Steven's Addiction Recovery - Hader Clinic Queensland
Steven Ice Addiction Treatment

Steven’s Addiction Recovery

Steven’s addiction meant he couldn’t hold a job down; lost his kids, and was homeless. Now after undertaking our addiction treatment program he is sober, in recovery and working towards a better life.

Growing up as a kid, I loved motorbikes. If I think about it, that was probably my first addiction.

From sun up to sun down, I would be riding my motorbike. I couldn’t give it up.

I would say my childhood and early teens were run of the mill and indifferent.

My dad was a part of a motorcycle club when I was growing up and this was probably where my love for bikes came from.

Overall, life for me back then was normal.

I grew up on a small country farm until I was about 10 years old.

My family then decided to pack up the house and move to a larger city in Victoria.

After a little while of being somewhere new, I began to fall in with the wrong crowd.

I started to smoke weed when I was 13, everyone was doing it.

I didn’t think much of it, but that was the beginning.

That was when I began to be drawn into a life of drug addiction.

By 15, I was taking ecstasy and speed religiously.

I decided to leave school at this time to do a building apprenticeship.

It was during my apprenticeship where I found myself starting to try harder drugs.

At 18, I tried ice for the first time.

My life was turbulent and chaotic from then onward.

I couldn’t stop taking substances.

It was one drug to the next, always needing something more.

I went to rehab for the first time at 21.

I got clean and stayed clean for a bit. Life was okay.

When I was 23, I got married and we started a family.

It was good. But things turned, and the relationship started to breakdown by the time I was 25.

Not long after the separation, I picked up the drugs again to cope with the emotional fracture.

My drug use affected every single part of my life and continued to do so for a number of years.

I wasn’t able to function as a normal human being.

I couldn’t ever hold a job down; I lost my kids, and I was homeless living on the street.

There were times over the years where I would get clean for a short period.

However, relapse was always imminent.

My cycle of addiction and serial relapses continued for another 5 years. I couldn’t escape it.

I had participated in and completed various public rehabilitation programs 10 times before I made the decision to go to Hader Clinic Queensland.

Making the decision to go to rehab again wasn’t an easy one.

I kept asking myself what would be different this time, how would rehab help me, I had done it all before so many times and I knew it would just be a waste of my time.

This inner debate continued for a while.

It then got to the point where I was sick to death of constantly feeling physically sick and tired every day from the drug use.

I was at my wit’s end and had burnt my entire life to the ground.

I had lost my job and I had been reported as a missing person for 2 days.

This inescapable relapse was probably the worst one and definitely the most significant.

I had to get real with myself.

I needed to take that next step, do something different and make a change.

I chose Hader Clinic Queensland because I had known a few people who had completed the program there previously, were able to continue with their recovery journey, and now have amazing success stories.

I wanted that; a better outcome than I had experienced before. I needed to stay clean.

I am now 32 years old, and I completed the 4-week rehabilitation program at Hader Clinic Queensland just over two months ago.

I am clean, in recovery and working towards a better life for myself.

In the past, other rehabs would take me in for 6—12 weeks and then kick me out the door without any aftercare or support.

This would always be a recipe for failure.

Hader Clinic Queensland was different.

The team taught me how to connect with people again and form positive relationships.

The most helpful thing that Hader Clinic Queensland provided that no other rehab provides is connection outside of the rehab and ongoing support.

My goals for the next 12 months are to continue working, build better relationships and stay clean.

My more long-term goal is regaining custody of my kids, I know it will take a while to rebuild that trust again.

But by staying on track with my recovery, I am hopeful that one day that connection will return and they will want to come and spend time with their dad again.

My advice for others considering Hader Clinic Queensland is to have faith in what they tell you.

You will go there and think you know the best, but the reality is that the people running the program know better.


Names and photographs of this client may have been changed to protect their privacy.

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