Addiction can happen to anyone

For a while, I’ve been meaning to share this video Laurence made. It pictures a young woman working in a office. She looks like she has everything going for her. Gradually, she loses her lustre and we get glimpses of the signs of drug abuse etching themselves over her body and face. Eventually she appears to lose everything. We’re given a rewind, followed by a call for us, as viewers, to take action.

The video raising awareness for local Bristol charity St Vincent’s which supports people in rebuilding their lives, providing addiction recovery and housing support for people who would otherwise be homeless or in prison. Their “vision is to empower vulnerable people to create independent, sustainable lives.”

This is a time of year when our thoughts naturally turn to giving. We think about how we can give our time, as Laurence and the crew (our friend Mike made the soundtrack) did in making this video. Many of us reassess our ongoing charitable donations or consider a one-off gift. If you’d like to give to St Vincent’s, hop over to their Just Giving page or share this video.


  1. December 15, 2014 / 10:52 am

    That is very powerful. I have an addictive personality but i am so lucky that i haven’t tried drugs or smoking as i know in myself that i can easily get swept up in things. x
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  2. December 15, 2014 / 11:00 am

    I’m with Keri-Anne – I know I have that sort of personality and I am so grateful that I’ve never found myself in that position where it feels like my only option. I can totally see how things could spiral out of control.
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  3. December 15, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I’ve been there, and it’s so hard to get out of the cycle of addiction once you are in it. I’m forever thankful my DH came along when he did.
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  4. December 15, 2014 / 1:44 pm

    There for the grace of God…I am thankful for my cowardly teenage self when it comes to drugs, and my selfishness when it comes to not liking hangovers. Giving up smoking was the HARDEST thing I have ever done, and I still lapse sometimes. The message of this video is so powerful – and as you say, it can, and does, happen to anyone. I’ve seen it in the workplace and it’s terrible. Well done, Laurence and team.
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  5. December 15, 2014 / 6:39 pm

    This is so powerful, I have a really addictive personality so I always have to be careful what i do. As a teen I was such a danger to myself and I do get worried that I might have the same time with F. It’s always great to try and show giving at Christmas for little one. x
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  6. December 15, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    This video is great, well done Laurence! Really powerful, and so important. I think people are quick to distance themselves from things like addiction, homelessness and poverty, but the reality is it can, and does, happen to anyone. xx
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  7. December 16, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    Such a powerful video. I was terrible in my teens, doing nearly everything I shouldn’t have been but luckily it didn’t take a hold and I was able to stop before it was too late. The town where I grew up seems to attract a lot of people who aren’t so lucky x

  8. December 19, 2014 / 11:14 am

    A really powerful video. My dad was a heroin addict and I haven’t seen him since I was 7 years old, Addiction really can ruin your life.

  9. December 21, 2014 / 7:37 pm

    Like others have said the video is really moving and goes to highlight just how easily addition can take hold and happen to anyone x
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