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Living Free

English, Political, 1 season, 338 episodes
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The Living Free show is based in Melbourne, Australia (https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree) and broadcast on 3CR community radio, Thursdays at 1pm: 855KHz on the AM dial, 3CR on your digital radio or streaming on https://www.3cr.org.au/streaming. Each week on the LIVING FREE show we showcase one of the recovery programs that assist those suffering directly or indirectly from addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and food. Our guests’ share their recovery story and highlight that shared experience save lives. If you want to leave a message for us call 3CR on +613 9419 8377, send us an email at [email protected] or see our Facebook page fb.me/3crlivingfree. or Twitter feed https://twitter.com/3CRLivingFree.
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3CR Radiothon - Ann, Mitch and Bill on 13JUN2024

Well, it’s been a big year since our last Radiothon, and this time Mitch could also join us to amp up the volume for this year’s show. Thanks to your generous support, by the end of the show, we had managed to raise $2,095 out of our target of $2,500. If you would like to support Living Free and 3CR then go to https://www.3cr.org.au/donate to see how you can donate.Thanks also to our guests on the show over the last 12 months from:Al-Anon Family Groups https://al-anon.org.au/Gamblers Anonymous https://gaaustralia.org.au/get-in-touch/Alcoholics Anonymous https://aa.org.au/Overeaters Anonymous https://www.oa.org.au/Debtors Anonymous https://www.debtorsanonymous.org.au/Galiamble https://ngwala.org.au/recovery-centres/SMART Recovery https://smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au/Our weekly podcasts are also available online or for shows up to the end of 2023: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X7BFvzvQJIO4k2_jB3FxU1YN3zekK4Fh/view?usp=sharingMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (amrap.org.au):Anirban Jee        How To Be You [https://amrap.org.au/track/anirban-jee-how-to-be-you]Ash Morse          Don't Go [https://amrap.org.au/track/ash-morse-family-ties-dont-go-1]
6/13/20240
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A Merry-go-round Named Denial

This week on the Living Free show Ann reads from the Al-Anon pamphlet A Merry-Go-Round Named Denial which outlines unhelpful ways well-meaning people surrounding alcoholics, including those closest to them, fall into unhelpful roles that contribute to the perpetuation of the illness.The pamphlet is available here https://al-anon.org.au/shop/a-merry-go-round-named-denial/If you would like to contact Al-Anon go to https://al-anon.org.au/. Here you will find lots of helpful information, including literature and lists of on-line and face-to-face meetings.You can also call them on 1300 252 666 During the month of June 3CR raises the funds required to keep the radio station on air. Please support the Living Free show by going here https://www.3cr.org.au/  and clicking the Donate button. 
6/6/20240
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Drug and Alcohol News - Mitch and Bill on 30MAY2024

Mitch introduces a roundup of latest news and initiatives relating to Drug and Alcohol issues in Australia and discusses them with Bill.Aus Alcohol Industry is suffering from less consumption than ever.Driving Trials for Medical Marijuana.New data indicates that Australia is projected to generate a staggering $15 billion in online gambling revenue in 2024.The Victorian Statewide Action Plan - a $95 million investment in the health and wellbeing of Victorians that will save lives in the CBD, suburbs and regions – it builds on services available at the existing Medically Supervised Injecting Room.$360 million over four years to expand the range of free mental health services, so that Australians get the right level of care.Show your support for the Living Free show by donating to 3CR’s June 2024 RADIOTHON  https://www.givenow.com.au/cr/3cr-living-free-2024-radiothMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (amrap.org.au):Ben Walker        Railway Train [https://amrap.org.au/release/ben-walker-railway-train]Gusto Gusto       Gorgon [https://amrap.org.au/release/gusto-gusto-gorgon]Mr Alford            Bury Me On This Hill [https://amrap.org.au/track/mr-alford-bury-me-on-this-hill]
5/30/20240
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Yarn SMART (SMART Recovery) - Shaun

Shaun, a Mununjali man living with his family on Yuggara country, found recovery from addiction through SMART Recovery during a recovery retreat several years ago. It was the first recovery program that had spoken to him, showing the way through the problems of substance abuse that he felt he had been looking for. Realising that he was facing the consequences of multiple losses, dispossession and intergenerational trauma as much as personal substance abuse, Shaun is now devoting himself to working with YarnSMART, a program for First Nations people facing the same challenges. YarnSMART honours culture, country, community and the need for connection, while recognising that Aboriginal and Torres Strait wellbeing and healing has many components. https://smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au/courses?eventtemplate=100-yarn-smart-online-first-nations Radiothon is coming! Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate    
5/23/20240
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Substances, Alcohol and Comedy with Rao Morusupalli

Rao Morusupalli is a comedian and part time astrophysics fan. He called in from Sydney to discuss what substance and alcohol use is like in Melbourne's standup comedy scene. 
5/23/20240
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Gambling Harm Recovery Group - Margie on 09MAY2024

Margie shares her story of beginning a poker machine dependency when her child first went to school. It was a relief from the responsibilities of single parenting and allowed her to forget about life’s pressures. Although it didn’t interfere with her work or life, gambling on the pokies meant that instead of having a comfortable life she was always working longer, just scraping by, getting into debt and going without for herself and her family.Her recovery started when she admitted the extent of her gambling to her parents, sought help through a counsellor and found support from other gamblers in Gambler's Help. Stopping gambling wasn’t easy but with the help of others trying to quit made it easier. Margie went on to help establish a successful Gambling Harm Recovery Group in West Heidelberg that has been running for nearly 6 years.Gambling Harm Recovery Group: at Banyule Community Health, 21 Alamein Street, West Heidelberg.  Group meetings are online on Tuesdays at 6:30pm and in-person on Thursdays at 6:30pm.  Contact person for group is Zara - 0419 272 497.Gambler's Help assists Victorians with free and confidential advice for people with gambling problems as well as those close to them who are affected by their gambling.  Online at gamblershelp.com.au or talk to someone about your gambling, call 1800 858 858.Not a Dollar More: a series of podcasts about gambling addiction, harm and recovery: notadollarmore.org.auShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (amrap.org.au):Ash Morse - Night of The Darkest [https://amrap.org.au/release/ash-morse-night-of-the-darkest-1] @18:16Jess Locke - The Place [https://amrap.org.au/track/jess-locke-the-place] @37:18Kim O'Leary - Dust to Diamonds [https://amrap.org.au/release/kim-oleary-dust-to-diamonds] @56:22
5/9/20240
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How Al-Anon Works - Ann and Mitch

In this episode, Ann and Mitch chat about how Al-Anon works as a world wide organisation in which people whose lives have been affected by another's drinking support each other to solve their common problems. 
5/2/20240
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Coping with Drugs and Mental Illness - Christine on 18APR2024

Christine shares her story of dealing with her teenage son turning to recreational drug use, then developing mental illness and how she responded.  Twenty years later she has a better perspective on the impact of this on herself, her son and her family. Dealing with the combination of drug addiction and mental illness had been challenging and learning to cope was just the first step. Christine also realized that her husband’s drinking was a serious problem and she found help and support in Al-Anon Family Groups.If you are family member or friend of someone with a drug problem, you may find the help you need with a SHARC Family Support Group. They provide an opportunity to connect with others who are having similar experiences. The SHARC website has information and group contact details: sharc-family-support-groups If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):Alex D Smith - Crazy Raging Storm [https://amrap.org.au/release/alex-d-smith-crazy-raging-storm] @19:00Welter - Barely Holding On [https://amrap.org.au/release/welter-barely-holding-on-radio-edit-1] @35:27Kim O'Leary - Dust to Diamonds [https://amrap.org.au/release/kim-oleary-dust-to-diamonds] @54:11 
4/18/20240
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Gamblers Anonymous - Angelo on 11APR2024

Angelo shares his story of developing a gambling habit through his family’s interest in betting on horse racing. Sitting with his dad on Saturday afternoons placing bets and listening to the races moved from a social pleasure into a full-blown obsession that led to compulsive gambling from his late teens. Gambling soaked up all of Angelo’s spare cash and meant that although he had a good income, he and his family just got by on the basics. Gambling eventually led Angelo into significant debt, and he realized that there was no way that he could work his way out of it. He was fortunate to initially contact with Gamblers Anonymous, and taking recovery seriously from the start he was able to break his dependence on gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anonShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):Ray Ramon - Move Your Body [https://amrap.org.au/release/ray-ramon-move-your-body] @13:44Madison Daniel - NIRVANA [https://amrap.org.au/release/madison-daniel-nirvana] @34:44Mark Howard    - Scarlette [https://amrap.org.au/release/mark-howard-scarlette] @56:20
4/11/20240
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Natalie

Natalie grow up with an alcoholic father and a religious mother who kept the peace by avoiding conflict with the alcoholic. Feeling overlooked in her family, Natalie looked forward to a life independent of it. When she moved away to study and begin a career, she found that she still had to reckon with her family relationships, finding difficulties with each of her parents at different times, reconciling with her father at one point and separating herself from her mother at another. At a low point in her early thirties, Natalie chanced upon a TV program that mentioned support for families of alcoholics and went to her first Al-Anon meeting.  If you think that Al-Anon or Alateen could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.au
4/4/20240
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Overeaters Anonymous - Amanda

The child of migrant parents who worked long hours, Amanda remembers feeling isolated as a child. She remembers bingeing on food at the age of 8 and has spent many years struggling with compulsive over-eating, using food to calm herself whever she feel restless, irritable, discontented or otherwise uncomfortable. Overeaters Anonymous has shown Amanda that she is not alone and that it is possible  to live at ease, without bingeing.
3/28/20240
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Dan on 21MAR2024

Dan grew up with normal parents but felt uncomfortable in the world. His insecurities and fears led to a nervous breakdown in his early teens. Dan discovered alcohol as a 16 yo and found that it relieved his overwhelming feeling of being different. Alcohol allowed him not to care about what others thought about him and, like many alcoholics, he continued to drink to blackout, even from his first drinking session.Dan didn’t realize that his feelings were the problem, but he knew that alcohol was the solution, and even though he couldn’t control his drinking, he couldn’t contemplate life without alcohol. After 27 years of drinking, including being homeless and through about 40 periods of rehab and detox, Dan found the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Dan’s desire for alcohol quickly diminished and he was able to be himself and live life on life’s terms.If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.You can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@16:20 Hope River Road – Trouble (https://amrap.org.au/track/hope-river-road-trouble)@35:00 No Promises – Some Kind Of Wonderful (https://amrap.org.au/release/no-promises-some-kind-of-wonderful)@56:26 Cassidy-Rae – Fangirl (https://amrap.org.au/release/cassidy-rae-fangirl)
3/21/20240
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Galiamble - Alex and James on 14MAR2024

Alex talks about growing up with a dad who was dealing drugs and spent time in prison. He had a happy childhood but being without his father in his early teens he started drinking and the pain of losing him in his late teens sent him into a dependence on drugs. Alex managed to maintain his job initially but eventually the impact of drug use meant he couldn’t work. He first came to Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre in 2019 but wasn’t serious about giving up the drugs. After a traumatic experience he decided it was time to try Galiamble again and this time it was different, bonding with the other residents and found personal insight through the therapy programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.James shared about the impact Galiamble had in his growth, enabling him to becoming confident and comfortable with himself. Galiamble provides a 16-week, 24-hour residential drug and alcohol healing centre and the recovery program is based on the Twelve Step abstinence model. It embraces a holistic treatment approach that recognises the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Aboriginal people.For more information contact:Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre on 03 9534 1602, email them on [email protected] or go online at ngwala.org.au.Alcoholics Anonymous on 1300 222 222 or check out their website aa.org.au.Narcotics Anonymous on 1300 652 820 at any time, or go online at na.org.auShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@15:20 - Roller Coaster Ride by Dallas Atkins (https://amrap.org.au/release/dallas-atkins-roller-coaster-ride)@30:35 - I Got Mine by Ally Row (https://amrap.org.au/release/ally-row-i-got-mine)
3/14/20240
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Nadine

Nadine grew up with a father who drank and a mother who suffered from depression. Her mother died when Nadine was 13 and after an unsettled few years in the care of an aunt and then a housekeeper, Nadine found herself married at 16 to a drinker. During the marriage she was admitted to a psychiatric hospital where she overheard her husband commenting to the staff that Nadine's behaviour was the reason he drank. Fortunately it was at this time that she was introduced to Al-Anon, which she credits with saving her life. Eventually, Nadine knew that she had to leave her marriage. She met a sober alcoholic and together they recovered in a fulfilling and loving relationship. Nadine has had many trials in the years since but with the support of others and by practising the Al-Anon program she has flourished, finding much to enjoy in life. 
3/7/20240
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'Picky Eater' - Ellie

Ellie has struggled with the texture and taste of certain foods her whole life. This has resulted in social anxiety and guilt over not being able to eat healthy food during school. Since graduating and moving out, Ellie's relationship with food has improved and she explains where she's at now with some perspective. 
2/29/20240
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Anthony

Anthony grew up in an English village, enjoying much freedom as a child. As a young adult he developed a love of travel and, using his training in information technology, found himself teaching computing in a Kenyan school. In Kenya he met his first wife, and together they moved to Australia where they took up farming, while bringing up their two sons. It was when his marriage ended that Anthony began a relationship with an alcoholic and eventually, through his partner's temporary recovery, came into contact with Al-Anon.  
2/22/20240
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Galiamble - James on 15FEB2024

James talks about growing up as an Aboriginal in Western District of Victoria, how alcohol affected his family and how alcohol and drug abuse became part of his life as he dealt with early trauma and PTSD. Sport was a constant during James’ life, providing an opportunity for participation and enduring friendships. Inevitably, his alcohol and drug use led him to have extended periods of imprisonment, which enabled him to experience a quiet time away from alcohol and drugs.  James has used the Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre twice in his recovery, and through them has accessed Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Galiamble provides a 16-week, 24-hour residential drug and alcohol healing centre and the recovery program is based on the Twelve Step abstinence model. It embraces a holistic treatment approach that recognises the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Aboriginal people.For more information contact:Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre on 03 9534 1602, email them on [email protected] or go online at ngwala.org.au.Alcoholics Anonymous on 1300 222 222 or check out their website aa.org.au.Narcotics Anonymous on 1300 652 820 at any time, or go online at na.org.auShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@16:55 - Running for Days by Cars Have Faces (https://amrap.org.au/release/cars-have-faces-running-for-days)@35:18 - Journey of your Life by Hope River Road (https://amrap.org.au/track/hope-river-road-journey-of-your-life)@55:38 - Rare Phenomenon by Rare Phenomenon (https://amrap.org.au/track/rare-phenomenon-rare-phenomenon)
2/15/20240
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jennie on 08FEB2024

Jennie grew up with young parents and had a disadvantaged childhood. Eager to fit in she learnt early to not reveal much of herself and just reflect the values of others. Jennie found moving from the UK to Australia in her early teens quite traumatic and in her late teens left home and went to live with acquaintances in St Kilda. Her reasonably quiet life fairly quickly transformed to smoking dope and then hard drugs. She didn’t like the effects of alcohol and it was never an issue in the early days.Drugs led Jennie into prostitution, theft and eventually prison. She was able to go back to university, graduate and work in a profession but kept being drawn back into drug use and prostitution to pay for her habit. Eventually she stopped using amphetamines and picked up alcohol, which proved to have a much stronger hold on her. After a medical incident at 68 Jennie realized that she would have to give up alcohol to get well and approached Alcoholics Anonymous for help.  It took a few goes before she realized that AA and abstinence was the answer and now at 72 she has been sober for over 4 years.If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@15:05 Jess Locke – Uncomfortably Happy (https://amrap.org.au/track/jess-locke-uncomfortably-happy-uncomfortably-happy) @36:35 Hayden Coonan Music – Bury Me In The Ground (https://amrap.org.au/track/hayden-coonan-music-bury-me-in-the-ground-bury-me-in-the-ground)
2/8/20240
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Mandy

Mandy grew up in a household dominated by an angry father who, from the time Mandy was three years old, was a sober alcoholic. Her mother was passive and the other members of the family fell into roles that made sense to them to manage the situation. Mandy tried to be the 'good girl' who didn't cause any trouble. As an adult Mandy had her first child with a sober alcoholic, then married and bult a family with a man whose drinking soon became a problem. Both Mandy and her husband now practise the 12 Steps and Mandy has, through facing very difficult situations, learned the true meaning of surrender. If you think that Al-Anon or Alateen could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.au
2/1/20240
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Carol and Peter on 18JAN2024

Replay of a show from 16 January 2020 with updated music and announcementsCarol grew up in a family affected by her dad’s drinking and violent behaviour. Feeling like the black sheep of the family she started drinking around 12 years old - alcohol changed her perception of reality and she only wanted to drink if she could get drunk. Alcohol led to considerable problems in Carol’s life causing her to do many things that she later regretted. She was in and out of rehab and detox centres over 18 times before she found the safety of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that changed her life. Nearly 30 years sober now she remembers back to when she couldn’t stay sober for even 30 minutes.Peter also grew up in dysfunction with a dad that drank and physically abused the family, leaving him with low self-esteem, scared and scarred.  He too turned to alcohol around 12 years old and alcohol solved all his problems, squashed all his feelings and made him fearless.  Drinking took its toll on Peter and he first sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous in his early thirties, he lasted six years before leaving. Some 20 years later an AA friend helped him back into the fellowship and he’s now been sober in AA for 15 months.If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.You can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@17:01 Simone Keane - Karri Trees In The Rain https://amrap.org.au/track/simone-keane-graced-by-leaves-karri-trees-in-the-rain@34:40 - Simone Keane - Evelina's Dream https://amrap.org.au/track/simone-keane-evelinas-dream-evelinas-dream@55:10 - Ray Ramon - You've said enough [Feat. Elisha Solomon] https://amrap.org.au/track/ray-ramon-youve-said-enough-youve-said-enough-feat-elisha-solomon
1/18/20240
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Gamblers Anonymous - Andrew on 11JAN2024

