A man who has opened a rehabilitation centre in Radlett has opened up about his own colourful history with addiction.
Nicholas Conn, 37, pictured above with Melanie Davis, clinical director of The Farm Dayhab, is the owner and managing director of The Farm Dayhab in Battlers Green Farm, Radlett, which offers a variety of treatment for people suffering with mental health problems and addictions.
The owner, who also runs Help4Addiction, the largest addiction advisory service in the UK, is using his own experiences with addiction to shape treatment for others.
The former police officer used cocaine as a boost to ‘help’ him through training almost 20 years ago.
He said: “I’d never been good at retaining facts but I found coke really helped sharpen my mind. The drugs were doing for me what I felt unable to do for myself – or so I thought.
“The moment I had it I wanted to chase that high. Within a week I had found my own dealer and was using every day.”
Within a few years the spiralling addiction cost Nick his job and left him tens of thousands of pounds in debt. He began working in real estate but his cocaine consumption continued.
At his lowest, Nick had a knife held to his throat by a dealer he owed money to, robbed clients’ houses while working as an estate agent and stole a wallet from a man who had overdosed on drugs.
It was late 2008 that Nick hit rock bottom and decided to make a change – he joined a cocaine anonymous programme and hasn’t taken drugs since. He’s now married and has a one-year-old son.
He founded Help4Addiction to make amends for his actions, and he’s hoping The Farm will help residents of Radlett and anyone living within a 45 minute drive of Battlers Green.
The Farm is the only dayhab programme to include equine assisted psychotherapy. The benefits of this include assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualisation and more.
To read more about the unique and in-depth help that The Farm offers, go to thefarmdayhab.com
To learn more about Nick and keep up with his progress, follow him on Instagram @dadinrecovery.
To read more on Help4Addiction go to www.help4addiction.co.uk