Battling a drug addiction can be extremely difficult and draining, especially if the affected person has no support. Many addicts will keep their addiction under wraps as they are worried about the stigma that surrounds addiction and fear that society will judge them. However, until the addict fully comes to terms with their addiction and speaks to someone about it, he or she will find it challenging to overcome their illness. One man who suffered addiction for almost twenty years before finally accepting help is Jim Connon. He has now been drug-free for five years and spends his time helping others who are in the same situation that he once found himself in.

Off the Rails

Forty-one-year-old Jim of Fraserburgh battled a heroin addiction that lasted almost two decades, losing everything he held dear in the process. He has recently spoken about how his life has turned around after being sober for five years. Jim first started abusing drugs at the age of sixteen, when he found himself in full-time employment and had a lot of money to spare. He explained, “I was 18 when I was first introduced to heroin, and that’s when I went off the rails. I was injecting the drug within a year, and I didn’t realise that it was going to destroy my life until I was 36. I would come home with lots of money, and I’d just go crazy.”


“I was getting really thin, and my teeth started to rot. I felt I needed to stop, but I just didn’t know how to. This went on up until 2012. That’s when I was at the lowest point of my life. I was now taking heroin and crack cocaine. I tried to take my own life. I wanted to change but I couldn’t,” he explained.

Jim battled his addiction until 2012, at which time he found out about a local addiction recovery clinic. He said, “I just got this hope. I decided I was serious about this and was going to give it everything. There was just something special about the place. There was no judgment, and I could be open. I was just inspired by what it was like.”

Back on Track

Jim has been sober since April 2012 and has never felt better. He began working in the recovery centre in June 2014 as he wanted to be able to help others who are in the same position that he was in. “I’m offering support to guys that were in my position. I’m now there giving back help to the place that gave me help. My relationship with my family, my mum and dad, today is incredible. They’ve now got their son back.”

Since getting his life back on track, Jim has been back in touch with his twenty-two-year-old son, who he had not seen since he was a toddler.

Overcoming an Addiction

If you need help turning your life around, like Jim did, but are unsure of how to go about this, then contact us here at Recovery Lighthouse. It is our goal to ensure that anyone who comes into our clinic seeking support leaves free of addiction and goes on to lead a happier and healthier life. We have excellent success rates and have helped hundreds of people from across the UK since our opening. If you think that you are ready to move into recovery and need some support along the way, then do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to answer any enquiries or provide any additional information.


North-East Man Reveals How Recovery Centre Transformed His Life after 18-Year Heroin Addiction (Evening Express)