Max's Addiction Recovery Story - Hader Clinic Queensland
Max Addiction Recovery

Max’s Addiction, Treatment & Recovery

After 60 days of residential addiction treatment at Hader Clinic Queensland, Max* is 6 months clean and sober and looking to the future. This is his story.

If you saw my school record, you wouldn’t think I would have ended up in residential addiction treatment let alone jail.

I did well at school, graduating with an OP 1 as dux of the school.

I was awarded a scholarship to study at the Australian National University in Canberra, where I moved when I was 18.

Living in a student college, I was thrown into a strong drinking culture, which I participated in.

I soon started experimenting with party drugs and study drugs, which made me feel better as I was struggling with mental health concerns at the time as well.

I started taking the drugs daily and that’s when things really began to go downhill for me.

I was functional enough to hold down a job for a few years, but the pressure started to build as I got high pressure internships and then jobs, which led to working full time and studying full time simultaneously.

The pressure was so bad that I turned to harder drugs to try and keep functioning.

After the work finished, my studies were in disarray and I withdrew from university.

At this time I got addicted to benzodiazepines which were helping with the intense anxiety that I was experiencing.

To uphold this addiction, I resorted to crime and was eventually remanded in custody.

Coming out on probation, I was doing well for a time but then relapsed.

I thought the only way to deal with the incredible anxiety, isolation, and shame I was feeling was through using drugs.

After around a year, I was in custody again for 60 days, and then released on parole.

At this time, I was struggling with housing and experienced incredible isolation and social withdrawal.

I could see no purpose in my life, so I started looking for other options.

After doing some research, I ended up calling the Hader Clinic Queensland, which may have been a call that saved my life.

I researched Hader Clinic Queensland and saw that they were accredited to the Australian Healthcare Standards and were based on a model that treated both addiction and comorbid mental health conditions.

The fact of intensive medical support in the form of an onsite hospital was something I thought I would benefit from, so I booked myself in and was there within four days.

The program was more intensive and well-rounded than any institution I had stayed at, which was exactly what I needed.

After 28 days, my family and I were pleased with my progress and decided to extend my stay in treatment for another 30 days.

The best thing about my 60 days in rehab was that Hader Clinic Queensland teaches a program of recovery that prioritises connection with others, service, honesty and principles that can be applied to every area of your life.

What I learnt from the Hader Clinic Queensland has continued in its development through my attendance at 12 Step Fellowship meetings, which I began whilst an inpatient at Hader Clinic Queensland.

This, in combination with the strong medical component of the first 28 days at Hader Clinic Queensland was a massive benefit to me, having the medical staff, doctors and a psychiatrist on site.

After my 60 days of drug addiction treatment, I went to meetings most days and now have supportive and stable accommodation.

I also have a sponsor, I’m attending several weekly meetings, I have a service position, and I have a homegroup.

I’m coming up to the end of my parole and I’ve started back at university this year.

I’m 6 months sober and clean thanks to my time at Hader Clinic Queensland, studying again, living at secure accommodation, and on my way to reaching my goals.

*Name and photographs of this client have been changed to protect their privacy.

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