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Eliza is a twenty-eight year old Aboriginal mother of three children, all of whom are in out of home care.  She sees the children twice a week. 349 more words


How dare you call me an addict ? Part I

That thin line between abuse and addiction

In a previous post I gave a brief description of what the word “abuse” means. In this article we take a look at the differences between abuse and addiction. 757 more words


The Week with Chad

Names have been changed.

Abstinence is the first, and often the least difficult step in the journey to recovery from drug and/or substance dependence. Psychosocial rehabilitation focusses on behaviour modification, learning new coping strategies when stress and anxiety are overwhelming as well as coming to terms with having to disassociate from friends still engaged in drug using activities. 669 more words


The Struggle of Single Mums

Linda Stewart

Life as a single mother is tough.  I do not say that as someone who has had to struggle to parent my children alone, but as someone who has seen the struggle of mothers who care for their children.   1,018 more words

Reflective Work Journal

Addicted and Hopeless in Afghanistan

Afghanistan produces 90% of all opiate drugs in the world, but until recently was not a major consumer. Now, out of a population of 35 million, more than a million are addicted to drugs – proportionately the highest figure in the world. 108 more words


Treatment providers should be "all-in" when fighting Addiction

I once had a football coach who always said that if we were going to tiptoe through the tulips, then we better not even bother suiting up. 543 more words


Red Sky at Morning

We are almost to the half way mark of May and we in the southern hemisphere are gazing down the long tunnel of winter. It means opening the door of my home and being greeted by the warmth and friendliness of a cozy fire and shelter from icy issues and cooler temperatures. 377 more words