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Musician to addict

Phil was standing in court for drug-related offences when he decided to reach out for help.

The light bulb went on for me in court. I knew then I needed to get 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 cour. 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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