Category Archives: RECOVERY

Sponsor vs Therapist

12 Ways to Tell the Difference Between Your Sponsor and Your Therapist:1. Your sponsor isn’t all that interested in the “reasons” you drank. 2. Your therapist thinks your root problem is your lack of self-esteem and your negative self-image. Your sponsor thinks your problem is yourself. 3. Your therapist wants to pamper your inner child. Your sponsor thinks it should be spanked. 4. Your sponsor thinks your inventory should be about you, not your parents. 5. Speaking of your parents, your sponsor tells you not to confront them, but to make amends to them. 6. The only time your sponsor uses the word “closure” is before the word “mouth.” 7. Your sponsor thinks “boundaries” are things you need to take down, not build up. 8. Your therapist wants you to love yourself first; your sponsor wants you to love others first. 9. Your therapist prescribes care-taking medication. Your sponsor prescribes prayer making and meditation. 10. Your sponsor thinks “anger management skills” are numbered 1 through 12. 11. Now that you haven’t had a drink in 6 months, your therapist thinks you should make a list of all your goals and objectives for the next 5 years, starting with finishing up that college degree. Your sponsor thinks you should start today by cleaning coffee pots and help to carry a heavy box of literature to the jail. 12. Your sponsor will not lose his/her license if he/she talks about God.

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I have not felt like using for years but that is not everyone’s experience. Recovery doesn’t make you immune from life. After nine years clean I held my dead son in my arms. For the life of me I could not figure out how shooting heroin would bring him back. That wasn’t ok but I am ok. Using doesn’t fix anything.” Damien: 13 years clean, Sydney, Australia | THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY

EDEN SEA MIST

EDEN SEA MIST NSW

“For the past 26 years I’ve thought of heroin every day…”But never thought of using it. It never made anything better, just worse. Look, every junky is always “considering” getting clean. Every junky wants to be clean. Every using junky also wants more heroin. Call it a contradiction call it what you want. But no junky wants the life they have.James: 26 years clean, Sydney, Australia

Source: I have not felt like using for years but that is not everyone’s experience. Recovery doesn’t make you immune from life. After nine years clean I held my dead son in my arms. For the life of me I could not figure out how shooting heroin would bring him back. That wasn’t ok but I am ok. Using doesn’t fix anything.” Damien: 13 years clean, Sydney, Australia | THE OLD PROVERBIAL RECOVERY

STELLA DALTON R.I.P.

For those friends who might not have heard, Dr Stella Dalton passed away on 20 August 2017. Dr Stella Dalton opened the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Centre “Wistaria House” in the former Medical Superintendent’s residence Glengarriff in January 1966. Dr Dalton advocated the use of Methadone for the treatment of Heroin addiction and convinced the government to allow its use at Wistaria House in 1970 – the first place in Australia where it was used. She was Director of Wistaria House until 1976 after which she continued to treat drug addiction privately and through an organisation she had helped to establish, the “Wayback Committee.” Dr Dalton was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2007 Australia Day Honours for her services to medicine. Apart from that, those of us that were around the Parramatta Psychiatric Centre (Cumberland Hospital) in the 1970s all heard the stories about Dr Dalton and the rumours about her relationship with Tim Bristow the “legendary private eye, ‘fixer’, rugby player, bouncer and standover man.” I never quite knew what to believe, but her patients tended to love her and stand by her. Photo of Dr Dalton from Parramatta Advertiser, 29 June 1967 (she did love media attention).