With today’s announcement that the first drug testing of welfare recipients will go ahead in Western Sydney next year, Rev Graham Long wanted to release this statement:
“Drug testing on the poor may be well-intentioned but unlikely to produce the outcomes the government wants. Drug misuse in our community extends well-beyond those receiving benefits from the government, but this policy directly targets those people. We understand that “getting tough on the poor” and “tough love” language is appealing, not just for government but in media circles and parts of the broader community. The thought being “Why should the poor get a ‘hand out’ and then waste it on drugs?” But this approach rarely brings about a transformation to health. This approach – while it may make us feel better – doesn’t start people on a road to healing.
Wayside would prefer to see the time, cost and effort that is being put into this process invested into areas that create real opportunities for people to turn their lives around. Helping people out of their situation and onto a path of health. This process only assumes the worse of people. That if you are poor, if you are homeless and if you are on benefits then you are likely to be using illicit drugs and therefore we will presume your guilt. At Wayside we don’t believe this helps people to find and become their best selves.”
Stephen King’s Addiction and Horror StoriesThe American novelist, Stephen Edwin King, is one of the worlds most recognized and successful horror authors of all time. Throughout his journey to fame and during his career, King battled with alcoholism and drug addiction.Over a span of 35 years, King wrote a total of 63 novels; his stories, including Carrie, The Shining, IT, Misery and The Green Mile, quickly became best-sellers and turned into Hollywood and television films.Although King has had much success and is estimated to have a net worth of 400 million to date, the author has had his ups and downs along the way.In a new biography, King reveals that during the 80s, he spent most of his time binging on drugs and alcohol. So much so, King claims to have no recollection of writing some of his novels during the time period.
The First AA Pamphlet
Source: THE FIRST AA PAMPHLET
The strongest rebellion may be expressed in quiet, undramatic behavior.Benjamin SpockIn recovery, we each rebel against our disease. Each day we fight for the freedom to stay close to our Higher Power, friends and family.It’s mainly a quiet battle. It’s fought daily. We fight and win by acting in a spiritual way. We fight and win every time we help a friend, go to meetings, or read about how to improve our livesWe move slowly but always forward. Rushing will only tire us out. Our battle will go on for life.
My name is Kelvin Young and I’m a Holistic Stress Management Instructor, Sound Healer, Addiction Recovery Coach, but most importantly a person who’s in recovery from alcohol and other drugs.After many years of struggling with depression, anxiety and drug addiction, I found freedom from alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and other opiates and began my healing process in a drug treatment program in prison. Within this prison program I learned about the healing powers of meditation, yoga and expressive arts. I had a lot of misconceptions about yoga and meditation but the things that I was doing prior to my prison sentences weren’t working, so I had to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.By utilizing meditation and yoga I was able to find a sense of calm and inner peace while being in a very hostile and restrictive environment. Also, I was able to go “within” to understand the root causes of my experience with addiction. From my experience with these healing practices, I was able to understand that emotional distress, pain, trauma and stress were at the root of my addiction. I was looking for relief from my emotional pain and found it in alcohol, cocaine, heroin and opiates. They worked for a while until they didn’t work anymore and I got caught in the vicious cycle of addiction. This was a very profound learning experience for me.