Steve had a pretty traumatic early school life and was bullied relentlessly till his grandmother came to his aid. He used food as an escape from his unhappiness as a boy and this transitioned to alcohol in his early teens and through University.
Starting work provided the money for a lifestyle of alcohol, drugs and gambling that eventually led Steve to a suicide attempt. After that he went into an alcohol rehab centre and decided to follow the spiritual program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Steve lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in family and society again. He has been sober in AA for 12 years.
If you think that alcohol may be a problem then Alcoholics Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1300 222 222 or see their website aa.org.au
If you’re having trouble with gambling, or have a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au for information and to see a list of local meetings.