Addiction does not discriminate—regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, marital status, income, or education. The disease impacts people from all walks of life. The effects can be devastating, leaving in its wake poor physical and mental health, broken relationships, and strained finances. Fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons, many of us know someone impacted by this disease.
Despite the pain and devastation substance misuse / dependence or addiction (alcoholism) can cause, there is also a chance for hope. At Addiction Solutions Victoria, we see lives transformed every day. People do recover. We wanted to share some of those stories with you.
What follows is an inspiring depiction of REAL individuals who found the courage to get help and change their lives. With all of the obstacles to treatment, these individuals ultimately committed to beginning the path to recovery—and that commitment led them to a better life.
Turned my Life Around
6 months ago i was in a desperate position, my partner had moved out and i was drinking massive amounts of alcohol and using cocaine daily.
I was referred to ASV from my Addiction Specialist but never got around to engaging with the program. i wasn't ready.
It took being arrested after a drug fuelled incident and a visit to my local police cells to wake up.
Next day i called Jase from ASV. I felt right from the start of our conversation that he could assist me to turn my life around. Turns out i was right. I began the ASV Rehab at Home program and participated willing for 12 weeks.
The results have been amazing. Cant thank the team at ASV enough,
Pat & Fam
I couldn’t have done it without you
‘Jason has been an integral and extremely helpful part of my own personal recovery from alcohol and drugs. Not only did he oversee the drug and alcohol treatment process I participated in, he was a key support in the development of my aftercare and relapse prevention plan.
I was introduced to Jason through a personal friend when I reached out for help during a difficult time in my life.
Jason helped me to access a Rehab at Home program at a time in my life when i was suffering badly from my addictions to drugs and alcohol. During this time, Jason also organised a financial counsellor to assist me with financial difficulties that were due to my addictions. This relieved a lot of my pressure and stress and gave me the space to recover.
He puts his heart and soul into his own recovery and helping others recover from alcoholism and drug addiction. He is an inspiration.'
Never to Late
I'm an older guy, been drinking for a long time, I realised long ago I had an issue I just never really got around to doing something about it.
My GP told me if i didn't stop drinking i would die. I thought he was joking. Turns out he wasn't. After some serious medical issues and a visit to a hospital, i called ASV. I am now nearly a year sober. First time in over 50 years. My daughters are doing the Family Solutions program which they are finding very helpful. I am enjoying my sobriety and reconnecting with my family.
All the support I needed
‘I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and guidance I received from ASV.
Giving up drugs was only the start of my journey; I needed to work on myself to stay clean.
Jason’s friendly, professional approach delivered in the comfort of my own home, allowed me to feel relaxed and safe enough to speak my mind. He explained, showed and gave me the tools to develop and continue a clean and happy life.
Jason is a friendly down-to-earth guy that has no judgement no matter what is being spoken about which made it really easy to talk to him. He not only helped me get back on track but really helped my family as well.
I could not recommend a better person to someone that is struggling with addition; all he needs is a chance to talk with you and you will see the positive impact that he can have on your life.'
We’re a happy family again
ASV provided our son the tools to turn his life around and was really supportive to us as well.
Our son and our whole family were provided support, encouragement, guidance and an understanding of what was going on. It has been six months now and already we can see a huge difference in our son’s attitude, personality, lifestyle and positivity. We are confident that the recovery routine we developed as a family is sustainable.
Jason's explanation of addiction and addictive personalities made us understand what Jame's is fighting against. He was sincere and dedicated to helping us all. We will be forever in his debt.'
Jame's mum and dad
I grabbed recovery with both hands
'I first met Jason when I was a 24 year-old at a supported accommodation program for youth with alcohol and drug problems. I can recall his humour and ease bringing a light-hearted hopefulness to what was undoubtedly one of the most challenging periods in my life.
Jason is someone who can naturally engage a diverse range of people in all manner of states of wellbeing and distress. Even at this early stage in his career, he always came across as professional and deeply dedicated, both to others and to his own recovery.
Any service would be fortunate to be guided by a person of Jason’s integrity, and his invaluable lived and professional experience.'
From despair to hope
‘Our son has gone from feeling beyond help to being the hopeful, focussed young man we knew he could be.
ASV helped our son find his way. Jason has done that with empathy, subtle ideas and practical words that have resonated in a way that no one had been able to get through before.
Examples of these changes include getting our son out of trackie pants and into smart clothes to begin to become the man he wants to be and doing the right things for his self esteem like helping in the kitchen.
These sound like tiny events but over the years drugs had literally hijacked our son’s motivation and emotional growth. By staying away from drugs and focussing on his recovery, he is relearning these life skills or developing them for the first time.
Jason has been a guardian angel to our family. He is a hardworking, conscientious and caring Mentoring Coach with extensive knowledge, offering advice, support, rehabilitation, aftercare support and guidance to clients who have experienced trauma or hardship.'
I have a new life
‘I looked at Jason's life and what he had become and he made it feel possible that if I put in some work I could get the same outcome, all I had to do was try.
I’ve been clean for four years thanks to Jason. When I started my recovery I was an ice addict who definitely thought no one could possibly know what I was going through, thinking or feeling. Within the first minute I could completely identify with him through his own story of rehabilitation. He opened my eyes to the world of recovery; I learnt some amazing tools and still use them today. His life experience made it easier for me to communicate with him because he knew exactly what I was going through.
With his help, I was able to turn my life around. He is down-to-earth, practices what he preaches and brings out the best in anybody who will give him the chance and give themselves that chance. I now have a kid, with another on the way, own a house, and have a steady job. A lot of that I owe to that first phone call I made and the fact he told me that there was hope and asked if I wanted my life back.'
* Names of all of the above client testimonials have been changed to protect people’s privacy and confidentiality.
"The ASV Rehab at Home program provides evidenced based drug treatment and alcohol rehab options across Melbourne, Victoria. Developed to meet an identified need within the Victorian community, our support programs provide any person, including the families of addicts, with genuine opportunities at positive change (recovery)." - Jase Bowman - ASV CEO - Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Services - Melbourne.