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How To Support Addict At Christmas

How To Support An Addict In Recovery Over Christmas

To help you make your Christmas a joyful event for all involved, here's a quick guide to navigating the holiday traps and triggers for a recovering addict.

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Living With An Addict

Living With an Addict

Susan is married to John, who was addicted to ice and amphetamines. This is her story about John's addiction and recovery.

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Paula - Addiction Help

From Addict to Recovery to Helping Addicts – Paula’s Story

Paula is one of the support staff at our Brisbane rehabilitation centre. She is also a recovering addict. This is her addiction story.

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The Shame of Addiction

Addiction – The Mother’s Shame

When you are the mother of an addict shame can stop you reaching out and getting help. But If you are willing to support your child through addiction, you have nothing to be ashamed of.

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Addiction - A Mother's Guilt

Addiction – The Mother’s Guilt

No mother ever forgets the day she gives birth to her child. No mother ever forgets the day she learns that her child is an addict, either.

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Fran Addiction Recovery

I was an addict. Now I help others.

Fran is one of the many friendly faces you will see frequently at our retreat. Fran is one of our support staff. She is also a recovering addict.

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Addicts Christmas Survival Guide

An addict’s Christmas survival guide – Tis the season to stay sober

Christmas can be tricky when you’re in recovery. To help you make it through, here are some simple yet important things to remember.

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Kate's Addiction Story

I’m a mother, wife and daughter of addicts

Kate's learned to cope with drug and alcohol addiction in her husband, son and father. Read her story, what she's learnt and her advice for others with loved ones suffering from addiction.

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Are you an enabler?

Are you an enabler?

Understanding Addiction

Joy's Addiction Story

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction – Joy’s Story

When Joy was eighteen, she experienced painful trauma when her best friend passed away. Soon after she began to experiment with drugs, starting with ecstasy and weekend party drugs, quickly progressing to cocaine, and eventually ice.

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Army Officer And Ice Addict

I Was An Army Officer. And An Ice Addict.

I was shooting up in alleyways and parks, and looking for sex, hoping it would motivate me to see how disgusting my ice addiction was. It didn’t work.

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Signs Of Addiction

Signs Of Addiction

Social drinking and drug use is common, so how do you know when you or someone you know is addicted?

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My Son Is An Addict

Our Son Is An Addict, What Do We Do?

Carol and Wayne were being consumed by their son DJ's ice addiction. Not knowing what to do, it was an unexpected call from a solicitor that started his journey of recovery.

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Harriet Addiction Recovery Story

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction – Harriet’s Story

Addiction gave me a life of isolation, fear, darkness and despair - but recovery has given me a life of connection with others, purpose, limitless possibilities and hope.

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Ice Addiction in Women

Ice Addiction in Women

Ice use is on the rise. Due to the way drugs effect women differently to men we are seeing an increase of ice addiction in women. Unfortunately women are less likely to seek treatment for their drug and alcohol addiction issues.

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Addiction Nature Or Nature

Nature or Nature? What Causes Addiction?

Have you ever wondered why someone is an addict, whether there is an underlying genetic or environmental reason? Is addiction something you can ‘catch’ or something you’re born with? Who's fault is it? We look at the causes of addiction.

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Women With Addiction

Misconceptions About Women With Addiction

Tackling the misconceptions about women with addiction can help to smooth the way for women to start their journey to recovery.

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Mental Health and Addiction

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

For the best treatment outcomes, it is imperative to correctly assess and diagnose substance abuse problems and concurrently occurring mental illnesses.

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Mental Health Effects of Ice

Mental Health Effects of Ice

Common mental health issues associated with ice use are depression, anxiety and psychotic disorders. Learn more about the mental health effects of ice.

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30 Day Addiction Treatment

Why a 90 Day Rehab Program Is Better For Long-Term Addiction

30 days of rehab sounds great doesn't it? But for a better chance of recovery from a long-term addiction, it's proven longer treatment is better.

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Alcoholics Anonymous

Benefits of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Combining a residential treatment program with membership of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) improves the likelihood of long-term abstinence from alcohol and drugs.

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RU OK?

Worried About Addiction? How To Ask R U OK?

Addiction and mental health disorders go hand in hand. So there is never a better time than today to ask them if they are ok. Here's how to ask and what to do.

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Alcohol Recovery

Two Years On, Life Couldn’t Be Better

Following many failed attempts at other rehabs TJ had lost all hope that he would never be able to stop drinking. Read his recovery story.

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Addiction and Mental Health

Are Mental Health and Addiction Connected?

People who use drugs are likely to develop mental illnesses. And people with mental illness are also prone to developing drug or alcohol addiction.

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Racism and Addiction

I’m Indigenous, Empowered And Now Drug Free

Joanne, an Indigenous Australian from the Yamatji tribe in Western Australia, is currently undertaking our residential addiction treatment program for ice addiction.

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Addiction Support

Addiction Support: the Dos and Don’ts

The addiction recovery process is a difficult time for everyone involved. You may think you know what’s best for your loved one’s recovery, but here are some tips to help give the best addiction support.

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What Is Addiction

What is Addiction

Understanding Addiction

Family Boundaries

Establishing Family Boundaries

As much as addiction takes an emotional and often financial toll on the whole family, it affects everyone in a unique way. No two people will have the same addiction experiences or identical journeys to recovery.

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Joy and Dianne

Breaking the Cycle of Addiction – A Parent’s Story

Dianne could have never imagined that the strong family values she grew up with and subsequently instilled into her only child and daughter, Joy, would have ever been challenged by the disease of addiction.

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Family Addiction Support

5 Ways to Support a Loved One with Addiction

Addiction can be all-consuming for the addict and their family. Living with a loved one in active addiction can be traumatic. Understand how you can help during the recovery process and how to get help for yourself.

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Can I Really be Addicted to Codeine? Yes!

As a corporate lawyer with a decent income and lifestyle, Anna didn’t fit the narrative of what society considers to be a drug addict. It was a wake up call learning to accept that she was a drug addict and that she needed help.

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Chris' Addiction Recovery Story

Chris’ Addiction Recovery Story

A couple months ago I was on the verge of losing everything. I was trying to decide whether to keep going or kill myself.

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DJ Addiction

DJ – My Addiction Experience

For DJ, life in addiction was chaotic and fast paced. He lived life solely for drugs and the lifestyle that went with it.

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Alex Drug Addiction

Alex’s Recovery Story

Before rehab, Alex was fighting his addiction, homeless and doing community service in Melbourne.

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Tim Addiction Recovery

Tim’s Recovery Story

After serviing in the Australian Army, Tim's life was destroyed by his alcohol addiction and he's facing jail.

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Mark's Drug Addiction Recovery

Mark’s Recovery Story

For more than half his life Mark has been living a lie hiding his heroin addiction from friends, family and colleagues.

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Faith's Recovery

Faith’s Recovery Story

When Faith started using drugs aged thirteen, it felt like an innocent attempt to gain confidence and have more fun in life. But Faith’s drug taking descended her into a life of addiction, pain and brokenness.

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