Dry the Wright choice Being dad takes priority
WHEN Matt Wright decided to take on the Dry July challenge, family was at the forefront of his mind.
Expecting a baby with his partner Tamara, Mr Wright decided to fully prepare himself for the arrival of his first-born with a month-long alcohol detox.
With daughter Annabella arriving mid-July, the Aubin Grove resident said he wanted to give her the best start to life.
“Leading up to Dry July, I thought the gift of giving is one of the best gifts in life and I thought I’d start her on the right foot by doing it on behalf of her,” he said.
“I actually started two weeks early in case she came early; you hear those horror stories where people have had a few drinks and then have to send the missus and the baby to the hospital in an Uber.”
While Mr Wright is loving being a new dad, he also partly attributes his recent positive frame of mind to the alcohol ban, which he said had helped him battle a few personal demons.
“Leading up to her coming, I had my first-ever bout of anxiety. Previously I have done Dry July more for physical reasons, but this time I did it for the mental side,” he said.
“I never thought I’d suffer from it, but I wasn’t the same and a few friends pulled me up. I got help and decided to clear my mind, do a detox and focus on mental toughness.
“Not drinking, along with professional help, has allowed me to strengthen the mental side.”
Currently reaping the rewards of the detox, Mr Wright said he had found the biggest challenge in previous years had not been resisting alcohol but peer pressure.
“People seem to take offence and I know it’s the Australian way and it’s how our culture is, but people seem to take offence when you’re not drinking. I don’t know if it’s about their own insecurities,” he said.
“One of my mates who stopped drinking, he went out to a concert the other night and one of his friends was hassling him so hard he almost felt like having a drink to shut him up.” THE opening of a new Cancer Supportive Care Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital is expected to help people receiving treatment south of the river.
Cancer Council WA president George Yeoh said the centre, which is run by his organisation, added to the services available at the hospital.
“The clinic is generously funded by the Dry July Foundation and offers psychosocial care and support to improve the quality of life of people with cancer and their loved ones,” he said.
The range of complementary therapies already includes aromatherapy, massage, reflexology and reiki, with plans to add meditation and mindfulness.
Mr Yeoh said about 12,000 West Australians were told they had cancer each year.
“Cancer has a significant impact on the lives of patients and their loved ones” he said.
“The supportive care service is aimed at the provision of emotional, practical, spiritual and survivorship support to assist cancer patients and their families to minimise the impact of the cancer disease and treatment on their lives.”