It was in the early noughties when I first got my bloods tested. I wasn’t even thinking about hepatitis C at that time, that wasn’t on my radar at all. To be honest, I only got tested because a number of other people in the methadone clinic I attended at that time were getting tested. I had no idea that test would turn out to be the turning point in my life and the reality check that I needed.
At this point, my lifestyle was chaotic. This was down to my misuse of drugs and the type of life that comes with taking that path.
My issues with addiction started very early on, when I was 14. Like many others from my area at the time, peer pressure to do drugs was a big issue – like many teenagers I suffered from low self-esteem and drugs were an appealing way to ‘fit in’.