Tara's Recovery From Alcohol Addiction - Hader Clinic Queensland
Tara's Addiction Treatment

Tara’s Recovery From Alcohol Addiction

Despite losing nearly everything to her alcohol addiction, Tara, a 36-year-old lawyer, found hope and recovery through our addiction treatment program, where she learned to live a fulfilling, sober life filled with connection and stability.

Hi, I’m Tara, I’m a 36-year-old lawyer from Newcastle and I’m an alcoholic.

I love alcohol. I always have and I always will. But somewhere along the line it became a problem for me. A big problem.

But I’m proud to say that today I am 12 months clean and sober.

And for someone who couldn’t go a day without drinking, this is a big deal.

This is the longest I have ever gone without putting a drink or drug in my body to change the way I feel since I was 14.

That’s over 22 years.

I have a disease. A progressive illness that usually ends in jails, institutions or death. And unfortunately, I am just one drink away from that ending.

In the last few years, I lost everything.

My relationship, my friends, my family, my house, my car, my career and my will to live.

Last year I broke my neck in two places while drunk and yet I couldn’t stop drinking.

I was hospitalised more times than I can count. My life was unmanageable. I couldn’t take care of myself, but I couldn’t accept I had a problem and needed help.

I would lie, steal, and do hurtful things to the people I loved with no regard for them.

I was completely self-centred and blamed everybody else.

I blamed the world for my problems when I was creating them myself. My morals and values went out the window.

I was doing insane things and no matter how hard people tried to help me, I pushed them away.

In the end, I drank alone in isolation.

I wanted everyone to leave me alone so I could drink in peace.

I drank to the point of blackout and unconsciousness daily.

Eventually I tried detoxes and mental health hospitals to please others and got kicked out of every single one for continuing to drink in there.

I always found a way.

I continued on until I had nowhere else to go but be homeless and living on the street or going to a long-term rehab.

I finally gave in and found Hader Clinic Queensland. I spent months away with other addicts in regional Queensland.

No phone, no money, no hope. I spent 29 days in the detox before doing another 4 weeks in the residential rehabilitation.

I learnt there that I wasn’t alone.

I wasn’t the only one with this disease and there was a way out if I wanted it.

I learnt about my addiction.

I learnt the value of connection.

I learnt HOW to save myself.

I can honestly say that Hader Clinic Queensland saved my life.

The program, the staff, the therapeutic community, the family support, the aftercare.

My family and I will be forever grateful.

To this day, I still remember the little antidotes, the powerful messages, the affirmations and the tough love from my time in there.

I learnt that it was ok to be myself and people would accept me.

I learnt that addicts are good people who are just sick people.

I learnt how to live in the solution.

I’m so grateful for where this journey of recovery has taken me.

I may not have kids, I have never been married, I don’t own a house or a car.

But today I have my family back in my life, a loving partner who accepts me for who I am, amazing new friends, a job I love, a home, a puppy and connection to others.

I can manage my life and do the things I love.

I have stability.

I live an honest life and I show up.

I have integrity.

I exercise and try to eat well.

And I’m the happiest I’ve been in as long as I can remember.

I am learning to accept who I am and where I am at in life.

I just want to say thank you for all the love and support I have received, especially from Hader Clinic Queensland.

It has taken hard work.

It’s probably been the most challenging thing I have ever done.

Harder than law school or moving by myself to the other side of the world to London.

But I’ve just decided to do the next right thing, and put my head on the pillow sober, one day at a time.

I’m feeling grateful for the gift of recovery.


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