My name is
**********. I'm 21 years old. I was living
in Melbourne in an abusive relationship and had a lifestyle
of abusing drugs and alcohol. It started when i was 18 and i
fell into it through friends when socialising. It started
off by simply trying marijuana occasionally and then
progressed to daily use of marijuana and amphetamines. Peer
pressure had a lot to do with it. I also was addicted to
alcohol which became a daily problem due to a bad
relationship. It was a very unstable period of my life as i
didn't have a
secure place of my own to stay. While under the influence of
drugs and alcohol i caused injury to a police woman, which
has led to a court case, which is still to be finalised in
February 2012. At present the judge has said that they will
look at my good record at Shay Louise House in not getting a
I also had a hard childhood and was affected by this. I was
sexually abused as a young girl by a close member of the
family. I suffered through trauma from my mother's emotional
instability through to my teenage years.
All of this has impacted me on the following.
* I was enrolled in University and studying at my first
year, which i could not keep up with because of my drug and
* I had a number of part time jobs during this period which
were negatively impacted because of my lifestyle. I could
not keep the jobs or i was let go.
* During this period of time drugs were all i could think
about. If i had employment i would negotiate drugs around my
* I had one car accident while under the influence of drugs.
* It has affected me very much mentally. I began to hear
voices around June 2010 which increased with drug use. This
has been diagnosed as a drug psychosis. It has now nearly
diminished at this point in time.
* My physical state was impacted by lack of eating and
weight loss due to drugs and abusive relationship.
I arrived in Adelaide in November 2010 to live at my
Grandmothers where i'm still residing. I initially contacted
Wesley United who referred me to Shay Louise House. I have
been at Shay Louise House since January 2011 and graduated
December 2011 and will be continuing until March.
Shay Louise House has helped me to gain more self awareness
and confidence. It has given me strategies to avoid alcohol
and drugs. I have received support and encouragement from
the staff and counsellors. The inner child workshop was
especially important as it helped me look at issues that i
didn't even know were there. Without the support and
knowledge gained from Shay Louise House i would be using
drugs and alcohol. I would still be accepting an abusive
relationship and may be dead or have a thoroughly hardened
drug habit. I appreciate what the counsellors have done for
me at the Shay Louise House and i'm very grateful to be
where i am today.
Currently i have my name down at Adelaide University to
study Nursing for 2012. I'm aware of eating healthily and
taking good care of myself. As previously stated my drug
psychosis is virtually gone. I have problem solving skills
and assertive tools that will help me to not accept
relationships that are bad for me. I feel confident that i
have overcome my addictions. I also feel confident that the
judge will see that i've made changes and improvements in my
life and that this will be taken into account at my court
case in February.
I feel overcome by my achievements. I have the support of
the staff and counsellors to thank for at Shay Louise House.
I look forward to achieving the rest of my goals.
The reason I chose to add this story was
because I really feel it reflects my journey through the
darkness of addiction and into the light of a sober life.
Before finding Shay Louise House, I had been involved with
two other rehabilitation programs and because of the lack of
accurate and detailed information provided, I managed to
convince myself that I could do better, that I knew better
than these programs. The problem with this is that you
donít know about the traps, the stinking thinking, the dry
drunk/drug, the three month hurdles. Trying to quit on
your own without a structured program is like trying to
paddle a boat with one oar, you go around and around and
eventually end up where you started.
On a very miserable day six months ago, I
drove myself to Shay Louise House, and signed myself up for
their DrugBeat Programme; the best decision I have ever
Itís tough nobody will ever tell you
otherwise, but something thatís helped me and I have
witnessed helping others, is information, information which
leads you to understanding whatís happening on all levels;
emotional, mental, and physical. That most vital bit
of information that I was given was that drugs stop you
feeling on an emotional level, and that the first three
months I was going to be feeling emotions that I hadnít felt
for years. This was not easy, when these emotions come
back boy do they come back with a vengeance, but with the
help of the beautiful staff here at Shay Louise House I was
able to understand and be comfortable with these feelings
and not look to avoid and suppress them. I am now six
months clean and I wonít bullshit and tell you how sweet
life is now, but life has improved out of sight and most
importantly I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I never thought I would actually say this but Iím actually
looking forward to my next six months of rehab, and even
better yet, Iím looking forward to living a life of
I have been a drug user for 22 years and
with everything I have done and seen one thing I know is
that no one comes off drugs by replacing them with clinical
drugs, that is only a lie that drug users tell themselves so
they donít have to do a reality check on themselves and
admit that they need to deal with why their on drugs in the
Shay Louise House is the only safe and
down to earth place whoís whole purpose is to help us find
out why we do what we do and also find out who we really
are, so that we in the end really live a life full of
purpose and meaning and understanding of ourselves and
others. Thank God for Shay Louise House.
If anyone out there really wants to come
off drugs, all drugs including alcohol and prescription
drugs, then come to Shay Louise House and I swear that if
you give them 15 months of your life, they will give you the
tools and confidence to live the rest of your life with
absolute freedom to be whoever you really are, itís hard
work but very, very worth it.
To all at Shay Louise House Ann Eric Luke
Georgina Leeanne Andrea Susan & Cris
I thank you for your vision, commitment
belief and integrity. I thank you for being patient and
inspiring teachers and wonderful loving human beings.
I thank you for your honest caring
support and encouragement. I am humbled by the gift you
have allowed me to see in myself and the courage to have a
better life for myself and my family.
With love and my deepest appreciation and
02/10/2007 to 30/04/09
Well done you and well done me, may our
lights shine bright.