Real people, real stories

The following excerpts are shared with us in hope to demonstrate and encourage those who work in the sector, and those who reach out and seek recovery. This connects the investment the Government, organisations and workers make with the reality of a person’s life, and a family’s recovery.


After 23 years of drug and alcohol use...

After 23 years of drug and alcohol use – marijuana, alcohol, LSD, ketamine, speed, ecstasy, cocaine, mushrooms, ice, heroin, and overdoses, hospitalisation, loss of a best friend through suicide, and a broken marriage – with 3 children, Mr Q came into the Geelong Withdrawal Unit in 2012.

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Staying for stage 1 “those first 10 days were a bit of a haze”, and on to Stage 2 and 3, connecting with NA, and completing 113 days admission in total, with a mother and wife attending the Family Support Group…”all of my relationships with both family and friends have seemed to benefit from my stay at GWU….I am able to be much more open…There are no more secrets…I am growing stronger and more self aware..”

Caring staff, the Chaplain, Kardinia (now SalvoConnect) Mental Health Service, SCAODS (now SCAODS) group recovery programs, and a Higher Power have all assisted. “Prior to entering recovery, I relied on the false promise of drugs to get me through….by staying aware in my recovery, I have been able to rediscover parts of me…..and am able to sit with myself and just be in the moment…….(at 35) My family has been pieced back together..I am eternally grateful…” (2013).