Andrew shares his story of developing a gambling habit through pokies in his late teens.  It provides an insight into the progression of his gambling addiction, about the effect of alcohol and how it often accompanied his gambling. Andrew also shares about his initial contact with Gamblers Anonymous and of not taking recovery seriously until it affected his mental health, via an attempted suicide. He’s now back in GA and taking his recovery more seriously.You can hear Andrew’s GA recovery story from September 2021 on the following link:https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202109091300/gamblers-anonymous-andrew-09sep2021If 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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anonShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):Abigail Fierce - I Just Wanna Feel Okay AgainWilliam Pitt - Wings of Wood and WireSimone Keane - Graced by Leaves
1/11/20240
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Galiamble - Damian on 21DEC2023

Damian talks about the Ngwala Willumbong Aboriginal Corporation, that exists to meet the needs of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People, their families, and their communities. Ngwala seeks to drive positive change and healing by focusing on a variety of services such as alcohol and drug treatment and recovery, housing, homelessness, and a range of other support services.Damian works at one of Ngwala’s three recovery centres, Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre located in St Kilda. Galiamble provides a 16-week, 24-hour residential drug and alcohol healing centre and the recovery program is based on the Twelve Step abstinence model. It embraces a holistic treatment approach that recognises the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Aboriginal people.If you would like to find out more about Galiamble Men’s Recovery Centre, then you can call them on 03 9534 1602, email them on [email protected] or go online at ngwala.org.au.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@16:37 - Dancing In The Rain by Tom Fublé.@35:01 - Santa Swapped His Sleigh For A Surfboard - Australian Christmas Carol by Craig Stewart.@16:37 - Get to You by Dilip n the Davs.
12/21/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Robbert on 14DEC2023

Robbert has been off the punt for 18 years thanks to help from Gamblers Anonymous and talks about how he was introduced to gambling in his late teens and early twenties around Sydney’s casinos and nightclubs.  He talks about his first big win and how he ploughed it all back into the pokies, plus more the next day. Robbert’s life deteriorated as he spent his weekly pay-packet on the pokies on payday and existed on loans from colleagues, friends and family till his next payday. After realizing the impact of his secretive gambling on his family he initially went to Gamblers Anonymous but only to keep his family off his back.  Eventually Robbert couldn’t keep up the lies and deception to hide his gambling and returned to GA wanting help to stop gambling.Robbert talks candidly about the need to be ready to stop gambling, about the fact that he will always be a compulsive gambler but how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to better cope with life without gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anonShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):Sarah by Champagne JacketGrit by Stephen McCullochTravelled by Imber
12/14/20230
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Alateen and Al-Anon - Dan

Dan, a member of Al-Anon, grew up in a household in which another person's drinking was out of control. One of his parents was safe and nurturing during the day but in the evenings became a more dangerous presence. This inconsistency resulted in Dan feeling confused about how to trust people and eventually angry and distant from his parents. At 15 he went to Alateen where he found it healing to be in the company of other teenagers who understood his situation, did not judge and spoke authetically about their own experiences. If you think that Al-Anon or Alateen could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.au
12/7/20230
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Policy Reform - Rebecca

Rebecca is studying policy reform online at university. We discuss her perception of drugs and alcohol growing up, how it's effected her today and speculate what the future of drug reform might look like. 
11/30/20230
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Overeaters Anonymous - Lois

Lois grew up in a family that did not talk much about feelings. She did not have the language to understand her feelings until she was diagnosed with depression. Later, with the stresses of parentling, body dysmorphia and widely fluctuating weight, Lois found her way to Overeaters Anonymous. Despite her initial reluctance to accept the spiritual aspects of the Program, Lois was relieved to hear others tell their stories of trying and failing to control their eating. Now, no longer pre-occupied with gaining weight and restrictive dieting, Lois lives a much freer and more joyful life with the help of others and a spiritual concept that makes sense to her.
11/23/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Dan on 16NOV2023

Dan grew up with normal parents but felt uncomfortable in the world. His insecurities and fears led to a nervous breakdown in his early teens, and he was medicated for anxiety from about 13 years old. Dan discovered alcohol at 16 and found that it relieved his overwhelming feeling of being different. Alcohol made his life appear normal and like many alcoholics he continued to drink to blackout, even from his first drinking session.Even though Dan knew alcohol wasn’t the solution, in fact it was making his life worse, he couldn’t contemplate life without alcohol. After 27 years of drinking, including losing his wife, children and his home, being homeless and through about 40 periods of rehab and detox, Dan found the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Dan lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly and was able to participate in society again.If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@17:21 Montana Sharp – Sit Feel Heal (https://amrap.org.au/track/montana-sharp-sit-feel-heal-sit-feel-heal-1) https://amrap.org.au/artist/montana-sharp @32:55 Montana Sharp – Something Wicked (https://amrap.org.au/track/montana-sharp-something-wicked-1) https://amrap.org.au/artist/montana-sharp
11/16/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ryan on 09NOV2023

At the time of this interview Ryan had been off the punt for 85 days. He had friends at school who had gambling accounts, but it wasn’t until he turned 18 that he had his own betting account and started gambling in earnest.  His first big win gave him a real buzz and he realized “how easy was that”. It also stroked his ego and set him up for social gambling with his friends.Ryan started off as an honest kid who really didn’t break rules but that changed when gambling became an issue in his life, and he was searching for a high. Gambling left him with no money and plenty of personal loans and credit card debts.  Ryan’s poor quality of life led him to seek help from his parents and friends when he was in his early 20’s and he was referred to a counsellor, rehab and Gamblers Anonymous. GA has enabled Ryan to break his isolation, understand his addiction and address his real gambling problem.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.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate Music played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@14:52 - Shannon Smith - Dance the Night Away (Do Do Do Do)(https://amrap.org.au/release/shannon-smith-dance-the-night-away) @33:07 – Sunday Lemonade - West Coast(https://amrap.org.au/release/sunday-lemonade-west-coast)
11/9/20230
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Teresa

The youngest of five children, Teresa's spent her childhood moving several times between England and Australia. She found it difficult to make friends and did not enjoy school. Because of this, in an effort to protect her, Teresa's mother allowed her to stay home from school whenever she wanted to. Teresa felt that she was overprotected in other ways during her childhood and younger adulthood, not only by her parents, both of whom partied and drank, but by her older siblings. During her marriage, suffering from depression and anxiety, Teresa finally found her way to Al-Anon, where the kindness and support of other members set her on the path to a more enjoyable life both at work and within her family.
11/2/20230
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Overeaters Anonymous - Tami

Tami identifies as a binge eater and was greatly relieved to find, at her first Overeaters Anonymous meeting, that she was not the only one. Coming out of isolation into the company of friendly people who had faced the problems that she thought were unique to her, was the first step on Tami's recovery from her disordered thinking about food and life. She tells the story of how each of the 12 Steps of recovery gave her a completely new understanding of herself along with freedom from the obsession with food and the compulsion to overeat. Overeaters Anonymous. If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then OA could help you. Go to  oa.org.au/meetings. You can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
10/26/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Carol on 19OCT2023

Carol grew up with an alcoholic father and became an alcoholic herself. She describes starting drinking at 12 years old with her father, escaping the alcoholic home in her mid-teens and how alcohol became part of her social fabric. Carol went on to marry an alcoholic and when they separated her drinking took her and her young daughter on an alcohol fuelled journey to despair. After hospitalizations, car accidents and trouble with the law Carol sought help through rehab and found the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Carol lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in society again.If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyCarol's previous podcast is also available at: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202012171300/alcoholics-anonymous-carol You can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@17:30 Jade MacRae – Out of Sight (https://amrap.org.au/track/jade-macrae-out-of-sight) http://www.jademacraemusic.com/ @33:26 – Ben Walker – Just not Country Enough (with Aimee Hannan) (https://amrap.org.au/track/ben-walker-just-not-country-enough) https://amrap.org.au/artist/ben-walker-1
10/19/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Gerard on 12OCT2023

Gerard started underage betting on horseracing as a 14-year-old and as his gambling passion increased his school performance suffered. Form-guide betting on the horses with friends as a 17-year-old was a weekly event and he used part-time jobs to cover his losses.  It wasn’t until a traffic accident as a 19-year-old that Gerard started isolating and using gambling a s a means to forget.  Lying came easily to him as he hid his gambling addiction from work, family and friends and even did a geographical to try and stop gambling. Gerard was married for 10 years before his partner discovered the true extent of his gambling and even then, he couldn’t stop.  His brother got him to a Gamblers Anonymous meeting about 6 months ago and Gerrard feels at home and was able to share his feelings of regret, shame, and despair at his inability to stop thinking about gambling.GA has enabled Gerard to break his isolation, understand his addiction and address his real gambling problem.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.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate Music played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@14:10 - Rustyn – Darkness [Feat. Undy](https://amrap.org.au/track/rustyn-darkness-darkness-feat-undy) @33:35 – John Oakes – Sunset Over Rawnsley Park(https://amrap.org.au/release/john-oakes-sunset-over-rawnsley-park)@54:50 – Alex D Smith - Moorundie River(https://amrap.org.au/release/alex-d-smith-moorundie-river)
10/12/20230
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Andrea

Andrea was born in the early 1960's in a traditional family with an authoritarian father who believed that sons should have preferential treatment over daughters. Both her parents were addicted to alcohol and she learned not to talk too much to avoid her parents' anger. When Andrea left the family home she fell in love with a man who did not drink but who used drugs. She did not realise that this would be a problem but found that she was relying more and more on the people-pleasing behaviours that she had used to cope in her family of origin. Eventually, Andrea found Al-Anon, where she learned that to have a manageable life she had to stop trying to control others. She is now happily married to a loving husband. If you think that Al-Anon could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.au #Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
10/5/20230
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Practising the 12 Steps of Recovery (Steps 6-12) - Richard

This is the second of two discussions with Richard about the practice of the 12 Steps. Richard is a member of AA, Al-Anon and, more recently, Nicotine Anonymous. In this episode we discuss Steps 6-12. Discussion of the first 5 Steps can be found in the episode on 7 September 23. If you think that Al-Anon could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.auIf you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au. #Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
9/28/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Rod on 21SEP2023

Rod talks about the effects of alcoholism on his life and the benefits of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.  He was labelled a “good kid” which he didn’t like and found that alcohol gave him the freedom to muck up a bit on weekends. Rod started underage drinking in high school and was able to appear normal most of the time, but no-one saw his drinking in private.Rod married young and as his drinking progressed, he wasn’t present for his family and would isolate in his shed and drink.  His drinking affected his work and eventually, due to the progressive nature of alcoholism, also his health. Rod’s wife was concerned about his drinking and found Al-Anon Family Groups to help her cope with the effects of his drinking. About 8 years later Rod had a medical emergency that landed him in hospital for 3 weeks and that was his avenue into Alcoholics Anonymous.Rod could no longer deny the impact alcoholism had on his life, grabbed onto AA with both hands and kept coming back. Rod also joined Al-Anon to help him cope with his son’s addiction problems. If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@15:25 Alicia Salreno – The Big Evil (https://amrap.org.au/track/alicia-salerno-the-big-evil-the-big-evil) https://www.instagram.com/aliciasalerno_official/  @32:01 – Rustyn - Murder in the Dark (with Alicia Salerno) (https://amrap.org.au/release/rustyn-murder-in-the-dark-with-alicia-salerno) http://instagram.com/rustyn_music
9/21/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Michael on 10AUG2023

Michael shares his gambling journey and how his pokies addiction eventually meant that he would gamble even though he knew he would get found out. He had to get help to save his marriage and Michael found Gamblers Anonymous and that enabled him to break the isolation, understand his addiction and address his real gambling problems.Michael also shares on what works for him in recovery: 12 Steps, sponsorship and Service.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.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateCatch up with Michael’s earlier podcasts:https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-201904111300/gamblers-anonymous-michaelhttps://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202007091300/gamblers-anonymous-michaelhttps://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202104081300/gamblers-anonymous-michaelMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@15:16 Segana – Fever dreams (https://amrap.org.au/track/segana-fever-dreams-fever-dreams)  https://www.seganamusic.com/ @40:20 – MIK’s Reaction – Magical navigation (https://amrap.org.au/track/miks-reaction-magical-navigation)   https://kingmik2.wixsite.com/website  
9/14/20230
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Practising the 12 Steps of Recovery - Richard

Richard is returning to Living Free to discuss in detail the practice of the 12 Steps that are the foundation of many recovery programs. The 12 Steps were conceived by founding members of AA, Bill W and Dr Bob, in the USA in 1935 as a spiritually-based (but non-religious) pathway out of alcoholism. In this episode, Richard and Ann discuss how they practise the first 5 of the 12 Steps. If you think that Al-Anon could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.auIf you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.  
9/7/20230
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Sober Bartender and Musician - Ben on 31AUG2023

Ben talks about the impact sobriety had on his career as a bar manager and as a musician. Sobriety can be difficult to commit to at any stage in life, but can be even more difficult going into your early twenties due to social stigma and other factors. Ben had people in his extended family who experiemented with drug use, and started experimenting with drugs and alcohol in his early teens. Following some negative experiences with alcohol which led to an ankle break on a drunk night out a few years later, Ben knew that something had to change.  After committing to a sober lifestyle, Ben's musicianship and quality of life improved, and so did his experiences working hospitality. There is also discussion of the impact of sobriety on dating and productivity. #Recovery #Alcoholism #LivingFree #compulsionYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR 3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR 3cr.org.au/donateMusic on the show today belongs to Ben's band Koko. New single Koko - Overdue @ 15:40https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ay1soDxpNV4&ab_channel=Koko-TopicKoko - Stranger @ 35:10https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJp5LFrJCEw&ab_channel=Koko-Topic 
8/31/20230
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Debtors Anonymous - Stuart on 24AUG2023

Stuart talks about the effects of alcoholism on his life and the benefits of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.  His dad left the family early and his family was poor, so he felt these effects during his early schooling. Stuart formed friendships with kids in similar positions and started drinking around 16 years old and using marijuana when he was about 18.  Money was an ongoing problem though, even when he had a successful business as his alcoholism progressed.  Stuart found help with his alcoholism through Alcoholics Anonymous and his life improved, but his money management was still a out of control. A friend recommended Debtors Anonymous and Stuart found at last he understood why money couldn’t stick to his fingers.Unsurprisingly, over 20 years sobriety, Stuart’s life, work, and relationships improved.If you would like to find out more about Debtors Anonymous, then you can go online at debtorsanonymous.org.au for more information on recovery from compulsive unsecured debt.#Recovery #Alcoholism #debtors #LivingFree #compulsionYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR 3cr.org.au/subscribe and/or donating to 3CR 3cr.org.au/donate Music on the show today:@15:00 – Les Thomas’ (lesthomasmusic.com) new record The Circus (Has Moved On) - What's left when the spectacle of life, the metaphorical circus, moves on? In The Circus, Les Thomas extends that metaphor with rich poetic imagery. amrap.org.au/track/les-thomas-the-circus-has-moved-on @38:20 - Kile Tayla’s (linktr.ee/kiletayla) recent release Ye Ye Ye - An indie, electric track inspired by Julian Assange, whilst encompassing rock vibes reminiscent of UK Folk musician Jake Bugg amrap.org.au/release/kile-tayla-ye-ye-ye
8/24/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - John on 17AUG2023

John talks about the effects of alcoholism on his life and the benefits of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.  His dad was an alcoholic who eventually found AA and although John avoided alcohol in his early teens, he could not resist it after graduating from secondary school. John frequently drank to blackout but didn’t think that his own drinking was that severe. He attended AA once with his dad in his late teens but decided that that AA was not for him.It wasn’t till into his early thirties that things really deteriorated and one morning his flatmate made John aware of his violent reactions when he had been drinking and in a blackout the night before.  John was petrified of going to AA but decided to take responsibility for his behaviour and found other people grappling with and overcoming the same problem he had with alcoholism.Unsurprisingly, over 30 years sobriety, John’s life, work, and relationships improved, he got married and his 20-year-old child hasn’t seen him drink.If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
8/17/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Todd on 10AUG2023

Todd had his first (winning) bet at 9 years old and it felt so euphoric that he can still remember all the details of the greyhound race vividly. Once he started working around 17 years old, he was hooked, became a payday gambler and his life quickly went out of control. Todd tried all other forms of gambling, but the TAB was the most convenient and anonymous.  He came into Gamblers Anonymous when he was 19 but could only stop gambling for short periods returning reluctantly for help. Todd came back to GA in earnest 20 years ago, when he was sick and tired of being sick and tired. He no longer has the urge to gamble and can live a normal life.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.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, via Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):@17:01 Kim O’Leary- I came Back (https://amrap.org.au/release/kim-oleary-i-came-back)  http://www.kimoleary.com/ @37:50 Cassidy-Rae- One more song (https://amrap.org.au/release/cassidy-rae-one-more-song)   https://www.cassidy-rae.com/ @57:10 The Acoustimen – Monday Morning Blues, (https://amrap.org.au/release/the-acoustimen-monday-morning-blues)   http://www.theacoustimen.com/
8/10/20230
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August is Alateen Awareness Month - Tami and Barry

Alateen is a fellowship of young people whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. The month of August is Alateen Awareness month and Mitch and I are joined in the studio by Tami and Barry. Tami is the Alateen Co-ordinator for the Victorian Southern Area of Al-Anon and Barry has lived experience growing up in a family where alcohol was abused. Both Barry and Tami are Alateen sponsors. Alateen is part of the world-wide fellowship of Al-Anon.  For more information, go to al-anon.org.au or phone 1300 252 666  
8/3/20230
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Overeaters Anonymous - Rhi

