A businessman whose grief over his dead mother resulted in a £1,500-a-week cocaine addiction says his life was saved by a magazine he found in rehab.
Alex Drummond, 35, was running a brokerage company in Cardiff when he developed an addiction to the drug after his mother died from lung cancer three years ago.
At the peak of his problem he blew £80,000 in a year on cocaine and would use his commute home to pick up from a drug dealer.
Eventually the problem became so bad all he could think about was the drug and getting his next fix after work.
Now, at six months sober, the dad-of-one claims a magazine written by drug addicts he found during his second stint in rehab “saved his life” and has helped him stay clean.
Alex, from Newport, told Wales Online : “I just instantly knew I was using coke as a means to numb any emotional problems I was feeling. It was something I did throughout what should have been the grieving process.
“I thought instead of going home knowing I’m going to sit with my emotions and get upset I could just use coke to numb all that pain. This went on for 18 months but it got to the point where I wanted to stop but I couldn’t.
“I was running businesses in Cardiff and doing well. At first I was in control and not doing drugs when in work but the first thing I would do when I left work was go and get cocaine.
“I would generally arrange to pick it up on the way home from work. But in the end cocaine became all I could think about while I was working. I lost it all because of drugs.”
Alex moved to Wales in 2002 and started working in nightclubs. It was here he began experimenting with “social” drugs like MDMA and ecstasy.
But the grief of losing his mum to lung…