Howard

H has been subject to various community orders and conditional discharges including a custodial with offences ranging from theft, burglary, public orders, drug offences and firearms spanning from 1980-2015.

H was residing in temporary BASS accommodation where his time with them had expired, he faced homelessness, with uncertainties H’s risks raised as his circumstances surrounding his prior offence of burglary related to him being without accommodation.  It was deemed by Probation he would benefit from the structure and support of The IOM House.

“My life before wasn’t good… I still had that criminal mind-set and bad behaviours that came with it!  Not trusting, dishonesty and not open minded.  I’d wake up every morning feeling shit about me and everyone else and wanting to get drugs, I needed to use… I needed to not feel!!!”H

Prior to entering The House H recognised his previous lapses of substance abuse had been triggered by emotional anxiety linked to relationship breakdowns so felt living in a supported environment would provide additional boundaries and detract from his method of drug use to deal with this in the past.

H has resided within the house since August 2016 engaging in a number of activities, groups and meetings such as acupuncture, fellowship meetings (now a committee member), Moving Forward Project (managed by SSJ, PUSH & Probation), computer training via Learning Places, 1:1 engagements with The Hub (drug services) & Indurative Thinking Course all of which is traversing his stay at the IOM House & is getting a lot of growth from this.

Direct interventions from within the house has seen H responding well to 1:1 support from House Staff where he has been able to work on  not only recognising emotions but also learn to control them by noticing, identifying and labelling feelings.  Howard has continued to improve in this area considerably.  

With determination and desire to make changes, H has made not only, within his lifestyle, but also his thinking pattern has demonstrated an ability to maintain and continue making decisions which emotionally benefit himself while also being mindful as to how his actions affect others.  H on a daily basis helps our elderly disabled neighbours with the care of their dog and also is exploring volunteer opportunities with a local charity shop.

H moved in to the IOM house in September 2016 and during these last 10 months has not committed any crimes or used illicit substances

In the future H has plans to find paid employment.

“The care that I received when I came into the IOM House!!!, It was different to whatever I have experienced in the past” H

On entry into the house H was in receipt of an opiate blocker which, with the support from House Staff and The Hub, steadily reduced until he came off the medication completely.  This has and will continue to aid the foundations of his recovery ensuring his positive Move-On via a Direct Nomination with Portsmouth City Council permanent accommodation this month.  Despite being ever so positive is something he feared greatly, change, but is seeing him remain open minded and enthusiastic at his new endeavour having received support from The IOM House.

“Without the house I’d have most probably still be committing crime, in prison or dead… that was my reality” H

“It’s a really good support network, I have friends and now my family is back in my life… it’s more than I could have ever imagined!  Honesty is in my life!” H

“I’m moving into my own flat. When I visited it with my Key Worker from the house on 05/06/17 I met my new neighbours who invited me into their flat, it was overwhelming because I’m not used to anyone receiving me as a stranger so positively!  I’ve got some anxieties over moving out, in the past I have self-sabotaged I don’t feel worthy, but this time it’s different” H