Bob’s Addiction Recovery
Bob is a recovering addict who completed the Hader Clinic Queensland’s residential addiction treatment program. This is his story.
G’day. My name’s Bob. I’m 33 years old, and a recovering addict, who thanks to Hader Clinic Queensland, is clean and about to embark upon a psychology degree.
It all started pretty early, really. I started off drinking at the age of 17 and started adding drugs, specifically cocaine, to the mix from age 18. At the time, I thought nothing of it – it was that drinking and partying rite of passage that everyone goes through, right?
Before I sought treatment, I was working in my family’s reinforcing steel business. I also worked as a chippie renovating hotel rooms.
However, after school, I’d enrolled at uni and was just doing alcohol and cocaine on occasional weekends. It was an insidious increase in exposure to the point where the drugs became an “every weekend” thing and then three or four years ago, escalated to daily use.
During that time I tried to live “normally” but drugs stole my relationship, and my mental health. I probably had an underlying disposition to being anxious and depressed, and I spent many years on and off anti depressants and bouncing between psychologists to try and solve it.
However, my problem was that I was using to cope with life. I have had four episodes where I’ve been admitted to a psych ward and the last time was because I attempted suicide.
In January, I was living in the Hunter Valley, and was beginning to feel desperate. I was thinking that perhaps a stint in a private mental health hospital may slay the demons. Even though I’d been before and it clearly hadn’t worked in the long term.
My parents suggested that I go to alcohol and drug rehab. I made a deal with them and agreed to go as long as they organised it.
This was the beginning of my journey with The Hader Clinic Queensland. I was admitted in January and initially thought that I was heading to a wellness retreat.
Put it this way, arriving at the rehab was a real shock to the system and initially I didn’t want to be there. I detoxed during the first five days and it took awhile for me to accept that I was going to be there for ninety days. In those initial days, I felt suicidal and desperate.
However, I resigned myself to the fact that I was in the here and now and decided to give the rehab a crack.
Once, I had made that decision, my mood started to lift. I felt like life was improving and that I was able to think clearly about my situation. After being embroiled in the drama of drugs and alcohol for all these years –- plus losing my marriage and watching my mates get pinched was a catalyst to me deciding “enough was enough”.
I worked the program and once I finished rehab, I have continued to work the program – I go to NA regularly and have a home group and sponsor.
Moving back home with Mum and Dad has really helped. As well as being supportive, our relationship has improved in leaps and bounds, especially as our prior communication was once or twice every few months. They are proud that I went to rehab and I am grateful that they’re in my corner.
I have enrolled at Uni and will be studying psychology in July at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
If I had any words of wisdom to share they would be, “if you’re not ready to go to rehab, don’t bother”.
Rehab doesn’t work unless you decide to put in the work to make it happen. I have to work hard every day, making the changes I need to live my life clean.
Yes, it’s been tough, but it’s been worth it and I have the Hader Clinic Queensland to thank for it!
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