A local dad has used his own journey from addiction to recovery to help support others facing similar challenges.
Nick Conn, from Watford, is the founder of the UKs largest addiction advisory service, Help4Addiction, and has used his own experiences to help over 3,500 people.
He runs free YouTube therapy workshops and offers advice through his Instagram page @dadinrecovery.
Nick said: “I didn’t have the roots in trauma that many people have. I went to a grammar school in Watford, and worked at a local hotel whilst applying for the Metropolitan Police. It was around this time that I found drugs. I suffered with low self-esteem and had undiagnosed ADHD, and I felt the drugs helped me.”
Things escalated quickly and Nick soon found himself homeless. His family supported him through rehabilitation.
He added: “As I went through my recovery, I realised how many people are struggling to get help, and after building up relationships with the different centres, I set up Help4Addiction, a free service that offers guidance on addictions.
“Lockdown was hugely difficult for people and we had a 500% increase in calls and doubled our workforce. Perhaps it was secret drinking brought into the open, health anxiety or people losing their jobs. If they were using drugs or alcohol before lockdown, it escalated the problem.
“Dad in Recovery is my passion project, and a platform I can use to reach out and help dads, and others who are struggling. Identification is a huge thing, if you know someone has been through what you’re going through, it helps hugely.”
For more information visit taplink.cc/dadinrecovery