Rhi grew up with her mother and two brothers in Melbourne. Her grandparents, who came to Australia post-war, cooked beautifully and valued food highly. But there was dysfunction in the family. In childhood, Rhi was teased by her siblings about her weight and when, at age 10, a significant adult indicated that her body size was a problem she began to run to try to change it. So began a two-decade long struggle with food that impacted on all aspects of Rhi's life, taking up mental energy that could have been used for healthier projects. Eventually Rhi found OA, and was relieved of the pressure and shame she had been carrying. This was the beginning of her recovery into a more balanced, freer, and more satisfying life with the supoort of others who understand.
7/27/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Greig on 20JUL2023

Greig is back on the show again to talk more about the effects of alcoholism on his life and the benefits of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous.  He grew up underage drinking and although his dad was an alcoholic, recovering in AA, Greig didn’t think that his own drinking was that severe.It wasn’t till into his early thirties that he realized that most of his friends had settled down and were taking life more seriously that he reflected on the impact his daily drinking was having on his relationships and work life. The final straw was his violent reaction when his marriage ended, he finally went to AA thinking that this would be the start of a very miserable existence without alcohol.Unsurprisingly, Greig’s life improved, he reconnected with his dad, his work and relationships improved, and his two kids haven’t seen him drink.Catch his earlier podcast here: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-201910171300/alcoholics-anonymous-%E2%80%93-greig-and-russell If you would like to find out a bit more about alcoholism for yourself or a friend, then you can give Alcoholics Anonymous a call on 1300 222 222 or check out their website www.aa.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyYou can show your support to the Living Free show and keep us on air by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
7/20/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Marcus

Marcus grew up in a household where alcohol was abused, suffered from social and emotional challenges at school, and began to drink and use drugs in his teenage years. It was only when Marcus visited a pokies venue for the first time that he experienced the sense of peace and enjoyment that he had always sought. He loved the experience so much that he made his way back to the venue the  next morning, quickly becoming hooked. During rehabilitation from drug and alchohol abuse, Marcus found himself leaving the facility in order to gamble. Seeing what a problem gambling had become, he joined Gambler's Anonymous and is now in recovery, giving service to others still struggling with their addiction.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or have a friend or family member that does, then 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.Please show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
7/13/20230
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Harm Minimisation - Grace

Grace grew up in a large Victorian town where drug and alcohol use and abuse were common but she experienced little of this either at home or among her school friends. When she first began to drink in her late teens, Grace's parents purchased small amounts of alcohol for her to take to parties and ensured that she came home safely at night. It was when she came to Melbourne to study that Grace's world opened up to a much greater number of clubs and other venues, and to a wider variety of substances. After some experience, Grace learned about her safe limits and came to understand the importance of keeping communication open with trusted friends who would have her best interests at heart when it came to managing alcohol and other substances.
6/29/20230
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Recovery from Food Addiction - Vanessa

Vanessa grew up in Germany in a family still affected by the trauma of WW2. Vanessa suffered some anxiety throughout her childhood and teenage years. When she went to live in the US as an exchange student, she felt abandoned and uncertain. Vanessa had always had a problematic relationship with food, eating too much even as a young child, and by her teenage years she was in a cycle of binging, dieting and guilt. Eventually Vanessa recognised that her life was unmanageable through her failed attempts to control her eating, and she pursued recovery through a variety of means including self-help groups such as Food Addicts Anonymous and Overeaters Anonymous. Vanessa now offers coaching, counselling and psychotherapy for food addiction.Vanessa's website is:https://www.vanessakredler.com/If you are having difficulty with compulsive overeating you might like to contact Overeaters Anonymous. You can find them at oa.org.au. All meetings welcome newcomers and the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively.There are meetings listed on the website at oa.org.au/meetings - these may be face-to-face, online or hybrid meetings. Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/29/20230
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Living Free RADIOTHON – Ann and Bill on 15JUN2023

Ann and Bill highlight the importance of 3CR and the Living Free show to get the recovery fellowship’s message of hope out to the community.We also raised funds to keep 3CR on air for another year and mention the generous donations from the listening public. We had very generous donations and by the end of the show we had raised $1,800, just short of our target of $2,000.  Many thanks to all our donors for their continued support for the Living Free show.#Recovery #Anonymous #LivingFree Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating 3CR Radiothon via https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/15/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Adrian on 08JUN2023

Adrian is just over 30 years old and has been in Gamblers Anonymous for four and a half years. He discusses how his gambling progressed from sports betting with the help of older kids at 13 years old, underage horse punting at TABs with school friends to becoming a serious problem in his life before he turned 18. It affected Adrian’s school and personal life and mixing betting and drinking soon made his situation much worse.  He found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous after debt collectors contacted his parents and exposed his gambling addiction. He has now built a contented life without needing to gamble. GA helped Adrian to understand and overcome his addiction to gambling through the 12 Steps of recovery and he is keen to share his experience with other young problem gamblers.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.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateor donating to the Living Free Radiothon https://www.givenow.com.au/cr/3cr-living-free-2023-radiothonMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists, first two via Australian Music Radio Airplay project (https://amrap.org.au/):@16:28 Ravie Varmaan- Blame It On The Rain (https://amrap.org.au/release/ravie-blame-it-on-the-rain) Email: [email protected]@35:23 Kaiyah Mercedes- Hide With Me (https://amrap.org.au/track/kaiyah-mercedes-hide-with-me-hide-with-me)  Email: [email protected]@56:02 Mikhail Laxton- Dying To Let You Go’, (https://laughingoutlaw.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e273bcb325d58f92037b1ab0c&id=dfc9e7ead1&e=7cb0264082)  EMAIL [email protected]
6/8/20230
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Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families - Mark

Mark grew up in a well to do family in Perth, Western Australia, at a time when the city was undergoing change. There was the mining boom, the cults that had grown out of the counter-culture, and the AIDS epidemic. Sensitive to the inequality and injustice he saw around him, Mark was attracted to the work of caring and community building and during the AIDS crisis he found himself supporting men who were dying. He left for the Eastern states, partly to avoid reminders of this time. From a young age Mark had been affected by his mother's mental illness which had made her behaviour unpredictable and contributed to his father's retreat from emotional engagement. An intimate partner recommended that he attend a meeting of ACA and here he has made sense of his experiences. Mark has recently returned to an art practice that he had lost in the process of 'detouring around himself'. If you would like to find out more about ACA, you can visit their website at adultchildren.org.au Show your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/1/20230
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Overeaters Anonymous - Tami with Ann and Mitch

Tami has always had a problematic relationship with food, never knowing what 'normal' eating was. Despite accumulating a comprehensive knowledge of food, nutrition and dieting she was unable to contol her compulsion to binge. Diets and attempts to eat in a controlled way did not work. It was only when she went to her first meeting of Overeaters Anonymous that Tami realised that many people had exactly the same problem and that it was possible to overcome it with support from others, avoiding trigger foods and practising the 12 Steps of recovery. Tami is no longer pre-occupied with her weight, leaving her the energy to build a fulfilling life for herself, based on self-knowledge and service to others.  If you are having difficulty with compulsive overeating you might like to contact Overeaters Anonymous. You can find them at oa.org.au. All meetings welcome newcomers and the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively.There are meetings listed on the website at oa.org.au/meetings - these may be face-to-face, online or hybrid meetings. Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/25/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Janelle on 18MAY2023

Janelle’s dad died when she was six years old, and she grew up in a single parent family in New Zealand.  With her mum out working Janelle and her older sister were free to do what they wanted after school. A self-confessed naughty kid, Janelle soon found her group and was shoplifting, wagging school and drinking alcohol as a 13-year-old.When she left school Janelle worked in pubs and clubs where alcohol and drugs were freely available. Blackouts became common and as her young kids grew up, she tried unsuccessfully to give up the booze. With the support of her husband Janelle went into a 10-day rehab, became aware of Alcoholics Anonymous and found a stable recovery program during the Covid era.Through AA Janelle has been able to get her life back to “normal” and has been sober in AA for over two years now.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 www.aa.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/18/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Bree on 11MAY2023

Bree discusses how her gambling progressed from social use of poker machines to becoming a serious problem in her life in her early twenties.  She recently found recovery from her extreme gambling harm from poker machines in Gamblers Anonymous and has since sought to highlight the inequities in the gambling industry that promote problem gambling as an individual issue rather than a societal problem. Bree has also engaged with media to tell her story to try and protect other people from gambling harm and to advocate for gambling reform through Alliance for Gambling Reform and 3-Sides of the CoinIf 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.Details about gambling reform advocacy group Alliance for Gambling Reform can be found at https://www.agr.org.au/Details about 3-Sides of the coin Project can be found at https://threesidesofthecoin.org.au/An earlier interview with 3-Sides of the coin is here: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-201908291300/three-sides-coin-anna-bardsley-and-judy-avisarShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/11/20230
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The Medically Supervised Injecting Room, North Richmond - Dr Nico Clark

The Medically Supervised Injecting Room in North Richmond is a space where people who inject drugs can do so under medical supervision. This means that they can inject their drug without judgment and with access to health care and social support. The facility was opened in 2018 as a two-year trial and has been operating since then. On 7 March 2023, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that legislation would be introduced to the Victorian Parliament to make the facility permanent.In this epidode of Living Free, Ann chats with Dr Nico Clark, the medical director of the Medically Supervised Injecting Room about the services it provides to its clients and the importance of a non-judgemental, stigma-free environment to the well-being of those dependent on injectible drugs. Dr Clark is also the Head of the Addiction Medicine Service at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. 
5/4/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jasmin on 27APR2023

Jasmin grew up in a very dysfunctional family, with a very young mum and an addict father. Her mum left after extreme family violence, leaving 4 year old Jasmin and her younger brother with her abusive drug addict dad. She was finally reunited with her mum a few years later but suffered ongoing deprivation and abuse into her mid-teens. Around 13 years old Jasmin was being bullied at school and also trying to care for her brother and mother, who was suffering mental health issues. She found that alcohol provided a temporary release but with low self-esteem she continued to drink heavily through her teens, and slipped into drug abuse as she got older.She finally reached out for help from a friend and was able to get into a found rehab and through that found Alcoholics Anonymous. Through AA Jasmin has been able to get her life back to “normal” and has been sober in AA for just over five years now.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.Jasmin’s 2019 interview podcast link: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-201908151300/alcoholics-anonymous-jasmin#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/27/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Jack on 20APR2023

Jack discusses how his gambling progressed from scratchies as a birthday present from his Gran, underage punting at country races with a school friend to becoming a serious problem in his life before he turned 18. It affected his school and personal life and he moved on to sports betting and drinking when he left school.  He found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous a few years ago after going to rehab when he had a personal crisis. He has now built a contented life without needing to gamble. GA helped Jack to understand and overcome his addiction to gambling through the 12 Steps of recovery and he is keen to share his experience with other young problem gamblers.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.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic played in this episode was provided by the artists via Australian Music Radio Airplay project (https://amrap.org.au/):@15:45 Kate Leahy - Carry You (https://amrap.org.au/track/kate-leahy-carry-you)@34:45 Blair Djuna - Don't Tell Me (https://amrap.org.au/track/blair-djuna-dont-tell-me)@55:28 Anirban Jee - You On My Side (https://amrap.org.au/track/anirban-jee-you-on-my-side-2)
4/20/20230
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Harm Minimisation - Mitch on 13APR2023

Mitch had a happy childhood but sought out alcohol early in his teens to help him fit in and then used marijuana to limit his binge drinking. Mitch noticed his character change and sought professional help to straighten out his life and relationships. Through his interest in alcoholism, drug addiction and recovery he sought out the Dopey podcast (https://dopeypodcast.com/) and the Soft White Underbelly YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/SoftWhiteUnderbelly/videos). Mitch is interested in journalism and helping with Harm Minimisation in drugs and alcohol.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 would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous then you can phone them on 1300 652 820 or go online at na.org.au#Recovery #Addiction #Anonymous #LivingFree #CleanShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/13/20230
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Adult Children of Alcoholics - Janina and Heather

Janina and Heather grew in families affected not only by alcoholism but by the trauma of war. When they joined Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families they heard the stories of others with diverse experiences of trauma and began to make sense of some of the long-lasting detrimental effects of their own experiences. In this discussion Janina and Heather discuss the traits common among members of ACA such as feelings of isolation, an over-developed sense of responsibility and loss of identity. Then they share how moving out of isolation led them to a richer and more balanced life.If you would like to find out more about ACA, you can visit their website at adultchildren.org.au
4/6/20230
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Dardi Munwurro - Dale on 30MAR2023

Dale had a happy childhood, but his ADHD meant that he had trouble relating to others and couldn’t concentrate at school. He sought out marijuana early in his teens to help him cope with life and at 19 years old found himself in detox and attended Narcotics Anonymous for the first time. Dale wasn’t ready for NA and he couldn’t relate to the stories he heard about harder drugs and IV use – but that was where he could end up. Alternating between alcohol and other drugs Dale still managed to hold a job, get married and start a family but couldn’t find a happy place. His drug use saw him commit crimes and go to prison, and this led to his reconnection to his Aboriginal culture and the start of a more meaningful life.Dale started recovery trough the Galiamble Men’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centre and was reintroduced to NA and he was able to face his shame and fear and begin his recovery journey. Dale has since studied, worked at Galiamble and now at Dardi Munwurro passing on his knowledge and experience to indigenous men who have problems with alcohol and other drug affecting their behaviour.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 would like to find out more about Dardi Munwurro then you can phone them on 1800 435 799 or go online at dardimunwurro.com.auIf you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous then you can phone them on 1300 652 820 or go online at na.org.au#Recovery #Addiction #Anonymous #LivingFree #CleanShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
3/30/20230
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Damitra

Damitra was born in Sri Lanka and came to Australia with her family at the age of 2. One of 13 children, Damitra often retreated into a world of her own thoughts. It was 1968 and the community into which the family moved was racist. This impacted Damitra's experience at school, where she was conscious of her difference to the other students. Although Damitra's father was a drinker, she did not feel particularly affected by this as a child, but the cumulative effects of her difficulties growing up resulted in unhealthy choices and depression as a young adult. Damitra has been a member of Al-Anon for 12 years and with her husband, also a member of Al-Anon, is bringing up her children with the Al-Anon principles as part of her family life. If you think that Al-Anon could help you cope with someone else’s problem drinking then you can phone 1300 252 666 or go to their website al-anon.org.au
3/23/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Laura on 16MAR2023

Laura had a happy childhood but became angry, belligerent and attention seeking as she grew older.  She started smoking and drinking in her early teens and engaged in plenty of risky behaviour. Laura’s drinking progressed slowly but her alcoholism started to take off in her early 20’s and took over her life from her mid 20’s. She married and had 3 kids, managed to stay sober whilst pregnant but needed help managing her family life.  In her mid-30’s Laura sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous and learnt about the physical and mental aspects of alcoholism. She discusses how meetings have helped her to recover and live comfortably sober.  Laura talks about rebuilding trust with her family and friends, and helping other alcoholics trying to recover from alcoholism in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.If you think that alcohol may be a problem, then Alcoholics Anonymous couldhelp you. Give them a call on 1300 222 222 or see their website aa.org.au.Laura’s recovery podcast link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/thats-not-in-the-book/id1549659122#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
3/16/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Yaakov on 09MAR2023

Yaakov discusses how his gambling progressed from playing the pokies underage at a local pub to becoming a serious problem in his life before he turned 18. It affected his school, work, family and personal life.  He found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and after many years and a few busts has now built a contented life without needing to gamble. GA helped Yaakov to understand and overcome his addiction to gambling through the 12 Steps of recovery.  He also found that the 12 Step program was not contrary to the underlying principles of his religion.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.A podcast of an earlier interview with Yaakov was broadcast on 30th July 2020: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202007301300/gamblers-anonymous-yaakovYaakov’s YouTube channel - My life as an orthodox Jewish compulsive addict in recovery link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDMGQ3YpxnNEWyzv3rqFNYbq6eF4cxT9k#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
3/9/20230
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Poonam (New Delhi)

Poonam spent her childhood in a village in India, enjoying a happy family life and success at school. With little knowledge of alcoholism, she was unprepared for life with the man she married, and she experienced much uncertainty and despair as she tried to cope with her husband's drinking. Eventually, on the recommendation of a colleague, Poonam found her way to Al-Anon. There she learned how to take care of herself, and soon began to live independently of her husband, pursuing her own goals. Now she lives a life that she describes as 'happy, joyous and free', dedicating much of her time to helping others.
3/2/20230
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Overeaters Anonymous - Janine

Janine grew up in a family where sharing good food was an expression of bonding and love, but when she began to experience issues with her sense of identity and belonging at school, she became concerned about her weight. She began dieting but found that after each diet she gained more weight. The pattern continued until Janine's weight gain was beyond her control and so was her preoccupation with food. Now a member of Overeaters Anonymous, Janine has accepted that she is powerless over food and that her life had become unmanageable. With the help of group meetings and regular contact with other OA members, she has experienced not only physical, spiritual and emotional healing but freedom from compulsive eating. If you are having difficulty with compulsive overeating you might like to contact Overeaters Anonymous. You can find them at oa.org.au. All meetings welcome newcomers and the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively.There are meetings listed on the website at oa.org.au/meetings - these may be face-to-face, online or hybrid meetings. Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
2/23/20230
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Living Free - Alcoholics Anonymous - Glenn

