I wasn't doing anything positive when I was picked up on outreach by the AIR Sports Network team. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to stop using cannabis but I didn't want to go to a drug and alcohol service as I was worried what people might think.
When I met the team they seemed cool, nice & relaxed and when I found out that a few of the team had been through similar issues to what I had been through I felt quite comfortable. Before I started with them I was not making any progress, I was smoking and doing nothing really, my lifestyle was poor. I was trying a little but not succeeding.
Since then, I have been with the project for over 6 months and I have managed to stop using spice & cannabis and have considerably reduced my drinking which was very important for me to move forward.
I started to attend the fitness and football sessions and even bought myself some free weights to use at home after I enjoyed getting fit so much. I was attending the boxercise and football and doing four sessions a week. I now had a thirst for it and quickly became one of the fittest guys at the session, this really boosted my self confidence and I started asking about what courses where available as when AIR Sports Network previously offered me courses I said I wasn’t ready. This time I felt I was ready to apply myself to do something constructive so when I was told about the PTS Course I quickly snapped up the opportunity and got stuck into it. I never failed one drug test on the course and passed. I am now waiting to start work with Network Rail.
In the short term I want to continue in this field and in the long term I want to go as far as I can within this industry. I am now in a good position to support my son and be a good role model and I can now see if I put my mind and time to things I am interested in I can achieve. If you ever see the AIR Sports Network poster or the team in red and black tracksuits and you really want to progress in life and kick any habit you have, go and see them, there is nothing you can tell these guys they would not have heard or been through.