Matt grew up in a good family, but his dad had been affected by his own father’s drinking and his mum compensated with enabling behaviour. He developed some bad habits at primary school and felt that he was missing out on material things in life. Matt started early to take money, cigarettes and alcohol from his home to share with other kids at school to gain acceptance. He got the taste for alcohol in his very early teens and loved the effect, that feeling of warmth and acceptance.
Matt’s drinking and drug taking progressed quite quickly and eventually he was unable to keep a job, was shunned by his family and experienced homelessness, just living day by day. He was in and out of detox and rehab facilities, as he didn’t want to quit, just to get healthy enough and learn how to control his drinking. Matt met some members of Alcoholics Anonymous through another group of friends and their willingness to help and his desire to change started his road to recovery in AA.
Matt has been sober for about 4 years now and has also worked in Alcohol and Other Drugs treatment facilities to support people going through what he has experienced. His relationships to family and friends is much better and he is now looking forward to 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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