A team from Tiglin Rehab Centre in Ashford were just some of the participants who took part in the Hell and Back challenge at Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow at the weekend.
33 year old Decky Byrne was part of the Tiglin team. Originally from Coolock in Dublin, Decky has been through his own hell and back in his personal life as he battled a drug and alcohol addiction for a number of years. He was the worst heroin addict ever seen by doctors but has made a great recovery and has been clean for over a year and a half.
“Hell and Back was 12KM altogether and was quite challenging but I made it to the finish line. I had been training for a couple of weeks before the event but I didn’t really know what to expect until I got there. It was great to do it with a group of people I knew too, it made it that bit easier to get to the finish line. I’d definitely do it again!” said Decky.
Decky went to Tiglin Rehab Centre in Ashford, Co Wicklow in April 2013. He graduated in June of this year and is waiting for a place to do a FETAC Level 7 in Addiction Studies in Bray. He also volunteers in Tiglin and works as a Supervisor in the day centre in Arklow.