Pro­gram saves pro­fes­sion­als from de­mon drink

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JANE HANSEN

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.

Linda Jack­son.

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