Over fifty local people attended a Bound Together event on 10 March organised by Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs at West Lothian College and heard from local author Aidan Martin and his mum.
Aiden, who graduated from the college a number of years ago, read from his widely acclaimed book ‘Euphoric Recall’ and described his personal experience of addiction. His mum, Shirley, shared her personal reflections on living through that time.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. They give information and advice to many people, helping them with confidence, wellbeing and linking them into local support.
Event organiser Tich Watson said:
The Bound Together project uses books to help raise awareness of the impact of drugs and alcohol on families, and it was amazing to hear from Shirley and Aidan about their journey together. In Euphoric Recall, Aidan says she is the strongest person he knows and last night we got to see that as she shared openly and honestly with us. The audience were all brilliant not just with their questions but how they interacted with each other.”
College Principal, Jackie Galbraith said:
“It was a privilege for the college to welcome people from our local communities to this important event. Drug and alcohol addiction affects so many people, including students, and our college wants to play a part in tackling this and supporting those affected by it.
We are very proud of Aidan who is a former student. He talks in his book about how coming to college changed his life, and it’s amazing to see how Aidan is now using his experience to change the lives of so many others.”