Program saves professionals from demon drink
LINDA Jackson was a successful business owner until her glass of wine over dinner became three, then a bottle, then two bottles, then a cask and finally two casks, with the first one opened for breakfast.
She is just one of a rapidly growing number of professionals burning out thanks to stress and anxiety, and seeking solace in alcohol or drugs.
Now back on her feet, working as an events manager in Byron Bay, Ms Jackson’s saviour was the eight-month residential program at the not-for-profit detox centre The Buttery based in northern NSW. For more than 40 years The Buttery has treated people with mental health and addiction issues but it is about to launch an early intervention program aimed at helping professionals such as Ms Jackson.
“I was drowning, I did not know who to turn to, running my own business and feeling over- whelmed and that glass of wine was well deserved and, well, three glasses does not make you a drunk,” she said.
Trent Rees, general manager of The Buttery’s therapeutic programs, said the Buttery Private will address a gap in need for early intervention, starting in August.