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12459375745_59f83701fe_b.jpg?profile=RESIZE_710xMichael, 48, on how he has no boss and can make up to £100 a week selling the Big Issue

I’ve been homeless and addicted to drugs for most of my life. I started with pot and hallucinogenics and ended up mainly on heroin and crack. I wanted to try everything. I’d say “I won’t try that”, and then I did it anyway. I’ve done everything I said I wouldn’t.

In my 30s I was a functioning addict; I worked as a successful chef. But I lost my job when I was caught using drugs at work. I was in a relationship for about 12 years but when we split up I was back on the streets again, which caused me to relapse.

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The Guardian

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