Glenn's journey of recovery from alcholism is one of set backs and triumphs. Diagnosed with anxiety from an early age, Glenn has suffered from perfectionism, avoidance, procrastination and isolation as he spend his early days trying self soothe from a turbulant home life. From the outside growing up, he had all the material things a kid good need but all he ever wanted was his friends happy home lives. In secondary school, Glenn found his passion in sports, and got into high level rowing and rugby. This allowed him to feel a purpose, getting recognition and validation from external parties which helped him continue to escape from his home life. Glenn remembers his first "drunk", drinking sherry and hated it after being so sick from it. From then forced himself to drink beer to feel socially accepted by his  from the rugby club because that’s what he thought he had to do to fit in.Throughout his mid twenties until this forties, Glenn's drinking started to get problematic but his denial of the problem kept him from seeking help. He got married, had kids, built a house and was running the family business but internally he was in turmoil. Glenn hid behind the material things that he was checking off like society had told him to.  Glenn's turning point to get help was when things started to fall apart with his homelife, wife and children. He reached out to his eldest brother who is 25yrs sober and he directed him to the AA hotline where Glenn called and then got to his first meeting. Glenn’s journey of recovery took him in and out of rehabs, treatment from psychiatrists, hypnotherapist’s, everything to help him stop. He found this did help, but now in the middle of AA and working the steps, Glenn is living a life where his relationship with his children has never been better and he happily lives without alcohol or the obsession to drink anymore using the tools of the Alcoholics Anonymous program. 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#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #Sobriety Show your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
2/16/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Barry on 09FEB2023

Barry shares an insight into his early gambling on horse racing as a teenager then progressing on to a poker machine addiction and his ongoing recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. Now over 18 years without gambling he shares how his live is so much more relaxed now that he doesn’t have a second, hidden life.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
2/9/20230
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AA and Al-Anon - Tom

Tom was a happy child with loving parents, brought up in home where there was no drinking, but his maternal grandmother had died an alcoholic. As a young man Tom was quite shy and sometimes felt separate from others, but when he had his first drink of alcohol he found an ease and confidence that he had not had before. This led to daily drinking, difficult relationships and eventually what Tom describes as 'spiritual sickness'. After a couple of experiences with rehab Tom became ready to live a life free of alcohol with the help of AA. Coming from a family affected by intergenerational trauma and being close to someone also recovering from alcoholism, Tom finds it an important part of his recovery to also attend Al-Anon meetings. 
2/2/20230
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Fleur

Fleur’s story of recovery reflects the true meaning of the saying in the rooms of AA “Keep coming back”. Fleur never felt comfortable in her own skin growing up. She reflects on the different toxic behaviours she used as a child before picking up a drink to make her feel safe, like obsessive compulsion, food and self-harm.  Coming from a small country town and being the youngest of five girls (including a twin), she got in trouble a lot in at school and quickly turned to drinking in her early teens to try and ease her fear and anxiety. When Fleur picked up her first drink she thought she had found her solution for life. Years passed and after “getting” all the material things society told her she needed (marriage, home, great job) she found her drinking and substance use had escalated and she had become a daily top up drunk. This started her journey in and out of short and long term detoxes and rehabs, along with the rooms and program of Alcoholics Anonymous.  In 2022, Fleur had her turning point and is currently over 9 months sober and living a peaceful, happier life using the tools of the Alcoholics Anonymous program.  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 #Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #Sobriety Show your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
1/19/20230
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Gamblers Anonymous - Alison on 12JAN2023

Alison comes on the show for a second time and shares an insight into her poker machine addiction and her recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. Now over four years without gambling she shares her experience and how her attraction to excitement led her seek out pokies and develop an obsession with gambling.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAAlison’s earlier show podcast link: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-201902141300/gamblers-anonymous-alison-and-ianShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
1/12/20230
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North Richmond Medically Supervised Injection Centre (Repeat)

The Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions Incorporated (RVSDS) is a group of Yarra residents who successfully advocated for a Medically Supervised Injection Centre (MSIC) to be trialled within the Victoria Street, Richmond precinct to address the high levels of public drug taking, unacceptable rates of overdoses and fatalities, and the associated drug dealing, crime and risk to public health and safety.In this repeat program of the Living Free show, Judy and Melody outline their campaign and discuss the launch of the MSIC in July 2018.To contact Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions, go online to vicstreetdrugsolutions.org(link is external) or Facebook page victoriastreetdrugsolutions(link is external).
1/5/20230
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Doors Wide Open - Tanya and Leigh on 29DEC2022

Tanya and Leigh are Peer Support Workers at for Doors Wide Open - a peer-led community support service that assists individuals and families impacted by Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD). DWO also offer support for people impacted by homelessness or rough sleeping.Tanya and Leigh share their lived experience of being helped by Doors Wide Open to break their addiction to methamphetamine (ice) and to go on to become a Peer Support Workers at DWO and be able to help other addicts and their families recover from the impact of ice addiction in Bunbury, Western Australia.To find out more about Doors Wide Open, then you can go online at doorswideopen.org.au or checkout their Facebook page facebook.com/doorswideopeninc.A podcast of an earlier interview with Tyril Houghton, Chairperson of the board of Doors Wide Open and Shane Thompson, a Peer Support Worker was broadcast on 22nd September 2022: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode/doors-wide-open-tyril-houghton-and-shane-thompson-22sep2022#Recovery #Methamphetamines #Addiction #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support for the Living Free show and support our podcasts by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateMusic on our podcast is courtesy of Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (https://amrap.org.au/):Fancy Normal (https://www.fancynormal.com/) track is Sad Champagne - about trying not to jump into a relationship after heartbreak - not wanting to be alone, but knowing that you need to be alone to heal, and reflecting on the brokenness of past relationships.Cat Canteri (https://www.catcanteri.com/) track is When We Were Young - Upbeat, feel-good song about being young.
12/29/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jane on 22DEC2022

Jane was on the show in February 2021 and comes back nearly two years later to discuss how Alcoholics Anonymous meetings have continued to help her to recover and return to a normal life without dependence on alcohol.Jane talks about rebuilding trust with her family and friends, being clear-eyed and on the ball at work and helping other alcoholics trying to recover from alcoholism in the fellowship of AA.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.First interview with Jane: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202102181300/alcoholics-anonymous-jane#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/22/20220
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SMART Recovery - Neia Wong, Group Facilitator

Claudineia Wong is a group facilitator at SMART Recovery Australia. SMART Recovery is an international organisation that assists people in recovery from addictive  behaviours through group meetings based on the principles of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. In this episode Neia discusses the role of the group meetings in helping people to cope with urges, maintain motivation to recover from their problematic behaviours, solve problems that arise in daily living and learn to live a more balanced lifestyle.If you're concerned about your own problematic behaviour or the problematic behaviour of a relative or friend and would like to find out more about SMART Recovery you can contact them at smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au or call them on (02) 9373 5100.  Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/15/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Brenden on 08DEC2022

Brenden shares his gambling journey and insight into his pokies addiction and his recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. Now three and a half years without gambling he shares his insight into how his early behaviour, anxiety and attraction to excitement led him seek out pokies and gamble obsessively for 13 years.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to Living Free’s 2021 3CR Radiothon  https://www.givenow.com.au/crowdraiser/public/3crlivingfree2021radiothonMusic courtesy of AMRAP:Andrea Kirwin singing Light It On Up - www.andreakirwin.comLEOTTE singing Somehow You (featuring Prudence) - https://www.facebook.com/LeotteMusic
12/8/20220
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Overeaters Anonymous - Carmen

Carmen grew up in Germany in a family where there was alcohol abuse and violence. In her adult life, she developed a compulsion to control her eating and fell into a pattern of food restriction followed by bingeing. Carmen found herself preoccupied with food and when she realised it had become a problem began to look for help. A therapist's advice to eat in moderation did not work for her but through the support of Overeaters Anonymous and an understanding of the addictive nature of her relationship with food, Carmen found freedom from her compulsion.If you are having difficulty with compulsive overeating you might like to contact Overeaters Anonymous. You can find them at oa.org.au. All meetings welcome newcomers and the only requirement for OA membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively.There are meetings listed on the website at oa.org.au/meetings - these may be face-to-face, online or hybrid meetings.  Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/1/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Rhonda from Alberta, Canada

Rhonda started life in Ontario, Canada, but as a young child moved with her alcoholic father and three siblings, without their mother, to another province, Alberta. Here she grew up with a father whose neglectful behaviour forced Rhonda and her siblings to fend for themselves. Rhonda took refuge in school and benefitted from the care of teachers who noticed her and gave her opportunities. As an adult, Rhonda was led to Al-Anon by a mentor who recognised her anger as a symptom of the family disease of alcoholism, and through her participation in the Al-Anon fellowship, Rhonda's anger dissipated. She now lives a more balanced and fulfilling life. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
11/24/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Claude on 17NOV2022

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.If you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous or need to talk to somebody, then please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at www.navic.net.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
11/17/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Steve on 10NOV2022

Steve has been off the punt for about 4 years thanks to help from Gamblers Anonymous and talks about how he was introduced to underage drinking and gambling in his mid-teens with his friends.  He talks about his first bet being a win and then he was hooked, trying to recreate that buzz of winning. Gambling strengthened his relationship with his friends, and later he sought out friends who enjoyed gambling. Steve gambled for about 20 years before he could no longer hide it from his wife. It was a great relief when he told her about the gambling, a huge weight off his shoulders, but she gave him the ultimatum – gambling or family, not both.  He chose family and rocked up to Gamblers Anonymous but didn’t think it was necessary for him, as he was still in denial.  Eventually Steve connected with the members and realized that it was possible to live and enjoy his  life without gambling.Steve talks candidly about the need to be ready to stop gambling, about the fact that he will always be a compulsive gambler but how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to better cope with life without gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
11/10/20220
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SMART Recovery Australia - CEO, April Long

April Long has lived experience of family members with alcoholism and other addictions. For many members of her family this has led to interactions with the criminal justice system. As CEO of SMART Recovery Australia, April is committed to building an organisation that gives people the tools to address their own problematic behaviours, allowing them to make positive changes for themselves, their families and ultimately their communities.If you're concerned about your own problematic behaviour or the problematic behaviour of a relative or friend and would like to find out more about SMART Recovery you can contact them at smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au or call them on (02) 9373 5100.  Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
11/3/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Mike

Mike grew up in a household in which emotions were suppressed. Mike attributes this to the intergenerational effects of alcoholism and the dysfunctional ways in which his parents responded to life's challenges. A medical professional recommended that Mike attend an Al-Anon meeting and there he discovered a much wider range of emotional expression than he had previously been exposed to. Over the years Mike has found the Al-Anon program to be invaluable in helping him navigate the challenges, including the emotional challenges, of life at its different stages.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
10/27/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Rachel on 20OCT2022

Rachel grew up in a family of musicians and spent a lot of her childhood travelling the country with her family for work. It resulted in her attending lots of different schools, and it eventually took its toll on her wellbeing.  Her dad and grandfather both drank, and alcohol played a big part in her family’s life.Rachel left home in her mid-teens to pursue a career in a band and alcohol was ever-present at her band’s gigs and venues.  A bout of post-natal depression with her second child accelerated her drinking and an early attempt at moderation lasted about a month.  About four and a half years ago, in her mid-forties, Rachel reached out for help and found an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and identified with the alcoholics’ drinking experiences.  Through the members of the AA group, their willingness to help and her desire to change she started her on the road to recovery.  It wasn’t easy, she has had quite a few breaks but now has 8 months sobriety and 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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
10/20/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Robbert on 13OCT2022

Robbert has been off the punt for 17 years thanks to help from Gamblers Anonymous and talks about how he was introduced to gambling in his late teens and early twenties around Sydney’s casinos and nightclubs.  He talks about his first big win and how he ploughed it all back into the pokies, plus more the next day. Robbert’s life deteriorated as he spent his weekly pay-packet on the pokies on payday and existed on loans from colleagues, friends and family till his next payday. After realizing the impact of his secretive gambling on his family he initially went to Gamblers Anonymous but only to keep his family off his back.  Eventually Robbert couldn’t keep up the lies and deception to hide his gambling and returned to GA wanting help to stop gambling.Robbert talks candidly about the need to be ready to stop gambling, about the fact that he will always be a compulsive gambler but how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to better cope with life without gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
10/13/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Robert on 6 October 2022

Coming from a family affected across generations by substance abuse, and facing physical and emotional challenges, Robert experienced much unhappiness as a teenager and young adult. He has found recovery in the world-wide fellowship of Al-Anon. During the pandemic lockdowns, Robert began attending Al-Anon zoom meetings all over the world and through this global sharing of experience, strength and hope he has found himself enjoying better mental health than he experienced before the pandemic. Robert grew up in various states in the USA and now lives with his husband in Columbus, Ohio. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
10/6/20220
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Dr Constance Scharff on 29SEP2022

Dr Constance Scharff has both professional qualifications and personal recovery experience. Since completing her PhD in Transformative Studies, she has dedicated her life towards helping others with mental health, trauma, and addiction issues through evidence-based, holistic treatments and solutions.  Dr Scharff is an author, speaker, and advocate and specializes in radically transformative personal experience. Dr Scharff is an award-winning author of books including, 'Ending Addiction for Good' and ‘Rock to Recovery’ and regularly presents at international conferences, workshops and in podcasts.Constance shares her personal journey of childhood abuse and alcoholism and her recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous in her early 20’s. Still experiencing trauma associated with her childhood abuse later in life she studied and researched complementary therapies that can help PTSD sufferers overcome the debilitating effects of their trauma.If you would like to find out more about Dr Constance Scharff and what kind of topics she covers, please take a look at her website: constancescharff.com or checkout her Facebook page facebook.com/drconstancescharff .#mentalhealth #addiction #recovery #trauma #recoveryjourney #traumasurvivorShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/29/20220
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Doors Wide Open - Tyril Houghton and Shane Thompson on 22SEP2022

Tyril Houghton is Chairperson of the board and Shane Thompson is a Peer Support Worker at for Doors Wide Open - a peer-led community support service that assists individuals and families impacted by Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD). DWO also offer support for people impacted by homelessness or rough sleeping.Tyril shares her lived experience of using education to break down the stigma associated with addiction and to help drug users and their families to access community support in Bunbury, Western Australia.Shane shares his lived experience of being helped by Doors Wide Open to break his addiction to methamphetamine (ice) and to go on to become a Peer Support Worker at DWO and be able to help other addicts and their families recover from the impact of drug addiction in Bunbury, Western Australia.To find out more about Doors Wide Open, then you can go online at doorswideopen.org.au or checkout their Facebook page facebook.com/doorswideopeninc.An earlier interview with one of the Doors Wide Open founders was broadcast on 24th November 2016, and podcast earlier on 3rd February 2022: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode/doors-wide-open-lena-24nov2016#Recovery #Methamphetamines #Addiction #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/22/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Matt on 15SEP2022

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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/15/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Mark on 8 September 2022

Mark grew up in a household in which his father drank too much and his mother tried to control her husband's behaviour. Naturally, in this situation, conflict ensued. In an attempt to hold his family together in the face of the conflict, Mark often found himself acting as peacemaker and go-between. In this episode, Mark discusses how he found support, first in Alateen where other teenagers shared their experience, strength and hope in dealing with family situations that were similar to his, and then in Al-Anon, where he developed an approach to self-care which makes for a peaceful and fulfilling life today. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
9/8/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ange on 01SEP2022

Ange comes back onto the show after another 2 years in Gamblers Anonymous and talks about how she fell into gambling on social media games and how that affected her life. After realizing the impact of her secretive gambling on her husband and family she went to Gamblers Anonymous to address her compulsive gambling.Ange talks candidly about the need to be ready to stop gambling, about the fact that she will always be a compulsive gambler but how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled her to better cope with her life without gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeAnge’s earlier podcast: https://www.3cr.org.au/livingfree/episode-202008131300/gamblers-anonymous-angeShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/1/20220
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Rethink Addiction - Jess Kennedy on 25AUG2022

JESS shares her lived experience of prescription drug addiction and as a peer support worker in Melbourne.   Jess also talks about the Rethink Addiction campaign that is aiming to help overcome the stigma and shame associated with addiction and encourage people seek help.Jess is two years into her recovery and is so proud of herself and who she is today. To find out more about Rethink Addiction, then you can go online at rethinkaddiction.org.au and checkout videos of Jess and others that are trying to breakdown the stigma and shame of addiction.Checkout Jess’s video as well: https://youtu.be/xSP3hlhYcVAThe Rethink Addiction National Convention in Canberra is on 12-14 September 2022: https://conferenceco.eventsair.com/rethink-addiction/#Recovery #Alcoholism #Addiction #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
8/25/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Gab on 18AUG2022

Gab grew up as the youngest in a loving family and had a normal childhood but suffered anxiety from a young age. Drinking started in her early teens, she didn’t like the taste but loved the effect. Gab was a blackout drunk from the start but didn’t see her drinking as any different from her friends. Her relationships were always centred around alcohol or addiction. Drinking progressed and eventually she hurt those close to her, worried her family and had accidents while drunk. Gab managed to stay off alcohol for over 3 years but picked up sleeping pills and stimulants to help her compensate. In her late 30’s she sought help through a rehab centre and was introduced Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Gab has now been able to stay sober for over 6 months and is now living a much happier and independent life. 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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
8/18/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Dan on 11AUG2022

Dan talks about how he led a normal life as a kid but was bullied at school and didn’t have many friends. He remembers playing card games for coins with his family and his Nan betting on Kino but no real gambling influences. Dan didn’t like school much and in his late teens he and his friends were into horses and drinking so their university days were not very academic.In his early twenties Dan used to drink, gamble, and drug most weekends and ended up being diagnosed with a liver condition and lost is job due to gambling. Things got a lot worse quickly and it wasn’t till his early thirties that he went into rehab and was introduced to Gamblers Anonymous and other 12th Step programs to address his other drug and alcohol dependencies.Dan talks candidly about the need to be ready to stop gambling, about the improvements in his relationships and how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to cope with his new life.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
8/11/20220
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Problem Drinking - Michael on 4 August 2022

In this episode of Living Free, our invited guest cancelled at the last minute and host, Ann, put out a call to listeners for a person willing to step in as a guest on the show. When Michael called in they had a conversation about the difficulties of recovery and relapse. The Living Free team would like to thank Michael for his willingness to speak on air without preparation and at such short notice. Thank you Michael. 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. Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
8/4/20220
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The Youth Support and Advocacy Service - Luke Anderson

