My name is Kieran McGuinness and my sobriety date is 29th March 2021. It was on this date
I decided I could no longer continue living the life I was.
Cocaine, prescription pills and gambling had cost me everything I had. My family, husband,
friends, a roof over my head - everything had gone. Each door I knocked on was shut on me.
I was no longer a human being, I had become just a shell of a person, when I looked in the
mirror it was a stranger staring back at me.
I had two options, live or die.
I had already been to treatment back in 2013 and had remained clean for 2 years so hoped if I
returned I could have similar success.
I took myself back into treatment in 2021 and knew this was my last opportunity to finally rid
myself of the living hell I was in.
After a 1 month stay in rehab, I made the decision to fully immerse myself in the fellowship of
cocaine anonymous, complete the 12 step programme with my sponsor and give back to the
programme by sponsoring others. This is something I had never done in my previous attempts
to get clean.
The 12 step programme has changed my life because for the first time I took an honest look at
myself and my past behaviour and made a conscious effort to make amends to those I have
harmed. I continue to still do this on a daily basis.
In the time I have been clean I have managed to rebuild relationships with my family and
friends and have a great friendship with my ex-husband.
I am passionate about breaking the stigma of addiction and bringing the community together
on a platform where we have a voice.
I'd like to try and give someone else the opportunity to have a life beyond their