Jacqui’s story

“For the first six weeks I came here, I didn’t talk. I was cut off from the world completely. I didn’t feel worth anything, or worthy or help. But the people here care, and I’ve now been coming for over two and a half years. They are compassionate and genuine, and 1NE has become like a family.

“I learnt here that everyone is worthwhile, just some have lost their way. I didn’t want to live when I first arrived, but through 1NE I had the opportunity to want to live again. Everyone helps everyone else, and with counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy I learnt coping mechanisms for the future. It’s not all doom and gloom, and if you relapse you are welcomed back with open arms.

“1NE is helping my children too, the future generation. People think children are resilient, but every addict was someone’s child. Without this place, I wouldn’t be on the planet and I don’t know where my children would be.”

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We hope you are all well and keeping safe. In response to the latest advice, we will be suspending all groups at the centre. Of course this is a tremendously sad decision we have made as we are an essential service. We have set up groups on line and will continue to accept referrals.