Addict took 50 valiums a day and asked son for drugs before turning life around

A former drug addict whose habit almost killed him has shared an incredible transformation photo.

William Anderson used to take 50 "street valium" a day, regularly buying batches of 100 tablets for £15 a time before his road to recovery.

Now the 50-year-old from Edinburgh wants to do what he can to turn around the lives of people going through the same thing.

The father-of-four contacted a support group for help after he unwittingly asked his son and a group of mates for drugs while high.

William told Edinburgh Live that at his lowest he took hundreds of pills in an attempt to overdose, thinking there was no way out.

However, after a year clean he says he's never felt better, and shared an image on social media this week to highlight the difference in his own appearance.

William said: "It goes back more than 30 years. My daughter died in 1989 when she was just six months old. She spent time in the Sick Kids' after she was born but only survived six months.

"Me and my partner struggled to deal with it, to be honest. One week I went to the doctors and I was given the prescription.

"What happened was I met a person when I was out and they offered me four times the amount of valium as I was getting through my prescription.

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"I thought it sounded good so I took it. Then when I went for a urine test they found traces of the drug, and I was taken off my prescription. That was it, I wasn't able to get back on it."

He added: "I was in a bad place with my mental health around then. I'd split up with my partner and I didn't feel as if I had any further purpose. I just wanted to block everything out.

"I then fell out with a lot of my family, because of my valium use, and things got worse. That led to me, last February, trying to overdose. I took 200 tablets, cocaine, Xanax and numerous other pills.

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"There was another incident where I was out in Craigentinny looking for more drugs as I'd already taken 50. I saw a group of youths. It looked to me like they were a group of my son's friends, so I approached them to ask.

"I looked up and my son was there. He didn't even look angry, he was just hurt and embarrassed.

"I still feel that shame, I remember it to this day. That day really gave me the kick up the backside I needed and I contacted Paul [Boggie] not long after that."

William says the help he received while trying to get clean helped restore his faith in humanity.

"My advice would be for people never to think it's too late. People will give you a chance to change if you get yourself together."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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