My name is Bruce Rose, born in Kenya to Scottish parents who returned to live in Edinburgh when I was 11.
Life in Kenya was very sociable with people often round for dinner and drinks. It was little surprise when I later realised that my father was a functioning alcoholic. He sadly died in his early 50’s from alcohol-related illness, after many years of daily drinking.
In my early twenties, I turned to drugs. Over the next 6 years, my life spiralled out of control to the point that I dabbled in dealing to fund my habit. Finally, at 27, I found recovery through a local church and I’ve been drug-free ever since.
After 15 years of running my own business, life changed course when I took up a position working in a homeless shelter in Edinburgh. Quite simply, it changed my life. Working with people whose lives were shattered by addiction was my wakeup call and I’ve never looked back.
From working with people on the streets to managing residential rehabilitation centres my experience is wide and varied. The rewards are immense, and I never tire of seeing the change that is possible.
My name is David Cross, born in New Zealand and now living in Scotland.
Beginning in my early teens, I had a 20 year battle with alcoholism and finally sought help through a residential rehabilitation program. My last drink was on November 6th 2003. For me, recovery started with the last drink, it did not end there; I continue to work at it one day at a time. My new normal is incredible.
In 2009 I completed a degree in Applied Social Science majoring in Mental Health and Addiction. With this qualification, I have worked in the field of addictions ever since.
I am passionate and dedicated to helping others who are struggling with alcohol dependency. I’m very aware that recovery means different things to different people, we all have our own expectations, but ultimately I want to help people find their new normal.
My interests include motorcycling, classic cars, travel and fitness.