Luke Anderson is a Youth Support Worker. He currently works with YSAS in a residential program to support young people aged 12-21 who are seeking to withdraw from alcohol and drugs. Luke speaks about the YSAS harm minismisation and early intervention approach to working with young people and the broad range of services that YSAS offers throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.If you would like to find out more about the Youth Support and Advocacy Service, you will find them at https://ysas.org.au/drugs-alcoholor you can call them on 03 9415 8881
7/28/20220
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Narcotics Recovery - Waz on 21JUL2022

Apologies, the mp3 file is now attached.This show was originally presented by Jude on 20th October 2016 and has not been podcast before.Waz talks about starting to use recreational drugs and ending up addicted to heroin. He used drugs for 25 years and spent several years in prison before getting into detox and experiencing the help of the 12th step recovery fellowships.  Waz had been clean for nearly 5 years when Jude interviewed him and was loving the freedom of living life on life’s terms without the need to use drugs daily.  He doesn’t specify which fellowships helped him into recovery but here are a few that may help if you have similar problems.If you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous or need to talk to somebody, then please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at navic.net.au.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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.#Narcotics #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFree #Alcoholism #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
7/21/20220
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Adult Children of Alcoholics - Alison on 14JUL2022

Content Warning - this program features a personal story that includes suicidal thoughts and family abuse and may be triggering so please take care. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea right now you should skip this podcast.Alison grew up in a dysfunctional family and developed an eating disorder before enduring life with an alcoholic stepmother. She subsequently met and married an alcoholic, joined Overeaters Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups to deal with the legacy of those addictive behaviours and difficult relationships. Alison eventually joined  Adult Children of Alcoholics to deal with the complex PTSD she suffered as a child. In ACA for over seven years now, she has gained an understanding of how her early life trauma continued to affect her adult life and how to become a nurturing parent to her inner child.If you grew up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional family, then you can contact Adult Children of Alcoholics online at adultchildren.org.au for details of their meetings and contact information.Content Warning - If this interview has raised questions or caused distress please call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Overeating #Recovery #AdultChildren #Al-Anon #PTSD
7/14/20220
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Al-Anon and AA - Richard

Richard grew up in a large Christian family in suburban Melbourne. Although his childhood was not affected by problem drinking, he learned as a young child to take care of his mother, and to feel responsible when she suffered as a result of her mood disorder.  It wasn't until his early adulthood that Richard began to drink large amounts of alcohol and to learn that this gave him relief from a sense of pressure, allowing him to feel comfortable and happy. Drinking eventually resulted in Richard's life becoming unmanageable, until he found recovery in AA. When Richard found himself becoming affected by a loved one's drinking, he found support in Al-Anon.
6/30/20220
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SMART Recovery - Joseph Abdo (Group Facilitator)

Joseph Abdo is a NSW-based clinical social worker who specialises in helping people, using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, with their mental health and well-being. He is passionate about the SMART Recovery approach to dealing with compulsive and addictive behaviours. As a SMART Recovery group facilitator he helps group members maintain motivation, cope with urges, solve life problems and live life with more balance. If you're concerned about your own problematic behaviour or the problematic behaviour of a relative or friend and would like to find out more about SMART Recovery you can contact them at smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au or call them on (02) 9373 5100.
6/23/20220
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Living Free RADIOTHON - Suzie on 16JUN2022

Suzie shares aspects of her alcoholism, the impact it had on her life and on those around her. She drank for 45 years and eventually found sobriety through a Women in Sobriety group in Alcoholics Anonymous when she was 65. Suzie has been sober for over 5 years now and found that abstaining from alcohol with the help of AA was the only way she could get her life back.   Suzie volunteered to come back on the show to highlight the importance of 3CR and the Living Free show to get the AA fellowship’s message of hope out to the community.We also raised funds to keep 3CR on air for another year and mention the generous donations from the listening public. We had very generous donations and by the end of the show we had raised over $2,200, well in excess of our target of $1,600.  Many thanks to all of our donors for their continued support for the Living Free show.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating 3CR Radiothon via https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/16/20220
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Kieran Carroll's 'Enough is Enough', a play about gambling

Kieran Carroll, a playwright based in the Melbourne suburb of Edithvale, has written 'Enough is Enough', a play about problem gambling. Set in a beachside hotel whose gaming room is open until 5am, the play explores the financial, emotional and social impacts of problem gambling. The work was commissioned by the City of Kingston. 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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/9/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Rene on 2 June 2022

As a child, Rene loved scratchies, and as a young adult enjoyed nights out at the pokies with his friends . But soon he sensed that he was gambling differently from his friends and at times his friends brought up the subject of his gambling with him. It was on a honeymoon cruise, on a ship with a large casino on board, that it became evident that gambling was going to have a huge impact on Rene's most important relationships. Facing a crisis, Rene eventually found Gamblers Anonymous. He entered his first meeting reluctantly but left with hope. Now as a regular attender of GA meetings, he benefits from the support and inspiration offered by fellow recovering gamblers and offers his experience, strength and hope to others who are facing the same struggles.
6/2/20220
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SMART Recovery - Clare on 26 May 2022

Clare has lived experience of a close relationship with a person whose use of alcohol and opiods is troubling. She found valuable help for how to deal with her difficulties in SMART Recovery and is now a board member of SMART Recovery Australia. She runs an on-line group for families and friends of people whose addictive behaviours are causing difficulties for themselves and others.
5/26/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Ben on 19MAY2022

Ben grew up with a very loving family and had a usual childhood. Drinking only started around 18 years old and wasn’t serious. That all changed when he married and bought a house that became party central for his friends. Drinking progressed and eventually he suffered alcohol induced blackouts that scared his wife and kids. Ben didn’t realize that his drinking was that bad as he had no memory of the worst parts of his behaviour. It had also started to impact his work life and when he was asked to leave the family home, he sought help. Initially detox a couple of times, then rehab where he was introduced Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and has been able to stay sober for nearly 12 months and is now living a much happier, and independent life. 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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show by supporting 3CR's June Radiothon.subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/19/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Bill on 12MAY2022

This week, after some technical difficulties with the 3CR phone system, we decided to postpone the Gamblers Anonymous interview after 20 minutes and Ann interviewed Bill instead.Bill grew up with an active alcoholic father and as a young adult sought help through an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and was directed to Al-Anon Family Groups. In those early years he met Ann at the Al-Anon meetings and forty years later he discusses the impact of Al-Anon in transforming his relationships, particularly with his father and also with his family and friends.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
5/12/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Jan on 5 May 2022

Jan grew up in an East Asian country. Her mother, a devout Buddhist, did not speak outside of her home about the problem of alcoholism in her husband. Jan resented her father's behaviour and her mother's submission to it. At school, Jan achieved highly, both academically and in sport, but became rebellious in her teenage years. Only when she had children of her own did she realise how her behaviour must have affected her mother. Eventually, living in Australia, Jan became troubled by the drinking of another family member. She sank into despair but found hope in Al-Anon, along with strategies for coping with others' addictive behaviour and insight into the impact of her father's drinking on her childhood.
5/5/20220
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Bridget and Patrick on 28APR2022

Bridget and Patrick experienced eating disorders since their childhood, where food became a treat that they treasured above friendships.  Eating was never an obvious problem to them, but they sought out large quantities of food and treats as part of their everyday lives. Their eating impacted on their work and relationships, and it was not until later in life, after years of food related problems that they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives improved dramatically, and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food. They found that they could have normal (close) relationships when food was not their principal interest.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected], or call in USA on (781) 932 6300 or see their US website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recoveryShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/28/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Michael on 21APR2022

Michael grew up with European immigrant parents in a food and drinking culture. Vodka was the drink of choice and some of their family friends had serious drinking problems. Michael was a bit of a loner with only had a few close friends and developed long-term relationship with a workaholic. He. drifted into using alcohol and it started to impact his work and life.  Michael continued drinking alcoholically daily for over 30 years and eventually was hospitalized as a consequence.Michael was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings during rehab and after 2 or 3 breaks has been able to stay sober for over 12 months and is now living a full, happy, and independent life. 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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/21/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Stephanie on 14APR2022

Stephanie talks about the newly introduced poker machines in Victorian pubs and clubs as being an accepted social activity when she was a youth. She started off underage gambling on pokies with her older friends, some of whom were compulsive gamblers, and she remembers their mood swings whilst gambling.  Her gambling became problematic in her mid-twenties when she started using apps to bet on horses and considered that she might be able to make a career of gambling.  After losing her fortnight’s salary on payday and thinking of ending everything Stephanie confided in her partner and sought help. After trying controlled gambling, she eventually made her way into Gamblers Anonymous and started to realize that she was not alone in her gambling problem. Stephanie talks candidly about the difficulty of using gambling to escape from the reality of life and how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled her to cope with the occasional breaks, realizing that she could restart her recovery again at any time.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/14/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Ray 7 April 2022

Ray grew up in the late sixties, experiencing success in school, sport and leadership. But as a young adult he found himself attracted to the freedom of the counter-culture rather than the constraints and repressions of conventional family life. He came into contact with many people whose lives were affected by drugs and alcohol. Eventually he qualified as a psychologist and found himself treating people with addictions and post-traumatic stress disorders. A traumatic experience of his own led him to seek help for himself in Al-Anon. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateEVENT: 2022 AA National Convention with Al-Anon and Alateen participation.Dates: Friday-Sunday 22-24 April 2022Venue: Pullman Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park. Vic. 3004;Website: aanatcon2022.com(link is external)Tickets Eventbrite:  eventbrite.com.au/e/aa-al-anon-natcon-2022-tickets
4/7/20220
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The Melbourne Clinic - Dr Maloney and Ms Moraitis on 31MAR2022

Our guests are Dr Michael Maloney, Program Director of the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit and Ms Effie Moraitis, Addictive Behaviours Therapy Manager, both at The Melbourne Clinic. We discuss the nature of modern withdrawal and rehabilitation approaches to those with addiction and dependence issues.Addiction is not being able to stop doing something even if you want to, and despite the negative consequences it creates. Addiction applies to alcohol and other drugs, and is inclusive of gambling, eating, gaming, exercise, sex, social media and other behaviours. If you would like to find out more about The Melbourne Clinic, then you can phone them on (03) 9429 4688 or go online at themelbourneclinic.com.au for more information.In the Geelong region, The Geelong Clinic also offers addiction services, and you can phone them on (03) 5240 0700 or go online at thegeelongclinic.com.au#addiction #detox #recovery #clinicAlso show your support for 3CR and Living Free by supporting 3CR at 3cr.org.au
3/31/20220
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SMART Recovery Australia - Dan on 24MAR2022

Our guest is Daniel Raffell, the Senior National Program Manager and Trainer at SMART Recovery Australia and he shares his recovery story and explains the SMART Recovery approach and how it has helped him. Dan also shared about SMART Recovery’s April Challenge – TAKE ON ADDICTION that aims to remove the social stigma applied to those suffering because of their addiction. Take on Addiction challenges us to learn about addiction, talk about how we view addiction and consider the impact that has on the person.Take on Addiction webpage: takeonaddiction.org.auTake on Addiction YouTube: youtu.be/tEjIdyFQui8To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecovery #addiction #recoveryAlso show your support for 3CR and Living Free by supporting 3CR at 3cr.org.au
3/24/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Suzie on 17MAR2022

Suzie grew up with an alcoholic father and grandparents, felt different from other kids at an early age and started drinking at around 14-16 years old with her school friends.  She sought out other friends who drank, married an alcoholic and continued drinking alcoholically over the next 45 years.Suzie’s drinking continued after her daughter was born and interfered with her parenting. She finally realized that she needed to get sober whilst looking after her first grandchild as she didn’t want to be the drunk grandma.Suzie had been to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a short while many years earlier but didn’t relate and didn’t really think that her life was unmanageable.  She eventually came back to AA, has been sober for the last five years and is now living a full, happy and independent life.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateEVENT: 2022 AA National Convention with Al-Anon and Alateen participation.Dates: Friday-Sunday 22-24 April 2022Venue: Pullman Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park. Vic. 3004;Website: aanatcon2022.comTickets Eventbrite:  eventbrite.com.au/e/aa-al-anon-natcon-2022-tickets
3/17/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Tony on 10MAR2022

Tony talks about recovery in Gamblers Anonymous, from gambling on poker machines.  He also talks about difficulties gambling presents and its impact on personal relationships with partners, parents, siblings, and social and work friends both during active gambling and after gambling stops. Tony talks candidly about gambling to escape from the pressure of close relationships and how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to address his real problems.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFree #AMRAP Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateThe music in this week’s show is by Kate Leahy, a Yeppoon (QLD) based singer songwriter, firstly her new release Smile and also Stone To The Ground. Both songs were courtesy of Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP) https://amrap.org.au/artist/kate-leahy
3/10/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Monica

Monica began life in rural South Africa. When her mother died, the children, including Monica, were placed in care while her father pursued his business. Several years later, her father died. As a young adult, Monica found herself in many ways unprepared for independent adult life, but her adventurous spirit saw her arrive in London. Here she met her husband and gave birth to their two children. Suffering from, but not fully understanding her husband's multiple addictions, Monica came with him to Sydney to start a new life. Here, her husband's behaviour became increasingly controlling and despite the effect of this on her self-confidence, Monica was able to separate from him, support herself and look after her children. All this was with the help of Al-Anon where she learned that she had choices and could build a fulfilling life connected to the people she cares about, including those she grew up with in South Africa. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateEVENT: 2022 AA National Convention with Al-Anon and Alateen participation.Dates: Friday-Sunday 22-24 April 2022Venue: Pullman Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park. Vic. 3004;Website: aanatcon2022.com(link is external)Tickets Eventbrite:  eventbrite.com.au/e/aa-al-anon-natcon-2022-tickets
3/3/20220
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Alcohol - Victoria on 24FEB2022

Victoria shares her story of drifting into alcoholism without much thought for the consequences. After a traumatic childhood experience, she turned to alcohol because that was how her family entertained friends and it seemed to work well. The outcome of Victoria’s excessive drinking often led her to change jobs, but it became a staple in her lifestyle.  It was really when she was pregnant with her first child that she experienced an alcohol-free period, but the pressures of motherhood saw her eventually return.A supportive psychologist helped Victoria to realize that she was drinking alcoholically, and she decided to stop.  Documenting her recovery experience on her drunk-mummy-sober-mummy blog Victoria tapped into a social media support network. Through that she met many sober-curious people trying to get off alcohol, including Lucy and together they started the SoberAwkward podcast.  Victoria has been sober now for over 3 years.To find out more visit drunkmummysobermummy and sober-awkward.Topics Include:#partygirl #drinkingproblems #badrelationships #blackouts #socialdrinking #baddecisions #selfrespect #bingedrinking #hangovers #anxiety #guilt #shame #controlledrinking #moderatedrinking #trauma #bullying #peoplepleasing #alcoholism #soberawkward #drunkmummysobermummyYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
2/24/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Grace on 17FEB2022

Content Warning - this program features a personal story that includes alcoholism and suicidal thoughts that may be distressing to some listeners. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea right now you should skip of this podcast. If this raises questions or causes distress, please call Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).Grace grew up in a normal family but felt anxious and was sensitive and self-conscious from an early age.  She was younger than her classmates and started drinking at 16 years old at her friend’s 18th birthday parties. Grace started drinking because that was what everyone was doing, and it helped her to fit in. It took around 20 minutes before she was drunk, and she felt cool, and her head wasn’t so busy any more.Grace’s drinking progressed and regular drinking at Uni led to her mental health decline and suicidal thoughts. Her parents and friends tried to help her, but Grace denied that she had a drinking problem. Hospitalization, being unable to work and loss of friends due to her drinking still didn’t alert Grace to the damage being done by alcohol. In her mid-twenties Grace tried Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a short while but didn’t relate to the “old” and “male” alcoholics. She was able to stay sober for short periods but couldn’t maintain it, she tried and failed at controlled drinking and eventually came back to AA when she feared that she would pick up a drink.  Grace has now been sober for over two years and is now living a full, happy and independent life.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateEVENT: 2022 AA National Convention with Al-Anon and Alateen participation.Dates: Friday-Sunday 22-24 April 2022Venue: Pullman Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park. Vic. 3004;Website: aanatcon2022.comTickets Eventbrite:  eventbrite.com.au/e/aa-al-anon-natcon-2022-tickets
2/17/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ram on 10FEB2022

Ram returns to the show after about 12 months to talk about the impact of Covid-19 on gamblers and recovery in Gamblers Anonymous. We discuss mainly gambling electronically and on poker machines. Ram shares his struggle to get free of online gambling companies when he was trying to stop gambling and details some of their follow-up contacts and inducement offers, even when they knew he was self-excluding.We also talk about difficulties gambling presents and its impact on personal relationships with parents, siblings, and social and work friends both during active gambling and after gambling stops. Ram talks candidly about gambling to escape from the pressures of day-to-day life and how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to break the isolation and address his real problems.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
2/10/20220
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Doors Wide Open - Lena on 24NOV2016

This is a show that was originally broadcast on 24th November 2016, and we are podcasting as a companion to our 22 September 2022 interview. We have uploaded it into a spare space in our podcasting framework as we cannot backdate it to 2016.Lena shares her lived experience of using community support to help people support family members recover from drug addiction in Bunbury Western Australia.   Lena shares about the origin of a group called Doors Wide Open and how community came together when she put out a call over social media to assist her sone who had a methamphetamine (ice) addiction.Doors Wide Open is a peer-led community support service that assists individuals and families impacted by AOD. They also offer support for people impacted by homelessness or rough sleeping.To find out more about Doors Wide Open, then you can go online at doorswideopen.org.au or checkout their Facebook page facebook.com/doorswideopeninc.#Recovery #Methamphetamines #Addiction #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support to the Living Free show:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
2/3/20220
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Alcoholics, Addicts and Al-Anon - Rishi, Annie and Bill on 27JAN2022

