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Hi Justin

First off, well done for realising that you had an issue, and addressing it, it takes courage to do that.

And secondly, I just wondered the route taken after leaving the care of of the psychiatric ward. Did they suggest narcotics anonymous, or make it mandatory, and were you able to access ongoing psychiatric support, and if so, have you used it? I can maybe help with the addiction side of things, as I’ve had my time using substances in the past, the drugs may differ, but the reasons for doing it are never really that different. There may be a few things I can suggest, I cant with any authority comment about your legal approach to seeing the children again, as I haven’t been down that route. My lads not long since turned two, and it was 12 years ago I last picked anything up, so haven’t been through anything like you, but I did have some heavy stuff go on in that two years and without tapping into help, things could have gone pear shaped.

You don’t have to do it on your own, and as counter-intuitive as it may sound, for now, it would be very helpful to take care of yourself first. If you want to send me a message, please do, perhaps we can have a chat if nothing more.

Take care