Doug’s Story

I was born in 1960 in Fort Frances, Ontario. I...

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Doug’s Story

“I was born in 1960 in Fort Frances, Ontario.  I was adopted at birth but would not find this out until I was 16 years old.”

My parents would often take in up to seven foster children at a time. Because there were so many of us, we had to share bedrooms and beds.

When I was about seven or eight, one of these foster children molested me. I told my mother about it and I remember her telling my father, who then hit her and gave her a black eye.

I think my life changed forever on that day.

When I was 12 my father died of alcoholism.

Working summer jobs during high school, I saved up enough money to attend Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  I graduated in 1980 and got a good job.

Although I drank a bit in my teens, I was now turning into a regular binge drinker.  Two years later I was fired because of my drinking.  That same cycle continued until the 1990’s when my mother died.

I bought myself a house, kept a steady job and remained sober for five years.  By this time I was estranged from my sister and wasn’t happy.

In 1999 I sold my house and moved to Winnipeg.  Within six months my drinking escalated and I lost my apartment.  I was lonely and miserable.

I was using Siloam Mission’s shelter on a regular basis.

One morning in July of 2010 I just couldn’t get up. This went on for three days. On the fourth day I had a feeling that I have never felt before. I was so empty emotionally. I was tired and scared.

I went to Siloam Mission and talked to the staff at their onsite health centre. They called the mobile crisis unit.

To make a long story short, I went into treatment.

“Today I am sober, living at a sober second stage recovery house and living a much better life.”

 To protect the privacy and trust of those in our community, we do not publish their photos or names on our website. Photos in this section are stock photos, and names have been changed.

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