Claude grew up in an immigrant family and always felt a bit of an outsider. His dad didn’t drink excessively but he suffered years of physical violence and subsequently depression because of his father’s rage. Claude sought out alcohol at and early age and started using drugs as well as a teenager. He left school early and did an apprenticeship, but his drug and alcohol use severely impacted his work ethic and his employment prospects.
Claude gravitated towards drugs as he became “punch happy” using alcohol. He tried Narcotics Anonymous in his early 20’s but wasn’t ready to give up drugs yet. Thirty years later, in his early 50’s, a friend encouraged him to return to NA and he finally got clean for over 2 and a half years. Claude relapsed when he thought that he could safely use alcohol and when he sought help Alcoholics Anonymous meetings were recommended. Now five and a half years sober in AA Claude is enjoying the benefits of a clean and sober life, living life on life’s terms again.
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
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