Phil was standing in court for drug-related offences when he decided to reach out for help.
Phil was addicted to alcohol and drugs such as heroin, cocaine, valium, cannabis. His mother persuaded him to stay at The Salvation Army’s Gloucester House, a care quality commission-registered treatment centre that provides residential rehabilitation for people with drug and alcohol problems.
When Phil arrived he went on a 21-day detox and has been clean for more than eight years.
A successful bass player who has performed with Mick Jagger, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Elton John, Seal and many more, Phil now works as a Hepatitis C adviser with an organisation called Swindon and Wiltshire Alcohol and Drug Service and lives in a Salvation Army Housing Association flat in Swindon.
He said: “The light bulb went on for me when I was in court. I knew then I needed to get help. I want to let people in similar situations know that you can come out of it.
"I'm proof that you can beat addiction to have a fulfilling life and do something worthwhile. I know what addiction is like but thanks to The Salvation Army I have come through it and my life has changed for the better.”
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