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Craig Strippel's story

Craig Strippel, aged 37 from Newlyn, has recently celebrated a huge achievement, running the 2019 London Marathon. This is a massive accomplishment for anyone but for Craig it’s even more of a triumph as only 8 months ago he was battling with alcoholism and even tried to take his own life.

The father-of-three says running has been a vital part of his recovery from alcohol issues. So this year, when the alcohol and drug charity Addaction who had supported him through his recovery asked him if he would run the marathon and raise funds for the charity, he said yes straight away.

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This is Craig’s story:

“I stood on the end of the pier, intoxicated, and I knew the tide was out so there was no water to break my fall. I was so close. My head was consumed with negative thoughts and saying ‘do it’, but my legs wouldn’t move. A fisherman saw me and kept his torch on me while he called the police and for the next hour a police officer talked to me until I came away from the edge. He offered me a cigarette - that’s what did it in the end.

“The stress of life and drinking heavily had taken its toll and led me down a dark path. By the age of 24, I was working 60-80 hours a week as a senior chef in charge of 11 other chefs. We had enormous daily targets to meet and could sometimes work from 4.30am in the morning until 1.30am the next day.  I could have 30 pints behind the bar some days, but I was also making loads of money, so could spend £800 on a night out. I was hardly ever home. At my heaviest, I was drinking from 8.30pm to 3am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 “As time went by, I was tired all the time, I’d lose my temper over small things and I was always thinking about drinking. I realised I had an alcohol problem, but didn’t think there was any help out there. I just felt shame and I didn’t believe that anyone loved me. I thought the only way I could stop drinking was to end it.

“After the police talked me off the pier, I went to the hospital and from there found Addaction. I started going every day, attending sessions and meeting my key worker Gary. I still go twice a week and Gary gives me a call regularly to see if I’m ok. My passion for running has come back too and this has had a hugely positive effect on my mental health. “

Craig is now hoping to work with Addaction and support others through their recovery. He hopes that by sharing his story others will be helped by knowing there is support available and that it is possible to turn your life around.

You can still sponsor Craig for his run by visiting his Just Giving page 

Visit Addaction's website to find out more