Paolo's story

Paolo's story

Paolo is a Peer at DHI so has lived experience of problematic drug and alcohol use as well as having been homeless. In his role, he uses his experience to help other people gain access to services, for example through outreach sessions for people who are homeless and in temporary accommodation.

“In early 2020 I was living in a tent, drinking alcoholically and using heroin and crack. I’d also been in trouble with the police as a result of my chaotic using. I was fortunate to access some local services such as DHI, St Mungo's and Bristol outreach and was housed at a local hotel. More stable housing enabled me to stabilise my drug use and further my recovery through connection with DHI. I went onto supported housing through the Junction project and hope to secure my own place and live independently.

Since I have been in recovery I have furthered my education, volunteered at several places and I am working towards a paid career in the social care sector.

Being a Peer at DHI means I now get to support others to make positive changes in their lives. Seeing that happen is really rewarding and supports my own recovery as well.”

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