“Entrepreneur reborn: Triumphed over addiction, reclaimed life, and emerged as a Specialist Addiction Counsellor guiding others to recovery.”
Born prematurely at 26 weeks, weighing no more than a bag of sugar, I entered this world as a fighter. My mother struggled with addiction throughout her life, including during the pregnancy, and her battle with drugs and alcohol shaped my early years. She was in and out of rehab and prison, and her drinking progressively worsened until one day, when I was just 10 years old, my brother delivered the heartbreaking news that she had passed away. That defining moment changed my life forever.
Growing up with my dad, brothers, stepmom, and two stepsisters, I learned to suppress my emotions to appear strong. If I showed any vulnerability, I'd be ridiculed or even beaten up by my brothers. This toxic environment led me to bury my feelings deep within, creating a disconnect between my head and heart.
During secondary school, I was introduced to drugs and alcohol, and I quickly embraced them as a means of escape. As I grew older, I became an entrepreneur and started my own company. The stress and pressure of running a business fueled my addiction, and my life spiraled out of control.
It took hitting rock bottom (loosing everything, closing the company, moving from a penthouse flat to a share house etc.) and a brutally honest comment "Luke, you're a crackhead" from my mentor and friend that forced me to confront my addiction and seek help.
Through various avenues, including AA meetings, therapy, and personal development seminars, I ultimately discovered addiction therapy. This proved instrumental in addressing the root causes of my addiction, helped me to feel my emotions again, raised my awareness and of course helped me to recover.
Today, as a successful entrepreneur and specialised addiction counsellor, it is my mission to help others to win their battles with addiction. My journey taught me the importance of self-awareness, emotional healing, and the power of choice, and I strive to inspire and empower others to reclaim their lives.
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