained real strength and support from the group and it was a lot of fun.

Susanne’s Journey with GEAAP

When I first came to GEAAP I really didn’t want to come. I was on a years probation and was told by the court that I had to go for alcohol counselling or go to jail.

I had been going through a bad time, I was in Parkhead hospital because of my drinking and when I came home after a detox my ex partner had emptied the house and run off with my kids. He had taken my son and two daughters down to England to live. When I found out where they were I went down to England and brought them back home. The police came to my house and tried to arrest me for kidnap. I was drunk and fought with them, eventually five police men got me into the back of a police van, I am only 4’ 7’’.

I went to court and received a year’s probation with a condition for alcohol counselling. I attended for counselling but nothing really changed, I was still fighting with my partner over the kids and still fighting with the police when drunk. My mum says it’s because my Grandad was Benny Lynch a famous Glasgow boxer.

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Strength and Support

After another period of probation I thought enough is enough, I started to listen to my counsellor, started to listen to myself. I got involved in GEAAP’s woman’s group and made real good friends, women who didn’t judge me or blame.

I felt safe to talk about my problems without fear and without being looked down on, I even appeared in George Square in Glasgow in a play “the Wash House” along with other group members.

I gained real strength and support from the group and it was a lot of fun. I’m now abstinent and don’t drink at all. I have a great relationship with all my kids and two of them live with me full time.

I am extremely grateful for all the help I have received from GEAAP and now I try and pay back for the help I received by supporting GEAAP’s woman’s group and I am now a Company Director at GEAAP.

I continue to attend the woman’s group weekly and still gain great strength and support from this, I try to share my experience with other women who are just starting to attend and I haven’t hit a policeman for many years, my grandad would be proud of me.

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