Stories

People who have successfully dealt with their drug use issues

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Robertís story: I grew up as a good church boy in a working class suburb of inner Sydney …

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I needed to come back: I was a single mother with three daughters …

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Personal story: Born 1st July 1970 in Sydney …

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Richardís story: Well, before I came to this treatment, I was a very lost person and pretty messed up …

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My journey through treatment: For me personally my stay at the treatment centre has been rewarding to say the least …

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A residentís story ó Reflections: I started using drugs to fit in …

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ďMy storyĒ in brief: I didnít start using heroin until I was 29 years old …

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A solution: This brief summary is not intended as a promotional exercise — it is based purely on experience …

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Open letter from a rehab resident: A safe place to be …

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My story: I believe looking back on my past that I had addict behaviours from an early age …

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A gratitude story: I came to the rehabilitation program in March 2002, reluctantly …

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Former client: Iím a recovering addict. My story is much the same as anyone who uses drugs/alcohol …

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Thank you: I am writing this letter of appreciation to the rehabilitation organisation to express my gratitude …

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A clientís thank you letter: Dear all: I just wanted to send a wee thankyou to everyone …

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A clientís story: I started using in my early teens, predominately alcohol and then I moved on to marijuana, speed and cocaine …

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Hi, I'm 52 and an ex opiate user I used for about 35 years, different types of opiates whatever I could get …

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During my addiction I lost everything from my family, finances and my unit …

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When I was 15 I started using drugs. To start with I experimented with marijuana, speed, ecstasy, cocaine etc …

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I donít know exactly when drugs became a problem. It started off fun and exciting …

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How I saw my life as a young teenager was pretty scary …

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I remember being really, really young at parties, all my family really chaotic and drunk …

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I grew up in a sole parented family with 2 younger brothers I helped care for …

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I remember when I was young there was a lot of alcoholism in the family and being the youngest child I always felt alone …

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Looking back today, I can understand and acknowledge my experiences during my active addiction …

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Dual diagnosis — A journey of recovery: I canít tell you exactly when mental illness became a part of my life …

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I grew up in a single parented family with 4 other siblings, it was dysfunctional and was filled with drugs and violence …

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I grew up in an average family, with my dad, my mum and a younger brother. My dad was an alcoholic …

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Who am I? It has been a long time since I had a good sense of who I am and who I want to be …

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Hi, Iím Bill and I am 40 years old. Raised by loving and caring parents in a normal middle class suburban setting …

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Day by day you help me through, Even though I wouldnít mind a drink or two …

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Up until 13 my life was great, I had a mum, a home and I felt safe …

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Eight years ago I was a drunken addict living by my addled wits on the streets of an anonymous big city …

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My first contact with this treatment community was when my counsellor at the time told me about it …

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This is freedom: I feel amazingly excited to be asked to share my story and wonderfully strong to be able to tell it …

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It all started back in the year 1998, or at least, that was when I had my first experience with any form of treatment …

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Residents report AGM 2004: Often words seem futile, even irrelevant when explaining the intangible, the majestic and the sublime …

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Aliceís story: By the time I got to the rehabilitation centre Iíd been using and abusing drugs and alcohol for over twenty years …

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Jimís story: Jim grew up in Canberra in the 60ís and 70ís. By his mid-teens, he had been introduced to heroin by his older brother …

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Kelly's story: In the late 80's Kelly started using ďparty drugs". Cocaine and speed helped her while studying at University …

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Johnís story: John entered the rehabilitation centre as part of a drug diversion program …

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Janís story: Jan grew up in a strong Irish Catholic family in Sydney …

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Trophy of grace: Firstly, the reason that I am writing this is to bring to you a true message of hope …

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ďEmotional sharks and dolphinsĒ: I grew up in what I call Ken and Barbie land. A middle class picture perfect Australian family …

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At age 9 I was abandoned, beaten, starved, abused and neglected. I never knew a normal life …

