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Health & Fit Dad-of-two, 37, drank 200 bottles of wine in two weeks at peak of booze and drugs battle that left him on the streets - but he's now turned his life around and is a Thai boxing champ

20:00  17 october  2019
20:00  17 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Dad - of - two , 37 , drank 200 bottles of wine in two weeks at peak of booze and drugs battle that left him on the streets - but he ' s now turned His life crumbled and he moved back in with his mother where he began drinking '24/7'; unable to cope she called the police who escorted him to a hostel.

Dad - of - two , 37 , drank 200 bottles of wine in two weeks at peak of booze and drugs battle that left him on the streets - but he ' s now turned Father- of - two Ian Maddocks, from Crewe, went from partying at weekends to drinking wine before going to work. His 24/7 drinking saw his life

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: Ian Maddocks, 37, from Crewe, is the current UMA World Thai Gold boxing champion after being crowned earlier this year but just eight years ago he was living on the streets of the north west after his life spiralled out of control due to a drink and cocaine addiction© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ian Maddocks, 37, from Crewe, is the current UMA World Thai Gold boxing champion after being crowned earlier this year but just eight years ago he was living on the streets of the north west after his life spiralled out of control due to a drink and cocaine addiction A boxing champion whose drug and alcohol addiction saw him lose his house, family and job in just a few years has revealed how he was forced to live on the streets for six months before a brutal wake-up call finally changed his fortunes.

UMA Fighter Ian Maddocks, 37, from the U.K., began smoking weed at age 11 to "fit in" and quickly progressed to harder drugs including cocaine and ecstasy.

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He said drinking never affects his life and he considers himself a social drinker, not an alcoholic. I will then do at least two or three more bottles of wine in the week with a couple of gin and tonics "Although, as I can testify with my father, the drug is insidious and rather than just kill your body, if

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Describing his younger self as a functioning alcoholic with a love for partying, the father of two, who is partially deaf, managed to hold down a job at the Bentley factory in Crewe, England, for 10 years and even get a mortgage with his former partner before his life began to unravel after the birth of his second child.

His descent into addiction took him to a life where he would "drink and pass out" and saw him disowned by his family.  He found himself sleeping on the streets, where he says he was ready to try heroin but was told to "think of your children," a moment that kick-started his long, hard road back to sobriety.

Ian describes how his early childhood saw him bullied for his poor hearing and his ginger hair. His late grandfather, Steve Jones, decided to enroll him into martial arts classes to give him more confidence, a sport that he quickly got good at.

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He says: "People started to notice me and it went to my head a bit. I started bullying the bullies."

Desperate to fit in with the cool crowd, Ian tells MailOnline that by his early teens, he'd already tried harder drugs and was taking ecstasy and speed at 16.

"I did go to Alcoholics Anonymous. There was a guy who told a story about ending up homeless, losing his family - and I just thought 'I'm not even that bad.' It fueled my denial."

He says: "My family didn't know, I got away with it for a long time. In my late teens and early twenties, I was partying all the time and I just thought 'I'll just do it every weekend.' Looking back now, I'd drunk for most of my life, I was a functioning alcoholic for a long time."

Becoming a father to Amelia when he was 27 made him stop taking cocaine but he struggled to control his drinking.

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Within months of his second child, Jack, now eight, being born in 2011, he was drinking heavily, often downing two glasses of wine before going to work at the Bentley factory to "take the edge off the working day."

He says: "It was drinking to function. I was waking up in the morning and having half a bottle of wine. Before we even had Jack, I knew that I couldn't even look after myself let alone another baby, but I kept it to myself."

His bosses noticed his decline and signed him off work for nearly a year on sick leave, something Ian says increased his dependency on cocaine and alcohol as he used his statutory pay to feed his addiction.

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He says: "I did go a couple of times to Alcoholics Anonymous."

At the same time, heated arguments with his then-partner in front of their two children saw her ask him to move into a rented apartment. The death of his granddad, who'd raised Ian as a son, left him reaching for the bottle even harder.

"I got money from begging. A bottle of cider from Aldi for two quid - it's not a lot of money. It's easy to get two quid," says Ian.

A disciplinary hearing followed at work and Ian was laid off, which prompted his landlord to end his tenancy forcing him to move back in with his mother.

After just two weeks at his mother Jacqueline's home, she called the police and asked him to leave, unable to cope with her son's 24/7 addiction.

"I was literally drinking myself to death. I was at her house for two weeks and when she cleared my bedroom out, she found 197 empty bottles of cider and wine. I was stealing her rings to fund my habit."

a couple of people posing for the camera: Ian with his grandfather Steve; his death at 90 came as a huge blow and sent Ian further into his descent into addiction© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ian with his grandfather Steve; his death at 90 came as a huge blow and sent Ian further into his descent into addiction a group of people posing for the camera: A recent photo of Ian with Louisa, who he met at one year sober after chatting on Facebook, and younger family members© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A recent photo of Ian with Louisa, who he met at one year sober after chatting on Facebook, and younger family members

Ian's downward spiral continued and he says his mother saved his life by calling the police, saying: "She had no other way out, she was enabling my addiction by letting me live there. I was just drinking and passing out."

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The YMCA told him that night that "it wasn't cold enough" and he was over age 30, so they couldn't offer a bed. Ian ended up sleeping in a church before spending six months on the streets.

Ian's lowest moment was when he was "ready" to take heroin because life on the streets was so bleak he couldn't see any way out of his situation.

"It was a turning point. The guy I was with said 'think of your kids' and he took it himself instead. Shortly after I went to a homeless shelter and told them that I need to get off the drink."

On a particularly freezing night, Ian also went to the ER and threatened to take his own life. Mental health services became involved in his plight.

a young boy sitting at a table and smiling at the camera: Ian with his family in a recent photo; he began seeing his children again after completing the ten-day detox programme© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ian with his family in a recent photo; he began seeing his children again after completing the ten-day detox programme

The key to his recovery was getting a physical address, he says, after mental health worker Mandy Moorcroft found him supported accommodation at Adullam Homes in Crewe.

On his third attempt to prove he could take recovery seriously, his alcohol readings were low enough that he was enlisted in a detox program and he says he didn't look back. With an address, he got benefits and he did a 10-day detox.

However, seeing his estranged brother in October 2015 sparked a relapse that lasted for seven days and saw Ian drinking cider in a bush, something that jeopardized his supported accommodation place.

Oct. 16, 2015 would be the last time he would have a drink.

He had four months of intensive therapy with charity Acorn Recovery Projects and started hitting the gym to beat a bout of depression that followed "from having nothing to fill the void of drinking." Ian also trained as a counselor.

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Rediscovering Thai boxing has, he says, helped his mental health. Last year, he competed in the British championships just because he had the opportunity. This year he won the World Thai Gold Boxing Champion, held in Barnsley, after training hard twice a day.

He says: "I went to fight and I ended up winning. It was the best feeling in the world. My children watched a video of me fight and we all had a cry when I won. It was a money-can't-buy moment for me."

He adds that he would never have believed it would be possible to bring himself back from the brink, saying: "No matter how far in the ground you go, you can always pull yourself out. I honestly thought 'how am I going to get a job, get off the drugs and the alcohol.' It seemed impossible but I've worked hard and good things have happened to me since."

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