This show was originally presented by Jude on 16th February 2017 and has not been podcast before.Rishi and Annie talk about alcoholism, ICE addiction and ICE drug replacement therapy, Jude discusses from the aspect of alcoholism and Bill provides a family of the alcoholic perspective.All note the benefits of a 12th Step program to help them get their lives back into balance.If you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous or need to talk to somebody, then please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at www.navic.net.au.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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.#Narcotics #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFree #Alcoholism #SobrietyShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateEVENT: 2022 AA National Convention with Al-Anon and Alateen participation.Dates: Friday-Sunday 22-24 April 2022Venue: Pullman Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park. Vic. 3004;Website: aanatcon2022.comTickets Eventbrite:  eventbrite.com.au/e/aa-al-anon-natcon-2022-tickets
1/27/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Mike on 20JAN2022

Mike grew up suffering from ADHD and was pretty isolated and felt like he didn’t fit in at home or at school.  His parents had come from alcoholic homes and were unstable and unpredictable. Mike started drinking at about 14 years old and found that it allowed him to feel good, equal, relaxed and easy-going.In his early 20’s Mike used amphetamines and alcohol regularly, but it was his access to quality spirits that really accelerated his progression into alcoholism. His relationships were difficult as he struggled with work, self-care and accommodation. Mike’s drinking increased during the 2020 Covid lockdown in Melbourne, then he found Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was able to stay sober for short periods but couldn’t maintain it. He was eventually diagnosed with ADHD but unable to take ADHD medication because his drinking.Mike’s friend in Narcotics Anonymous contacted him at a low point and convinced him to get back to AA meetings and this time he took sobriety more seriously.  Initially he denied being an alcoholic but eventually realized that the AA program made sense for how he could get back to feeling better about himself. Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Mike lost the desire for alcohol quickly and started to enjoy life again, this time without alcohol. With the help of his ADHD meds and being sober his life is now great.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree #SobrietyShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donateEVENT: 2022 AA National Convention with Al-Anon and Alateen participation.Dates: Friday-Sunday 22-24 April 2022Venue: Pullman Hotel, 65 Queens Rd, Albert Park. Vic. 3004;Website: aanatcon2022.comTickets Eventbrite:  eventbrite.com.au/e/aa-al-anon-natcon-2022-tickets
1/20/20220
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Gamblers Anonymous - SJ on 13JAN2022

Content Warning - this program features a personal story that includes gambling and suicidal thoughts that may be distressing to some listeners. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea right now you should skip of this podcast. If this does raise questions or causes distress, please call Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).SJ grew up in the seventies in New Zealand, in a time when there was little control of children being exposed to poker machines in pubs.  Bingo and pokies played a big part of her early family life, gambling as an eight-year-old, drinking from about 12 and smoking as a teenager.It took SJ about 30 years to seek help because she felt ashamed of her gambling. Eventually when self-exclusion from pokies venues was no working out, she tried controlled gambling but eventually she returned to addictive gambling. As gambling further damaged her relationships, she sought help through Gamblers Anonymous. SJ quickly realized that this was really her last chance of recovery and embraced the Gamblers Anonymous fellowship and that enabled her to break the isolation and address her real problems.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
1/13/20220
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Kate on 6 JAN 2022

Kate grew up in NSW as part of a large extended family but her home life was affected, in ways she did not understand at the time, by the intergenerational effects of alcoholism. Even though her family appeared to be functioning well on the ouside, Kate came to understand that the facade hid the reality that members of the family were to a large extent isolated from each other, just surviving. As a young adult Kate continued to live in survival mode, until she found Al-Anon. Gradually, as she lowered her expectations of other people, she found a greater capacity to pursue her own dreams. Through practising the Al-Anon program she has discovered talents that she had been told she did not have, and has built happier relationships than those experienced by her parents.
1/6/20220
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Craig on 30DEC2021

Craig had a usual childhood and like his dad he enjoyed a drink like most other people. It wasn’t until he was in his fifties that his regular drinking quickly spiralled out of control when he lost his job unexpectedly. His anxiety turned to anger, and resentment and he used alcohol and anti-depressants to try and cope with his new situation.At his family’s suggestion, Craig went into a rehab facility for what he thought was a rest but was surprised when they started calling him an alcoholic and suggesting that he attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Initially he denied being an alcoholic but eventually realized that the AA program made sense for how he could get back to feeling better about himself. Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Craig lost the desire for alcohol quickly and started to enjoy life again, this time without alcohol.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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFreeShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/30/20210
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Narcotics Anonymous - Tony on 23DEC2021

Tony had a very disrupted childhood and although he hadn’t done anything criminal spent time in youth detention and then because of his subsequent drug lifestyle spent frequent stints in prison.It wasn’t until a “do-gooder” helped him find some stable accommodation on exiting prison and indirectly introduced him to recovery in Narcotics Anonymous that Tony was able to get his life into perspective and to consider stopping using drugs and alcohol to quieten his mind.In NA, Tony met his wife and she helped keep him on the straight and narrow. Today after 29 years in NA Tony has achieved a life beyond his wildest dreams, which he now enjoys with his wife and two adult kids. If you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous or need to talk to somebody then please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at www.navic.net.au.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.#Narcotics #Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support to Living Free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/23/20210
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SMART Recovery - Nick Kenny on 16DEC2021

Nick Kenny shares his story of alcohol drug over use and how it affected his life. He considered going to Narcotics Anonymous before settling with SMART Recovery and through their structured program has managed to address his addictive behaviour. Nick discusses how SMART Recovery meetings and using the SMART recovery tools have helped him.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/16/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ryan on 09DEC2021

Ryan shares his journey of a normal family life where gambling and drinking were commonplace. He felt fairly alienated as a child at school and had authority issues from a very young age. Ryan started gambling seriously when he was 21 after a split-up with ahis partner. He initially won a large sum of money but quickly gambling consumed that and then his weekly income.Ryan initially sought help through Gamblers Help and tried controlled gambling but eventually he returned to addictive gambling. As gambling further damaged his relationships his family sought help for him through Gamblers Anonymous. Ryan quickly realized that this was really his last chance of recovery and embraced the Gamblers Anonymous fellowship and taking the Steps seriously enabled him to break the isolation and address his real problems.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAThe music featured on this episode is by MIK’s Reaction (NSW) https://kingmik2.wixsite.com/websiteShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
12/9/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Cheryl 2 December 2021

Cheryl grew up in Massachusetts, USA, in the 1950s in a family affected by alcoholism. It was only when she was sent away to school that she was given the structure that she needed. Later, as she built her career, Cheryl discovered that several of the survival skills that she had learnt in her childhood home had become personal attributes that were highly valued in the workplace, but she also learned that they were detrimental to building healthy intimate relationships at home. Since becoming a member of Al-Anon, Cheryl has experienced the joy and fulfilment that come from a life devoted to love and kindness. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
12/2/20210
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SMART Recovery - Olivia on 25NOV2021

Olivia shares his story of drug over use and how it affected her life. She tried Narcotics Anonymous before settling with SMART Recovery and through their structured program has managed to address her addictive behaviour. Olivia discusses how SMART Recovery meetings and using the SMART recovery tools have helped her.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.Music featured on this episode is by The Kindly Ravens (QLD) https://www.thekindlyravens.com/ and Raising Ravens (NSW) https://www.facebook.com/RaisingRavens#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
11/25/20210
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Underearners Anonymous - Jacinta on 18NOV2021

Jacinta shares her experience of having overcome a substance abuse problem with the help of Narcotics Anonymous when she realized that recovery wasn’t sufficient to overcome her chronic underachieving in her personal life. Still experiencing low self-worth that led to a life of underachieving it further damaged her relationships and she eventually found help through Underearners Anonymous. Underearners allowed her to reach her full potential and improved her recovery in Narcotics Anonymous.If you’re having trouble with underearning, or have a friend or family member that does, then maybe Underearners Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au for information and to see a list of local meetings.If anyone listening would like to find out more about Underearners Anonymous you can visit ua-au.org for details of their meetings, available literature, and other contact information.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a drug abuse problem you may find the help you need with Narcotics Anonymous, please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at navic.net.au.Show your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
11/18/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Grant on 11NOV2021

Grant shares his journey of experiencing trauma and how that led him to use gambling as an escape from his feelings of abandonment. Gambling further damaged his relationships and he sought help in Gamblers Anonymous. But recovery isn’t always straightforward, and Grant drifted away for a while and returned to gambling before realizing the importance of his recovery in Gamblers Anonymous. Coming back and taking the Steps seriously enabled him to break the isolation and address his real problems.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
11/11/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Diane on 4 November 2021

Diane grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in a large, close, chaotic family. When she married an alcoholic she found that difficulties of money, trust and security entered her life and she began to suffer from chronic health problems. Her doctor recommended Al-Anon. Through attending meetings and learning how to deal with the effects of someone else's drinking, Diane began to make choices that have lead to a more stable, fulfilling and healthy life.
11/4/20210
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SMART Recovery - Steve on 28OCT2021

Steve shares his story of alcohol over use and how he tried Alcoholics Anonymous before finding SMART Recovery. Over eleven years the SMART Recovery meetings have helped him to get back to normal life using the SMART recovery tools.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
10/28/20210
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Ellie and Joyce on 21OCT2021

Ellie and Joyce experienced eating disorders since their childhood, where food became a treat that they treasured above friendships.  Eating was never an obvious problem to them, but they sought out large quantities of food and treats as part of their everyday lives. Their eating impacted on their work and relationships, and it was not until later in life, after years of food related problems that they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives improved dramatically, and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food. They found that they could have normal (close) relationships when food was not their principal interest.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected], or call in USA on (781) 932 6300 or see their US website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recoveryShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
10/21/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Max on 14OCT2021

Max shares his story of developing a gambling habit through watching his grandfather gambling as a child and from the acceptance of gambling behaviour by the parents of his peers at high school.  Max ended up gambling online, stealing money from his mum’s bank account, borrowing from friends, and hiding his compulsive behaviour from his partner.  The podcast provides an insight into the progression of his gambling addiction and his initial contact with and his early recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. Max also shares about the effect of his early under-age gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
10/14/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Maya on 07OCT2021

Maya grew up with an active alcoholic father who had high expectations of her. As an adult, she joined Al-Anon Family Groups, seeking help with her confused feelings about herself and her family. Through participating in meetings and practising the 12 Steps, Maya gradually improved her relationship with her father and more importantly with herself. Today she discusses the role of the 12 Steps in this process. In particular, she focuses on the power of the 4th Step in transforming relationships.Step 4 - We took a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery  
10/7/20210
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VICYPAA - Lyndal and Emma on 30SEP2021

Lyndal and Emma talk about the effect of alcoholism on their lives and how Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups respectively have helped them to recover.They also talk about the benefits of being in a 12th Step fellowship and also about the upcoming VICYPAA Convention on Saturday 9th October 2021. 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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFreeShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/30/20210
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SMART Recovery - Tallulah on 23SEP2021

Tallulah is now a facilitator for SMART Recovery Australia and shares her story of alcohol over use and how she tried Alcoholics Anonymous, medication and hypnotherapy before finding SMART Recovery. Over two years the SMART Recovery meetings have helped her to get back to normal life using the SMART recovery tools.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/23/20210
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Narcotics - Genevieve on 16SEP2021

Genevieve shares her story of polysubstance misuse and her recovery through exposure to SMART Recovery in rehab. Gen found it difficult during Covid-19 without face-to-face meetings and didn’t like the online experience so she’s 3-months clean and hanging out for the return of in-person meetings.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.If you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous, if you need to talk to somebody then please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at www.navic.net.au.#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/16/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Andrew on 09SEP2021

Andrew shares his story of developing a gambling habit through arcade games as a child and then moving on to pokies in his late teens.  It provides an insight into the progression of his gambling addiction and his initial contact with and eventual recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. Andrew also shares about the effect of alcohol and how it often accompanied his gambling.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.If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
9/9/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Victor on 02SEP2021

Victor grew up in a family where alcohol was abused. His father was frequently violent, and to survive, Victor became hyper-vigilant and sensitive to the moods of his parents. As a child, Victor found refuge outside of the family, playing with friends in the wild areas near his home. As he grew, he recognised in himself an impulse to heal his family through humour and by trying to form relationships with his siblings. Eventually he found that he was unable to bring about the healing he desired.On a holiday in Indonesia as an adult, Victor experienced both despair (in a bar) and elation (at a volcano). Soon after, he decided to seek help from 12 Step groups, first Adult Children of Alcoholics and then Al-Anon Family Groups. Here he found the support he needed alongside other people who understood his grief and frustration.In Al-Anon, Victor gradually gained the confidence to share his story and began to understand that his feelings of fear and hopelessness were common to many people whose lives had been affected by someone else’s drinking. He now gives thanks for nature and has much gratitude in his life.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
9/2/20210
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SMART Recovery Australia - Mark Bell on 26AUG2021

Today’s guest is Mark Bell, a facilitator for SMART Recovery Australia and he shares his story of drug and alcohol over use and how the SMART Recovery meetings helped him to get back into control of his life and give back to his community.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
8/26/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Lyn on 19AUG2021

Lyn grew up with parents who had come from alcoholic families themselves and was the youngest member of a large family. She had a happy childhood but that all changed when she moved interstate with her parents when she started secondary school.  A bit of a rebel, Lyn had her first drink in a pub when she was in her early teens. She loved the effect of alcohol and “was never able to have just two drinks – ever”. Alcoholism is a progressive illness and Lyn’s drinking increased, she enjoyed it less and suffered guilt and remorse as she watched her family suffer as a consequence.  Her sister asked her to go to two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as she knew one wouldn’t be enough.  Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members, Lyn lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly and started to participate in society 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.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFreeShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate--------------------------------------ooo000ooo----------------------------------------FEARLESS NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON PTSD 2021 - 24 & 25 August The second FearLess National Conversation on PTSD will bring together the full spectrum of the community who are impacted by, works with or cares for those living with PTSD.  In recognition of the difficult time for many individuals, FearLess has made the decision to offer free registration to any Australian wishing to attend the National Conversation on PTSD 2021 – an online event. See here for more details. This award-winning event is recognised for delivering outcomes for those working with or suffering from PTSD.To be held as an online event in 2021 to ensure accessibility and inclusivity for our entire community, the event will take place on  24 & 25 August 2021 and be delivered by a fully interactive and secure online platform called OnAir.--------------------------------------ooo000ooo----------------------------------------
8/19/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Hannah on 12AUG2021

Hannah shares her story of developing a gambling habit through arcade games, pokies, TAB betting and then on casino tables. It provides an insight into gambling addiction and her eventual recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. Hannah also shares about the effect of alcohol, “I realized that if I’d drink then I’d gamble” and on her young son, “on his Fisher-Price toy telephone he wouldn’t say hello, he’d just quote my TAB betting phone account number.”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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show bysubscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate​​​​​​​--------------------------------------ooo000ooo----------------------------------------FEARLESS NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON PTSD 2021 - 24 & 25 AugustThe second FearLess National Conversation on PTSD will bring together the full spectrum of the community who are impacted by, works with or cares for those living with PTSD.  In recognition of the difficult time for many individuals, FearLess has made the decision to offer free registration to any Australian wishing to attend the National Conversation on PTSD 2021 – an online event. See here for more details. This award-winning event is recognised for delivering outcomes for those working with or suffering from PTSD.To be held as an online event in 2021 to ensure accessibility and inclusivity for our entire community, the event will take place on  24 & 25 August 2021 and be delivered by a fully interactive and secure online platform called OnAir.--------------------------------------ooo000ooo----------------------------------------
8/12/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Jacinta on 05AUG2021

CONTENT WARNING: This interview contains themes of suicide that some listeners may find confronting. It is not suitable for young listeners or if you planned to listen to it whilst driving. If this interview does raise issues for you and you need help then you can call LIFELINE on 13 11 14 or BEYOND BLUE on 1300 224 636.Jacinta married a partner whose binge drinking affected her, and her family’s lives but she decided to just live with it. When her eldest son developed alcoholism she could no longer just look the other way and had to watch as his family suffered as a consequence. Jacinta sought help in Al-Anon Family Groups and her son in Alcoholics Anonymous but after 8 years he returned to drinking. With the support of her Al-Anon friends she was able to detach from his disease and assist him without further enabling his alcoholism. Jacinta managed to develop a more independent life for herself but unfortunately her son died before he achieved sobriety again.In Al-Anon Jacinta was able to understand the impact of alcoholism on her family and to acknowledge the part she unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate--------------------------------------ooo000ooo----------------------------------------FEARLESS NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON PTSD 2021 - 24 & 25 AugustThe second FearLess National Conversation on PTSD will bring together the full spectrum of the community who are impacted by, works with or cares for those living with PTSD.  In recognition of the difficult time for many individuals, FearLess has made the decision to offer free registration to any Australian wishing to attend the National Conversation on PTSD 2021 – an online event. See here for more details. This award-winning event is recognised for delivering outcomes for those working with or suffering from PTSD.To be held as an online event in 2021 to ensure accessibility and inclusivity for our entire community, the event will take place on  24 & 25 August 2021 and be delivered by a fully interactive and secure online platform called OnAir.--------------------------------------ooo000ooo----------------------------------------#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
8/5/20210
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SMART Recovery Australia - Matt Woodley on 29JUL2021

Today’s guest is Matt Woodley, an Ambassador for SMART Recovery Australia and he shares his story of drug and alcohol over use and how the SMART Recovery meetings helped him to take control of his addictive behaviours.   To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecoveryYou can help keep the Living Free show on air and help spread the message about recovery by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
7/29/20210
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Jessica and Steve on 22JUL2021

