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Drug addiction profoundly affects families.
For those closest to the addict the effects of addiction are especially traumatic. Last year DJ completed our residential addiction treatment program for ice addiction. We asked his parents Carol and Wayne to share their experience of his addiction so that they can help other families suffering from the knock-on effects of addiction.
This is their story. DJ became addicted to ice after years dabbling with recreational drugs. His ice addiction completely debilitated him and stole his life.
DJ is currently 30 years of age and was in the grip of ice addiction for nearly five years. Carol says that DJ experimented with recreational drugs like ecstasy and cocaine at parties.
DJ was working full time and appeared to be managing well. Carol and Wayne remained oblivious to the beginnings of his addictive behaviors. DJ eventually moved onto ice, and like the drug usage before it, DJ believed that he could control his use of it.
However Carol and Wayne became increasingly worried during the first twelve months of his ice use. Scared to confront DJ further, Carol and Wayne began to see further effects of his drug use.
Our son is an addict, what do we do?
By the second year of his ice addiction, DJ had left his job and had moved to crime to fund his habit. His home started to deteriorate. He further isolated himself from family events and the mounting concern of his parents. He had thought that people were out to get him — and chasing him because he had started dealing drugs. I went to visit him one day and he was passed out. Over those months there was plenty of family conflict about how best to handle the situation.
Carol and Wayne were frightened of the consequences of an intervention and feared it would push their son away. While on a business trip to Townsville, Carol and Wayne received an unexpected phone call from a solicitor telling them that DJ was in lock up, charged with ificant criminal offences and a variety of drug related charges.
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Hayden client liaison assisted them with the bail process and getting DJ to consider rehabilitation. However, once he left, excuses began. For the first time in two years, Carol and Wayne were able to relax knowing that DJ was safe in the rehabilitation centre.
He had thought that because he did not inject, that he was not an addict! When DJ came home for his first weekend away out of rehabilitation, Carol and Wayne were terrified. Twelve days after completing the residential program, DJ acknowledged he was struggling outside of the rehab environment and knew he needed to engage in a supportive program.
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To further support and help DJ in his recovery, Carol and Wayne contacted acquaintances who were also in recovery, sharing their stories and support with DJ. Carol and Wayne have learned that rehabilitation is about communication, sharing of feelings and appropriate boundary setting.
Undergoing counselling at the Hader Clinic QLD helped them realise that they were living the addict lifestyle and were being consumed by the drama active addiction brings. Their tips for other parents?
Family Intervention Family Issues. We are proud to be the only private drug and alcohol addiction treatment centre in Queensland to be independantly accredited. The family also had mounting concerns about the psychotic episodes DJ was experiencing. However, it took over six months for Carol and Wayne to actually get DJ into rehab.
Then one day, everything changed.
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