A former drug addict from Grimsby has apologized the people of Grimsby for the ‘mayhem’ he caused while in the grip of addiction.

Roy Sari, 53, was introduced to crack cocaine and heroin when he was living in the town.

He used substances to block out the ‘years of torture’ he suffered during his childhood, but soon became addicted.

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After losing his job partly due to his addiction, Roy turned to shoplifting and theft to fund his habits, and ended up behind bars a number of times.

Having nearly lost his life to drugs, he has now turned his life around and wants to apologize to the whole of Grimsby for causing such ‘mayhem’.

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He explained: “I started taking heroin at the age of 35 when I moved to Grimsby from Barnsley for work.

“I was introduced to drugs by those I was living with and stupidly decided to give it a go after seeing someone smoke it.

“At the time, I didn’t realize I was becoming addicted and went on to smoke heroin for two to three years before I began injecting it.

“I started taking it more often to block out the stress and memories of my rough childhood.



Roy Sari, 53, turned to crime to fund his heroin and cocaine addiction, but has since turned his life around

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“The heroin blocked out those years of torture for me, but I soon turned to crack cocaine and couldn’t get away from it. I felt invincible.

“Then I started taking other things like Valium and Xanax, it became crazy. Life was just insane looking back now.

“I lost my job at Young’s because of my habit, I’d often take drugs in the toilet and then kept missing shifts so eventually got the sack.”



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Roy added: “I became isolated and alone, my life started crumbling around me at that point.

“Things started spiralling out of control and I even came close to losing my leg twice because of how much I was injecting myself with drugs.”

After losing his job, Roy turned to shoplifting and theft to fund his habits. He was in and out of prison around five or six times during his time in Grimsby and even robbed £ 200 from a woman’s handbag to buy drugs.

After sorting his life out and taking on a methadone program to wean him off his habits, Roy relapsed after earning money by letting drug dealers use his flat, charging £ 50 a day.



Roy Sari heartlessly stole £ 200 from a woman's handbag to fund his habits at one point
Roy Sari heartlessly stole £ 200 from a woman’s handbag to fund his habits at one point

Roy soon started using again and life resumed where he’d left off. His addiction ‘sky rocketed’, but after a testing time he realized things needed to change.

Eventually, after spending time with Cath and Ken at the Grimsby Food Kitchen, Roy traveled to Castleford to take part in a 12 step program at a center called Reflections.

After tackling his demons, he now lives in a shared house in Wakefield and is hoping to get his own flat later this year.

At one stage, he admits, it was a matter of life or death and said he would be dead if it wasn’t for the help offered by reflections.

Next month, Roy will be celebrating his first drug free birthday in 15 years, but says he wishes to apologize to the whole of Grimsby for the trouble he caused.

He said: “I have to apologize to the whole of Grimsby for what I did and to those who were affected by the mayhem that I caused.”

The Grimsby Food Kitchen are currently raising money to help keep their donations and meals going to help more people like Roy. To donate, click here.

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