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Miracles ó My story: Hi, I am an alcoholic from Nevada USA. My sobriety began August 14th 1995 …

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I did it! About thirteen years ago I got heavily involved in drugs after my father died …

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How the hell am I ever going to stop!!!!!!!!!!! For years I asked myself that question …

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A youngsterís story: Iím 18 years of age and I grew up on the North Coast. Up there we teenagers had not much to do …

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Codeine dependency: Smoked pot on various occasions from age 14, but at approx. age 18 a friend suggested I try a Ďcough medicineí …

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Break the cycle: I was 18 when I first tried drugs. I didnít touch them again until I was 24. Then for 3 years I partied every weekend …

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My story begins early in my childhood, perhaps even at birth but there are turning points, pivotal moments that change everything …

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The Lord is my shepherd: What makes life enjoyable? This question has many answers. It also reflects many misconceptions …

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With Godís help: Iím 31 years of age, a follower of Christ and currently residing in Queensland …

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Testimony of faith: For 40 years, I was seeking happiness through false pleasures. I thought drugs were a way …

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Soberland: I miss the sound of ice cubes breaking through a Tullamore Dew. The hot times with Chivas Regal …

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My Story, 30 years of survival? Female 50, Sydney. Have a middle class background, private school education …

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There is always a way out: Six years ago I was a hopeless heroin addict with not much of a future. I HAD nothing, and I WAS nothing …

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After hearing about Positive Stories from a dear friend who wrote the inspiring book Trophy of Grace, I felt compelled to also share …

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My story: I live in Sacramento, California, USA. I come from a very dysfunctional family …

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There is another way: As a child I despised my dad for being drunk. So how could I let the same thing happen to myself?

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The pits: Isolated, alienated, unaccepted that's me. This pain more than I can bear. The repetition of which there is no escape …

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Fingers crossed: I hope this will be a positive story. This is something I won’t know for some time …

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My guardian angel: I am a 42 year old woman. I have used alcohol and drugs since the age of 18. I never thought I had a problem …

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I was born into a very poor family, my father a gambler, my mother mentally ill. My memories of early childhood are full of conflict …

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From the depths of despair: Greetings. My name does not matter, but my story of alcohol and drug abuse may …

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Amazing grace: I got out of the city lock up at 7AM. I wasn’t sure why I’d been in the cells for the night but I knew …

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The living hell: I grew up feeling different from a very early age.  I thought it was because I was from a poor, migrant family …

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NSP’s for 20: Dear readers: I am in recovery and have been this way for many years …

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The Invisible Man: The story of ‘Cheesy’ is of the type that makes AB Facey’s seem like a fortunate life indeed …

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Rhonda's story: I was born on the 23rd August, 1975. I was the youngest of 4 children and my family was very loving and close …

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A story like many others: I started using alcohol at about 13, my first real experience of being drunk was at my brothers wedding …

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Choices: This is my story. I have demons taunting me in the back of my mind most days …

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Failure to Triumph: I am a rehabilitated drug addict, on an average day I would smoke $50 worth of marijuana and swallow at least …

Family members

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Dear staff: Thank you for all you have done for John …

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My brotherís back: This morning at 7.30am I received a phone call from my brother Steven …

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My husbandís story as told to me — his wife: I met my husband in the August of 1996. It was a wintery afternoon …

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The best year of our lives: I am a parent of a recovering drug addict. Our story is at times sad but …

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A Mother's Story: I’m here today to talk about my family and the effect my son’s drug use and mental health issues, has had on us …

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A Dream Come True: A Sportsman’s Journey from Drug Hell to Whole: Thank you for the opportunity to offer my story …

Managers and workers from treatment services

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Johnís case study: John was referred to the treatment program by the magistrate at his local court in November 2004 …

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Case study: Ben: Ben is a 38 year old local Aboriginal man who is well known to the Criminal Justice System in Northern NSW …

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Adamís story: Background: Born in 1975, Adam is now aged 26. Heroin was Adamís main drug at around $50/day …

 

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