Road to recovery BRADSHAW HOUSE
“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.