Road to re­cov­ery BRAD­SHAW HOUSE

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“My name is Angie. I am an al­co­holic & drug ad­dict; I have been sober & clean for 25 years. That sounds sim­ple when ex­pressed in a cou­ple of sen­tences but it’s been the high­est moun­tain I have climbed. I found that to achieve an ab­sti­nent life with mean­ing & pur­pose & a sense of peace of mind I had to be 100% com­mit­ted to my own health & life. I didn’t re­alise it at the time but I had in­ner strength & re­silience; some­one had to show me that. When I started a re­cov­ery path in 1991 I had no idea what was ahead. I just had to be­lieve that it was bet­ter than where I was. I felt I had two choices – ei­ther look up or die. I felt hope­less, de­spair­ing, & fear­ful. One of the most fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ences was the re­al­i­sa­tion that al­co­hol & cannabis were no longer numb­ing life for me. I felt like my best friends (al­co­hol & drugs) had turned on me. The fact was that my brain & body were fail­ing & I was now faced with the con­se­quences of chronic ad­dic­tion. I had a great job, I had a house, a car, & a lot of other “toys.” I hid be­hind an im­age & the bar­rier of de­nial, & I thought no-one knew what was go­ing on. I felt like I was dy­ing in­side but I couldn’t tell any­one; like I was look­ing at life through a win­dow watch­ing as an ob­server. In 1991, I was guided to a man who held a me­taphoric mir­ror up to my face & I couldn’t help but look in it. I started to be­lieve his sim­ple truths & the rusted door of dis­trust edged open. His name is Don Brad­shaw OAM. I re­alised I had to give up my de­fi­ant, de­fen­sive & re­sent­ful stance on life & ac­cept help un­con­di­tion­ally; I couldn’t do this on my own. This started my jour­ney into re­cov­ery. Every area of my life was bro­ken – so­cially, emo­tion­ally, men­tally, phys­i­cally & spir­i­tu­ally. Even though there were still a few peo­ple left in my life, the re­la­tion­ships were, at best, su­per­fi­cial. I’d reached a point that I be­lieved in noth­ing & trusted no-one. It was a very lonely, de­bil­i­tat­ing state of be­ing. I felt like I had a hole in my soul. And I wasn’t con­vinced for a quite a while if in fact that hole could be healed. I still re­tain some scars to­day but I now use them to show oth­ers that you can re­cover from a sense of help­less­ness & hope­less­ness & lead a con­tent & man­age­able life free of al­co­hol & drugs. I now run a drug & al­co­hol treat­ment fa­cil­ity called Brad­shaw House named af­ter the man who held out his hand to me & guided me. Don Brad­shaw cared about this shell of a woman when I was in­ca­pable of car­ing about my­self. I learnt so much but most of all I de­vel­oped trust in some­one – then be­lief that maybe I could have a life free of al­co­hol rather than a half lived ex­is­tence.” Brad­shaw House Drug & Al­co­hol Treat­ment Cen­tre is nes­tled amongst na­tive Aus­tralian bush­land ad­ja­cent to the Grampians Na­tional Park – known for its indige­nous spir­i­tual sig­nif­i­cance. Our per­son­alised treat­ment pro­grams pro­vide the best fa­cil­i­ties, clin­i­cians & re­sources avail­able to achieve the best pos­si­ble out­come for each client; we have skilled prac­ti­tion­ers ca­pa­ble of deal­ing with other con­di­tions that may present such as PTSD, de­pres­sion, & gen­er­alised anx­i­ety dis­or­der. We only ac­cept a max­i­mum of ten clients per in­take so no-one gets lost “in the shuf­fle.” No other clients en­ter the fa­cil­ity dur­ing a res­i­den­tial stay so the group dy­namic nat­u­rally evolves with­out in­ter­rup­tion; many strong friend­ships have been forged. All clients re­main part of the Brad­shaw sup­port net­work for as long as the client deems the need is there. Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is pos­si­ble for all types of sub­stance abuse: in­clud­ing al­co­hol, ice, heroin, & cannabis. If you have iden­ti­fied with any­thing in this ar­ti­cle, reach out to­day & change how the story ends in your life. The set­ting here in the Grampians is ideal for heal­ing…i have been priv­i­leged to wit­ness re­mark­able changes in peo­ple that have stayed here. Nick Driscoll, Grounds Man­ager Angie has a depth of un­der­stand­ing and em­pa­thy that stems not only from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the prob­lem, but also from a pas­sion for peo­ple in need. Her proac­tive en­thu­si­asm is end­less. I have seen that what touches our clients more than any­thing else is gen­uine care.

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