WORDS of praise poured in after a former addict who began taking drugs aged 11 spoke to The Mail about how he had turned his life around.

Chris Crompton has now recovered and wants to use his experiences to help others in similar situations.

He said The Well, Barrow, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity which he joined in March 2018, helped give him the skills and confidence he needed to thrive and succeed in the world without drugs.

And Mail readers were effusive in their praise for the 39-year-old.

Ian Mcskimmings: "Brilliant. Well done. Inspiration and role-model for others to follow."

Anthony Woodburn: "You always get a second chance in life, make the most of it while you can."

Stacey Mitchell: "What a refreshing thing to read amongst all the doom and gloom. Well done and stay strong."

Mark Barry: "Good lad Chris. Nice to see you getting the recognition you deserve mate. Truly helped me in my recovery so well done my mate."

Dan Purdy said: "Nice to read about people turning their life around, good lad Chris!"

Marilyn Louise Dacre: "Amazing achievement, well done."

Vera Langhorn: "Stay safe and good luck in all you do."

Sheila Bowes: "Well done, stay strong."

Sarah Heseltine: "Amazing!!!! Chris Crompton well done you."

Janice Shepherd: "Good lad."

Carole Mawson: "Brilliant - be proud of yourself hun."

Shell Hale: "Absolutely well done."

Dawn Mccarthy: "Well done. Keep it up and stay strong."

Elaine Lamb: "Well done."

Brian Mccracken: "Well done Chris."

Ann Armstrong: "Well done. Keep going."