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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Garry King is a fine example of how people can bounce back from the lows of substance or alcohol use and live a positive and productive life. Garry and his son, also Garry, from Wishaw, are volunteers with Lanarkshire charity Blameless and their experiences come from opposite sides of the spectrum. They may share the same name but they have very different experiences of living with the impact of addiction. Garry senior battled and overcame addiction issues, spending months in a rehab centre. Read More Related Articles Scottish Government funding will see rehab services in North Lanarkshire benefit from extra £200,000 For a number of years he has worked with Blameless – located at the Hamilton Accies stadium – a charity for children who have been directly or indirectly affected by addiction or alcoholism. He also spent four years as the football club’s community outreach manager and is now involved in a Wishaw-based project helping others overcome addiction issues. Garry, senior, said: “I’ve been an addict almost all my life, and I still consider myself that way. There are plenty of mind-altering substances out there, whether it’s guys getting methadone from the chemist, or the granny taking too many co-codamol. Anyone can fall into addiction. “I decided to come back to my own town to work and give people some sort of fast-track signposting opportunities to help not only themselves but their families as well. Read More Related Articles Author gives Lanarkshire college students a powerful insight into chaotic life of addiction “We’ve had a community group; Go Together, going through lockdown, based at St Andrew’s Church in Wishaw. On a daily basis I’m talking with at least half a dozen addicts in recovery, it’s sort of ‘in the trenches’ work. “There are a lot of people confused about addiction and don’t see certain things as being problematic.
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. There are different ways people can get involved. We want to create something family orientated. It’s about trying to improve social interaction and community, and having a good time doing that. “We want to let people know that there is a solution to the way they’re living, and give them a bit of hope. “People can and are changing their perception of life and getting well.” Garry junior also uses his own life experiences to help others. He said: “Blameless is for children who have been affected by parents who have problems with addiction.
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“I’m 32 but I’m a child of someone who had terrible problems with addiction. Sometimes when you have outsiders with no experience the children can say ‘well you don’t know what it’s like’, whereas I have first hand experience. “I can say ‘this is my dad and he is a drug addict’. He gets to come at it from the side of being an addict and I am a family member of someone who is.”
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