Jessica and Steve have experienced eating disorders from their earlies memories, where food became a treat that they treasured above friendships.  Eating was never an obvious problem to them, but they sought out large quantities of food and treats as part of their everyday lives. Their eating impacted on their work and relationships, and it was not until later in life, after years of food related misery that they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically, and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food. They found that they could have normal (close) relationships when food was not their principal interest.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected], or call in USA on (781) 932 6300 or see their US website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recoveryShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
7/22/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Carol on 15JUL2021

Carol grew up with an alcoholic father and became an alcoholic herself. She describes starting drinking at 12 years old with her father, escaping the alcoholic home in her mid-teens and how alcohol became part of her social fabric. Carol went on to marry an alcoholic and when they separated her drinking took her and her young daughter on an alcohol fuelled journey to despair. After hospitalizations, car accidents and trouble with the law Carol sought help through rehab and found the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Carol lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in society 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.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFreeShow your support for 3CR and Living Free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
7/15/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Ann on 01JUL2021

Ann had an alcoholic father and came into Al-Anon Family Groups after her mum had joined Al-Anon and her dad had joined Alcoholics Anonymous. In this show Ann discusses growing up in a family affected by her dad’s alcoholism and the impact that had on the way she related to the world outside her family. In Al-Anon she was able to understand the impact of alcoholism on her family members and acknowledge the part she unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au for more information.Show your support by donating to 3CR’s annual radiothon https://www.3cr.org.au/donate#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #Shame #Guilt #ChildofAlcoholic
7/1/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Hayley on 24JUN2021

Hayley was the youngest child by about 12 years and grew up in a home where her mum used alcohol regularly. Hayley was a happy kid but became more and more withdrawn after being molested at a friend’s house at an early age. She was unable to communicate her distress and turned from being friendly and outgoing to being repressed and introverted. Hayley started drinking after her first child was born in her early twenties and her drinking led her to be involved in some abusive relationships.Hayley sought help to get into rehab about 5 years ago where she was exposed to Alcoholics Anonymous but couldn’t accept that she was really an alcoholic. She started drinking again and after another 3 years, eventually losing custody of her children, Hayley returned to AA desperate for help. Hayley found the “peace and ease” she had originally got from alcohol was now available without drinking, with the help of her AA friends.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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support by donating to 3CR’s annual radiothon https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/24/20210
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Living Free RADIOTHON - Maya and John on 17JUN2021

June is 3CR's Annual fundraising Radiothon month - give generously to support 3CR.Maya and John share aspects of their recovery stories and talk about the importance of 3CR to get their fellowship’s message of hope out to the community.We also raise funds to keep 3CR on air for another year and mention the generous donations from the listening public. We had three generous donations of over $500 donations from Alec Gerrick, Anonymous (from Sorrento) and Peter Fitzgerald, plus a very generous corporate donation of over $1,000 from Cookers Bulk Oils.  In total we had 24 donors and by the end of the show we had raised a total of $4,130, well in excess of our target of $1,500.  Many thanks to all of our donors for their continued support for the Living Free show.Show your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to Living Free’s 2021 3CR Radiothon  https://www.givenow.com.au/crowdraiser/public/3crlivingfree2021radiothon
6/17/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Brenden on 10JUN2021

Brenden shares his gambling journey and insight into his pokies addiction and his recovery through Gamblers Anonymous. He also shares about the effect of the Covid-19 lockdowns on GA meetings in Melbourne and the benefits and shortcomings of meeting over Zoom.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support to the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to Living Free’s 2021 3CR Radiothon  https://www.givenow.com.au/crowdraiser/public/3crlivingfree2021radiothon 
6/10/20210
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SMART Recovery Australia - Josette Freeman on 03JUN2021

Our guest is Josette Freeman, an Ambassador for SMART Recovery Australia and she shares about the SMART Recovery approach and provides insights into the organisation in Australia, explains how SMART Recovery groups work and who can utilize the free recovery program.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for details of meetings and contact information or call them on (02) 9373 5100.#smartrecoveryShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to the 3CR Radiothon https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
6/3/20210
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Narcotics Anonymous - Nathan on 27MAY2021

Nathan grew up in a reasonably happy family, but his dad drank, and his mum was an enabler. He learnt early to influence others and was able to hang out with vastly different groups of friends at school, but he never let anyone get too close. He started drinking at a secondary school function when he was 11 years old, drank to blackout on his first drink but felt totally bulletproof.Nathan’s drinking progressed during his teens and he also tried recreational drugs, but it was while he was in hospital that he got onto prescription drugs and his addiction took off. He went from doctor shopping for prescription pain killers to intravenous drugs and then Ice before his life really fell apart. Nathan went into detox and rehab many times and encountered Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous during his stints in rehab. He ended up homeless when his partner started attending Al-Anon Family Groups and would no longer put up with his behaviour.Nathan was fortunate that a friend helped him into rehab and after about 10 months he was ready to get serious about his recovery in Narcotics Anonymous and he has been clean for just over 1 year. He no longer feels the need to drink, use drugs or smoke and is living free again.If you would like to find out more about Narcotics Anonymous, if you need to talk to somebody then please call 1300 652 820 at any time or go online at www.navic.net.au.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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem, then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Addiction #Recovery #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support by donating to 3CR’s Annual Radiothon https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/27/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - David on 20MAY2021

David grew up in a home where both his parents drank but not too badly. He felt different from other kids at school and quickly drifted to the other kids who were not that interested in school work. David realised the effects of alcohol when he was around 14 years old and that it could make him feel like he was an important part of his peer group. He used marijuana and alcohol intensely over the next 4 years and by 18 yo. he was experiencing psychotic episodes that eventually led to a suicide attempt.David swapped over to using amphetamines for about 9 years during which time he married, used speed with his partner and engaged in family violence. When his partner stopped using drugs, David turned back to alcohol and after 10 years drinking sought help to get into rehab where he was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous. After 4 months he started drinking again and 3 years later he returned to AA, this time he was serious about his recovery. David found the “peace and ease” he had originally got from alcohol was now available without drinking, with the help of his AA friends.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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support by donating to 3CR’s annual radiothon https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/20/20210
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Living Free - Gamblers Anonymous - Terry

Terry shares his gambling journey, starting as a primary school child playing arcade games excessively and ending up playing the pokies in Albury at the end of his teens.  He married and had 3 children before his gambling exacerbated problems in his marriage and he ended up as a single parent living on a pension. Terry could not stop gambling and eventually sought help from Gamblers Anonymous and that enabled him to break the isolation, understand his addiction and address his real gambling problems.After a few years in GA, terry tried to manage his gambling on his own and drifted back to playing Keno while having a meal but realized in time that it was just out of control gambling. He returned to GA about four years ago and has not gambled since.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support for the Living Free show by:subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribeand/or donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
5/13/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Rosemary

Rosemary grew up without active alcoholism in her immediate family but did have a grandfather that was an abusive alcoholic and that affected her mum. Her second husband was an alcoholic and used coercive control to stop her from leaving him. Eventually she sought help and found Al-Anon Family Groups and with support from members at her local meeting Rosemary was able to develop the courage to separate from him and establish a more meaningful life for herself and her family.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolenceShow your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
5/6/20210
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SMART Recovery Australia - Dan

Our guest is Daniel Raffell, the National Program Manager and Trainer at SMART Recovery Australia and he shares his recovery story and explains the SMART Recovery approach and how it has helped him. As the show was pre-recorded Dan shared some additional information that couldn’t be included in the 1 hour segment. This has also been included and is presented as the last 10 minutes of this podcast.To find out more about SMART Recovery Australia visit their website: www.smartrecoveryaustralia.com.au for more details of local meetings and contact information.#smartrecoveryShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/29/20210
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Anna and Frances

Anna and Frances grew up loving lollies and sweetened foods and they spent a lot of their lives dieting to control their weight. Both suffered depression and anxiety and food was a way to cope with not being able to cope with their feelings. Their eating impacted on their work and relationships and it wasn’t until later in life, after years of food related misery that they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recoveryShow your support for 3CR and Living free by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate
4/22/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Ingrid

Ingrid grew up in a home where both her parents drank, and her dad was often angry and unavailable. Being dyslexic, bulimic and a migrant meant that school was not a pleasant experience either.  Ingrid left school at 15 years old and met and subsequently married a man whose drinking was a serious problem. She also binge-drank but did not consider her drinking was problematic. It was not until her late forties that she started to drink daily to cope with the pressures of life and family. Shortly after Ingrid’s husband died and her drinking progressively got worse until she went to a recovery clinic, found out that she was an alcoholic and was introduced to Alcoholics Anonymous. Ingrid has been sober in AA nearly 10 years and also about 2 years in Al-Anon Family Groups, which she joined to help her cope with her daughter’s drug and alcohol problems. 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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support by donating to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/donate 
4/15/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Michael..

Michael shares his gambling journey and how his pokies addiction eventually meant that he would gamble even though he knew he would get found out. He had to get help to save his marriage but found that some help was well meaning but not effective for him.Michael eventually found Gamblers Anonymous and that enabled him to break the isolation, understand his addiction and address his real gambling problems.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe
4/8/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Anthony

Anthony grew up with an alcoholic father and his mum was quite eccentric, so his early family life was dysfunctional. Anthony had a nervous breakdown in his late teens and early twenties and then went on to marry an alcoholic.  After his wife went through a few rehabs, Anthony was encouraged to go to Al-Anon Family Groups to assist his families’ recovery and found that much of his own dysfunction stemmed from growing up in an alcoholic home himself. He stopped going for a while but returned to Al-Anon when his partner recommenced drinking. In Al-Anon Anthony experienced understanding without being criticised or offered advice and benefited from others sharing their lived experience. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolenceShow your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe 
4/1/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Don

Don grew up with an alcoholic father and went on to have a son who became an alcoholic. He did not realize the problems that the family disease of alcoholism caused in his life until he tried to help his son recover through rehab.Don was encouraged to go to Al-Anon Family Groups to assist his son’s recovery and he found that much of his own dysfunction stemmed from growing up in an alcoholic home himself. He carried the same “isms” into his life and ended up living his life much like his dad, except he did not drink. Al-Anon helped Don to trust others and to develop deeper relationships with his family. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your parent's drinking then Adult Children of Alcoholics could help you. Email them at [email protected] or see their website acoasydney.com.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolence
3/25/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Lisa

Lisa grew up in a home where her parents were separated, and her mum drank. She took on responsibility for her mum at a young age, deciding never to become an alcoholic herself. Lisa drank socially in her twenties and realized that although she drank like her friends, she did setup opportunities where she could drink alcohol. It all changed seemingly overnight when she had children and Lisa became dependent on her daily drink, often went to work with a hangover and started to think about cutting down her alcohol intake.Lisa realized that she could no longer control when and how much she drank and had suicidal thoughts as she tried in vain to stop drinking.  Eventually she sought help in Alcoholics Anonymous when all around her did not believe she was an alcoholic.  Lisa lost the desire for alcohol quickly, started being honest and to participate in family and society again. She has been sober in AA for over four 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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #Family #LivingFreeShow your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe
3/18/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ram.

Ram shares his gambling journey and how his addiction eventually meant that he would reach for his phone first thing each morning to gamble on online slot machines. Ram found it very difficult to stop gambling particularly when he was being offered money to gamble by online casinos.Ram eventually found Gamblers Anonymous and realizing the importance of his recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and how that enabled him to break the isolation and address his real problems.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GAShow your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe
3/11/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Rita

Rita grew up with a lot of dysfunction in her home as her parents were both alcoholics. Growing up in a migrant family and feeling a little rebellious Rita became a recreational drug and alcohol user in her late teens and early twenties. Her dad stopped drinking but her mum struggled with giving up. After lots of therapy she found recovery after spending some time in Alcoholics Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics and Al-Anon Family Groups.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your parent's drinking then Adult Children of Alcoholics could help you. Email them at [email protected] or see their website acoasydney.com.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolenceShow your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe
3/4/20210
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Samantha and Rosanne

Samantha and Rosanne grew up loving lollies (candy) and sweetened foods and they spent a lot of their lives dieting to control their weight. Both suffered depression and anxiety and food was a way to cope with not being able to express their feelings. Their eating impacted on their work and relationships and eventually they found 12th Step recovery fellowships that helped them to cope better.But it wasn’t until later in life, after years of food related misery that they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recoveryShow your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe
2/25/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jane.

Jane grew up in a home where both her parents drank and her brother also went on to develop drug and alcohol dependence.  Jane craved attention and started drinking at around 13-14 years old and continued drinking for many years. Initially it was with her boyfriend (then husband) at parties but as she settled down and had a daughter her drinking was pretty much every day and to blackout. She found that she needed to drink to be able to cope with work pressures and home life monotony.Eventually her drinking caused problems at home and work and Jane was offered help to get into rehab by her mum but found help in Alcoholics Anonymous through an old girlfriend.  Early AA meetings had the same effect as alcohol had in the early days, a euphoric out-of-body experience. Jane lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in family and society again. She has been sober in AA for over seven 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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.Show your support by subscribing to 3CR https://www.3cr.org.au/subscribe #Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #Family #LivingFree
2/18/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Grant

Grant shares his journey of gambling and where it took him, the damage done to his relationships and his search for the reasons why he sought solace in gambling in the first place.Grant found Gamblers Anonymous but drifted away and returned to gambling before realizing the importance of his recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and how that enabled him to break the isolation and address his real problems.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
2/11/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Chrissy

Chrissy grew up with a lot of dysfunction in her home and her parents separated when she was quite young. She went on to marry and alcoholic and have two children but left the marriage due to his drinking. She found herself attracted to another alcoholic and his daughter helped Chrissy find help and recovery in Al-Anon Family Groups.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolence
2/4/20210
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Brigid and John

Brigid and John both grew up on the New South Wales coast and were actively involved in the beach culture as children.  They had addictions in their family backgrounds and struggled with weight and body image. They loved sugar products, had difficulty in relationships due to their food obsessions and did not understand that their weight problems were related to the type of foods that they were attracted to as children. Later in life, after years of food related misery they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recovery
1/28/20210
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Steve..

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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
1/21/20210
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Gamblers Anonymous - Tim.

Tim shares his journey from underage gambling in the TAB on the horses, trots or dogs, anything that would produce a quick result. He became a compulsive liar to hide his gambling and was eventually gambling alone, with his fortnightly pay packet gone within a few hours of receiving it.Tim tried getting help just to please others but that didn’t work for him. Tim found Gamblers Anonymous but thought that he was better than them and went on to relapse again for 18 months. Now he’s clean and has been back in GA for 60 days and wants to stay away from gambling for good.  Tim talks about recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and how important it is to be honest in his close relationships.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
1/14/20210
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Robert

Robert grew up with an alcoholic mum and his parents separated when he was quite young. Rejected by his mum in his early teens Robert went on to become a compulsive gambler and eventually found help in Gamblers Anonymous.To deal with effects of the family disease of alcoholism he joined Al-Anon Family Groups and began working on his resentments, which he discovered, were initiated by his fear and guilt. He began developing trust and honesty and managed to reconnect with his family and friends.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolence
1/7/20210
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Narcotics Anonymous - Jesse

Jesse was a small kid and always felt scared and lonely. He was bullied at school and eventually turned to alcohol and then drugs in his early teens as they made him feel bigger and more powerful.His drinking and drug use progressed, adversely affecting his work and ruining his close relationships. His mum was a significant influence in him seeking help when all seemed lost when he was in his mid-20’s. Jesse was fortunate to get into a 12th step drug rehab during the coronavirus lockdown. There he found Narcotics Anonymous and he now has over 90 days clean and intends for it to stay that way.If you’re having problems with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au to find someone to talk to or search for meetings.
12/31/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Olivia and Dean

Olivia and Dean both lived for years not understanding that their weight problem was related to the type of foods that they were attracted to as children. Later in life, after years of food related misery they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). They discovered the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call in Australia on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recovery
12/24/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Carol

Carol grew up with an alcoholic father and became an alcoholic herself. She describes starting drinking at 12 years old with her father, escaping the alcoholic home in her mid-teens and how alcohol became part of her social fabric. Carol went on to marry an alcoholic and when they separated her drinking took her and her young daughter on an alcohol fuelled journey to despair. After hospitalizations, car accidents and trouble with the law Carol sought help through rehab and found the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and with the help of AA members Carol lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in society 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.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
12/17/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Jay.

Jay talks about recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and how important it was to be honest with those around him and to quickly admit when he had a bust and returned to gambling for a short period.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
12/10/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Jane and Shay

Jane and Shay both lived for years not understanding that their weight problem was related to the type of foods that they were attracted to as children. Later in life, after years of unsuccessful dieting and seeking help in other 12th Step fellowships they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). Jane and Shay found the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recovery
11/26/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Danny

Danny grew up in a religious family without any drinking but he and his brother developed drinking problems and his sisters developed anorexia.  He wasn’t particularly good at school and turned to drinking in his mid-teens and sought out pubs that tolerated underage drinking.  Danny found alcohol numbed his social anxiety and he went on to marry an alcoholic and have kids in his early twenties.Danny went to Al-Anon Family Groups to help him cope with his wife’s drinking and many years later realized that he too was an alcoholic. Understanding the disease concept of alcoholism and the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous members helped him to surrender for the first time in his life. Danny lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in society 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.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
11/19/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Robert

Content Warning This podcast contains comments about suicidal thoughts and mental health/illness that may be distressing to some listeners. If this raises questions or causes distress please call Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).Robert had a pretty difficult life as a child, both parents were drinkers and into gambling and drugs. His parents separated when he was at secondary school and he left school early to escape the social stigma.Robert was introduced to underage gambling as a 12 year-old and he went on to develop a pokies habit in his mid-twenties. He eventually gambled away the family home before becoming homeless and suicidal. Robert eventually found help through Gamblers Anonymous and after white-knuckling it for about six months he eventually got honest, changed his values and built a contented life without needing to gamble.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
11/12/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Louise and Jane

Louise and Jane grew up in alcoholic families; had low self-esteem and each went on to marry an alcoholic.  Louise’s first husband’s was abusive and her second husband’s drinking escalated and he too became violent and abusive.  Jane tried to curb her husband’s drinking but eventually became furious and lost respect for him.Louise and Jane were advised that Al-Anon Family Groups could help them but they initially put it off and then just used Al-Anon to try and control the drinking.  Eventually they were able to understand the impact of alcoholism had on their family and to acknowledge the part they unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism. They are now happy to be long-time members of Al-Anon and enjoying life to the fullest.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #DomesticViolence
11/5/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Gillian and Julie

Gillian and Julie both grew up in New Zealand in families affected by alcoholism. Both went on to marry alcoholics and then separate from them.Gillian and Julie found help in Al-Anon Family Groups and discovered people who understood their situation. They were able to understand the impact of alcoholism had on their extended family and to acknowledge the part they unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
10/29/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Natalie and Sarah

Natalie and Sarah both lived for years not understanding that their weight problem was related to the type of foods that they were attracted to as children. Later in life, after years of unsuccessful dieting and seeking help in other 12th Step fellowships they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). Natalie and Sarah found the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recovery
10/22/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Steve.

