John

Has a lived experience of addiction

John

I was bullied at school and found alcohol numbed the pain. Over a 33-year period I then used ANYTHING that would take away the hatred I built up for myself (no one would choose or like the way I lived). It took me 10 years and many different ways of trying to get and stay off drugs. During my life I attempted suicide 4 times and lost every support I had.

Today I work at a 12-step program, have been drug free for over 8 years, have degrees and have worked in rehabs around Melbourne, I currently work as a facilitator raising awareness for some of the biggest companies in Australia. I have respect for myself and others. I have my son and father who are both proud of me. You would not be able to tell I was on drugs for so long unless I told you. Today I live a life worth living.