Steve was a smart arse at school, grew up with an older brother and loving parents and an alcoholic uncle. He got his first taste of alcohol in primary school but it wasn’t until his early teens that he started underage drinking, setting out to get drunk. By the rime he as twenty his drinking and drug use had rendered him unemployable and he lived as a derelict in Melbourne. He sought help through his parents and got into Alcoholics Anonymous but continued taking drugs and eventually also got into Narcotics Anonymous where he found that alcohol and drugs were equally toxic to him.Both fellowships enabled him to give up drugs and alcohol and start living and participating in society 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.If you’re having problems with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
10/15/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Paul

Paul had a pretty difficult life as a child and was brought up by his Grandmother, who was an active gambler. He left school early and started underage gambling and drinking in his teens. Gambling became a central part of his life and led Paul to engage in crime to meet his gambling debts, eventually he ended up with suicidal thoughts.  He found help from Gamblers Anonymous through a psychiatric hospital and he took six months leave to focus on his recovery. Paul got serious and embraced the 12 steps, got honest, changed his values and built a contented life without needing to gamble.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.#Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
10/8/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Jennifer and Del

Jennifer was a shy kid and her dad was a war veteran and an alcoholic. She left home in her mid-teens, got tangled up with a drinker and married him.  Jennifer’s husband became abusive so she escaped with her two children. She came to Al-Anon Family Groups to assist her daughter and grandchildren as her daughter’s drinking became a serious problem.Del grew up in rural Queensland and both her parents had an alcoholic parent. She moved to a capital city for Uni and met and married a charismatic alcoholic. His drinking deteriorated and after many geographicals he too became violent so she separated, taking the kids with her. Del returned home and her mum suggested Al-Anon.In Al-Anon Jennifer and Del found people who understood their situation and were able to understand the impact of alcoholism on their extended family and acknowledge the part they unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.Jennifer and Del also discussed Al-Anon’s participation in the virtual 2020 AA National Convention in Toowoomba from 2nd – 4th October 2020.  For details see https://www.aanatcon2020.com.au/ for online registration details.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
10/1/20200
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Alex Gerrick CEO of FearLess Outreach

 Alex suffered multiple events in his life that contributed towards his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but it was hearing a close friend recall their story as a rape victim that led him to experience overwhelming fear.  He tried to hide the effect PTSD was having on his life while building a successful career, but he was suffering in isolation when no one was watching.Alex sought counselling and was diagnosed with PTSD and found recovery. He is now CEO of Fearless Outreach, an organisation dedicated to improving the knowledge around the illness called PTSD.If you think that you or someone close to you is affected by PTSD then check out the Fearless website fearless.org.au#Recovery #PTSD #LivingFree #FearLess
9/24/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jo

Jo grew up in a disadvantaged family and had little support from her single mum. She discovered alcohol in her mid-teens and found it a good way to solve her social anxiety. Initially Jo loved the effect but didn’t like the taste of alcohol and it wasn’t until her late twenties that drinking became a problem as she used it to cope with life and work. Her drinking progressed and then she found cold medicine and smoking dope helped her dull the pain of living. Jo first found help in Narcotics Anonymous but Alcoholics Anonymous was recommended to her by a friend. She found the first 3 years in AA difficult and drank on and off before getting a sponsor and tackling the 12 Steps in earnest. She has been sober in AA for 19 years now and enjoys plenty of support from AA friends.  Her mental health and personal relationships are both improving beyond her wildest dreams.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
9/17/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Kevin

Kevin came from a pretty poor family, had dyslexia and left school in his mid-teens. He drifted into gambling with an older friend in a rooming house. It was exciting to gamble and allowed him to escape from reality. At first it was horse racing but eventually Kevin fell for the pokies and that’s when it started to really impact his life.  A trip to hospital related to stress exposed his debts and he sought help from Gamblers Anonymous but it was really just to please his wife. After a few years of occasional abstinence, not taking GA too seriously, he did more damage in 10 months on the pokies than he had done in the previous 30 years.  Kevin went back to GA and decided to get serious and do the 12 steps and really get recovery. He got a sponsor, got honest, changed his values and built a contented life without needing to gamble.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.#Pokies #Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
9/10/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Margaret

Margaret grew up on a farm and her dad was a binge drinker and drinking was common in her friends and extended family. She married early, had two children and her husband had a slow progression into alcoholism after being retrenched from work. Margaret suffered increasing anxiety and after seeking medical assistance she found help in Al-Anon Family Groups through her hairdresser. In Al-Anon Margaret was able to understand the impact of alcoholism on her extended family and acknowledge the part she unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #ChildofAlcoholic
9/3/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Therese and Faye

Therese and Faye both lived for years not understanding that their weight problem was related to the type of foods that they were attracted to as children. Later in life, after years of unsuccessful dieting and seeking help in multiple 12th Step fellowships they found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). Therese and Faye found the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to foods based on sugar and flour and excess eating.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, also known as FA is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience and mutual support, are recovering from the disease of food addiction. People who find help in FA vary greatly: some were obese, underweight, and bulimic. Some tried diets, exercise, therapy, support groups or in-patient treatment programs without success. FA is free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating addictively.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts  #food   #recovery
8/27/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Paul

Paul was painfully shy as a teenager and found that alcohol solved his anxiety problems but as he couldn’t stop drinking it created a new set of problems. He eventually started using drugs as alcohol was too messy for his life.  Paul was addicted to Valium for about 8 years and when he came off Valium he went back to alcohol and drugs to manage his anxiety, before having a breakdown and with help managed to get into rehab. He found Alcoholics Anonymous through rehab and has been in AA recovery for 3 years now. Paul has re-established contact with family and friends, is back into fitness and enjoys plenty of support from AA friends.  His mental health and personal relationships are both improving beyond his wildest dreams and he now has contact with his kids.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
8/20/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ange

Ange discusses how her gambling progressed from playing the pokies while on a road trip with her boyfriend into playing the pokies regularly and then turning to compulsive addiction to online social media games.  She found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and after two years today has now built a contented life without needing to gamble. GA helps gamblers to understand and overcome their addiction to gambling.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.#Online #Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
8/13/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Christine

Christine grew up in a family where her dad drank, had an abusive first marriage and then married an alcoholic who was a binge drinker.  After difficulties in her second marriage Christine found help in Al-Anon Family Groups from time to time but it was some time later when she was really desperate that she came back for good. In Al-Anon Christine was able to understand the impact of alcoholism on her extended family and acknowledge the part she unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #ChildofAlcoholic
8/6/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Yaakov

Yaakov discusses how his gambling progressed from playing the pokies underage at a local pub to becoming a serious problem in his life before he turned 18. It affected his school, work, family and personal life.  He found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and after many years and a few busts has now built a contented life without needing to gamble. GA helps gamblers to understand and overcome their addiction to gambling.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.#Underage #Gambling #Addict #Recovery #GA
7/30/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Mary and Margot

Mary and Margot both found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) following many years in multiple 12th Step fellowships and found the discipline and support that they needed after years of addiction to food.  Their lives changed dramatically and they found that they could live in freedom from their obsession with food.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.#addicts #food #recovery
7/23/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Zoey

Content Warning This podcast contains comments about sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts and mental health/illness that may be distressing to some listeners. If this raises questions or causes distress please call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).Zoey started drinking around 14 years old and went off the rails during year 12 at high school.  Although drinking heavily she managed to graduate Uni and work in a profession that encouraged social drinking.  After 10 years of very heavy drinking, many alcoholic blackouts and loss of friends and relationships Zoey sought the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, although she thought that they might be a cult. Now six-months sober and in COVID-19 restriction times her life and her mental health are both improving beyond her wildest dreams.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
7/16/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Michael.

Michael discusses how his gambling started during a marriage breakdown and morphed from a social escape to become a significant problem in his life. It affected his work, family and personal life.  He found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous and after many years and a few busts has now built a contented life without needing to gamble. GA helps gamblers to understand and overcome their addiction to gambling.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.
7/9/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Brenda and Celeste

Note: this interview was originally recorded on 02 March 2017 in the 3CR studio but this is the first time that it has been podcast.Brenda had separated from her alcoholic husband for 13 years before a friend suggested she go to Al-Anon Family Groups. Celeste sought help in Al-Anon when she was concerned about her boyfriend’s drinking and she later realized that her father was also an alcoholic.In Al-Anon Brenda and Celeste were able to understand the impact of alcoholism on their family and acknowledge the part they unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery #Depression #Anxiety #ChildofAlcoholic 
7/2/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - T'Mara and Jan

Note: this interview was originally recorded on 17 August  2017 in the 3CR studio but this is the first time that it has been podcast.T'Mara started drinking around 12 years old and was a daily drinker by the time she was 17. Her drinking progressed and it wasn’t until she had a major car accident that she hit rock-bottom and sought help through rehab and found Alcoholics Anonymous.Jan hardly drank till her late thirties, starting with a wine while cooking dinner but progressed over the next 10 years to daily drinking and blackouts. She tried to limit her drinking without success and contacted AA for help.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous #LivingFree
6/25/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Chrissy and Michael

Note: this interview was originally recorded on 29 June 2017 in the 3CR studio but this is the first time that it has been podcast.Chrissy and Michael had a pretty tough start to life, both had one alcoholic parent and their parents separated when they were quite young. Chrissy started drinking at 14 years old and she enjoyed the effect of alcohol from the start, often just existing between drinks. Michael was similar, starting drinking around 13 years old and quickly realized that the first drink changed his world but he couldn’t stop at 3 drinks.Chrissy stopped drinking after her twins were born and got into Alcoholics Anonymous through rehab and has been sober now for over 6 years.  Michael’s doctor recommended rehab and Michael started going to AA just to get out of rehab. He has been sober for over 9 years now.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.#Recovery #Alcoholism #Anonymous
6/18/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Yvonne and John

Yvonne and John discuss how their gambling progressed from a social enjoyment to become a problem in their lives. Both ended up stealing money and losing jobs because of their gambling.  Both found recovery in Gamblers Anonymous many years ago and are now involved helping gamblers to understand and overcome their addiction to gambling.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.#Recovery #Gambling #Anonymous
6/11/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Ann

Ann had an alcoholic father and it came into Al-Anon Family Groups after her mum joined Al-Anon, her dad joined Alcoholics Anonymous and her siblings joined Alateen.  In Al-Anon Ann was able to understand the impact of alcoholism on the family members and acknowledge the part she unconsciously played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery#Depression #Anxiety #ChildofAlcoholic
6/4/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon - Gail and Steve

Steve and Gail had alcoholic fathers, went on to become alcoholics themselves and had a close relationship with another alcoholic.Gail joined Alcoholics Anonymous and has been in AA for over 30 years now and she joined Al-Anon Family Groups to help her deal with an alcoholic relationship. In Al-Anon she came to understand alcoholism as a family disease and realized that her childhood was badly affected by her dad’s alcoholism.Steve joined Al-Anon at the suggestion of his recovering alcoholic wife and realized how much his dad’s drinking had adversely affected him. In Al-Anon he also grasped that his own drinking was frequently causing him problems and affecting his son’s life. Steve joined AA to address his alcoholism and now has a great balance in his life in both fellowships. He has been sober in AA for over 9 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 someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.#Alcoholism #Al-Anon #Recovery
5/28/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Kerrie

Kerrie had a pretty tough start to life, losing her mum at two years old, being fostered out for a while and then having to contend with an abusive step-mother. Her dad was an alcoholic as well and her siblings all developed drug, alcohol and mental disorders. Kerrie started drinking at 15 but it was the arrival of her first child at 24 that set her on a path of excessive drinking. Fifteen years later she turned to Alcoholics Anonymous for support, but was not really interested is stopping drinking. Eventually, after a six-month stint in rehab Kerrie had more time sober than ever before and decided that she wanted to keep it that way. She’d found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous and has been sober in AA for over 9 months now.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.
5/21/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Chris

Chris’s life looked great from the outside and his results at school were excellent but anxiety had a dreadful hold in his latter High school years.  Isolation and mental illness compounded his situation and he turned to gambling as a form of escape, only to become addicted. Chris admitted his gambling problems after just one year but it took him 20 years to finally accept the help he needed in Gamblers Anonymous to recover. He has been in and out of GA a few times and now realizes that he can’t do it alone without the help of his GA friends.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has 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.
5/14/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Di and Yvonne

Di and Yvonne are Al-Anon Family Group members and they share their experience with the effects of the family disease of alcoholism and how attending Al-Anon Family Groups meetings helped them.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
5/7/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Brenden

Brenden grew up in very loving family environment unaffected by drugs, alcohol or gambling.  However, he sought escape from life’s responsibilities through gambling.When his gambling was exposed Brenden realized that getting help was crucial to saving his relationship to his wife, son and extended family.  He sought help through Gamblers Anonymous and in this podcast shares about the challenges he has faced in the first year of not gambling with the help of GA members.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
4/30/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Anne and Alice

Anne found recovery in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) in desperation after years of using food for comfort and becoming disconnected from family and friends. After 6 years in FA Anne’s thinking about food has changed, she has lost weight, got a job and her mood has improved.Alice came into Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous in her early twenties and has been in the program for over seven years.  Her years spent searching for the solution to her eating problem ended when she found FA and realized that she was addicted to food. Alice’s life has changed dramatically and she no longer lives in fear.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.
4/23/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Christina and Jeff

Jeff had a pretty easy start to life but found alcohol and drugs in his mid-teens. He didn’t like the taste of alcohol initially but enjoyed the effect. Alcohol was part of his early working life and drugs and alcohol played a large part in his social life as well. Jeff knew that he drank differently but couldn’t stop; eventually his drinking affected his job and relationships.  He found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous and has been in AA for over 13 years now.Christina had a very difficult childhood, including domestic abuse and violence. She left school in her mid-teens and tried alcohol a few years later. She didn’t like the taste of alcohol initially and certainly didn’t enjoy the way it affected her.  Christina married early and found having young children made her situation worse. Her second husband was abusive and her drinking increased and her mental health suffered. A friend who was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous helped her into recovery and Christina feels that AA really saved her life.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.
4/16/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Drew

Drew started gambling in his mid-teens, starting out with a small bet on a horse, graduated to other sporting events and eventually it snowballed into gambling on virtually anything. He started gambling to fill a void in his life and it seeped into every aspect of his life and he was unable to separate gambling from his work, family and social activities. Drew started looking for help when he got found out by his mum and she recommended that he seek treatment. He found help and understanding in Gamblers Anonymous but recovery didn’t come easily. He has been in and out of GA a few times and now realizes that he can’t do it alone without the help of his GA friends.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has 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.
4/9/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Merilee and Alice

Replay of a show originally recorded on 6th April 2017 and not previously podcast.Merilee and Alice are Al-Anon Family Group members and they share their experience with the effects of the family disease of alcoholism and how attending Al-Anon Family Groups meetings helped them.Jude is a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and she was the host of Living Free show for over 5 years before she left for Queensland in early April 2017 and left Bill to run the show.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
4/2/20200
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Narcotics Anonymous - Jimmy and Julian

Living Free - talking with Jimmy and Julian about recovery from compulsive addiction through Narcotics Anonymous.If you’re having problems with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
3/26/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Chris and Dave

Dave grew up and found that he couldn’t handle alcohol like his friends, he drank too much and did dangerous things. Dave knew that he drank differently but couldn’t stop; eventually his drinking started to affect his job and marriage.  He found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous and Dave has been in AA for over 23 years now.Chris grew up in a pretty normal home but around 14 years old discovered alcohol and drank to get drunk.  She found that unlike others she couldn’t control her drinking. Chris started a family in her early 20’s and was able to stop drinking for a few years but eventually returned to the bottle. Chris’ marriage to an active alcoholic ended and her drinking really got a lot worse. The local members of Alcoholics Anonymous helped her into recovery and Chris has made some great friends there and feels that it really saved her life.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.
3/19/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous – James and Christine

James already had a drug addiction under control through NA before he drifted into playing the pokies with a friend. An initial win was all it took to get him to start chasing another big win.  James worked for weeks on remote construction sites but found that it didn’t matter how much he had saved it all went on the pokies once he returned home. He really just wanted enough to buy a ute and visit his family interstate but ended up losing enough to but himself a small plane. A friend from NA convinced him to go to Gamblers Anonymous and James was finally able to stop gambling. He has been stopped for nearly 6 months.Christine started gambling with her partner as a social outing but they both lost much more than they could afford on the pokies. Suffering from a mental illness exacerbated her situation but she was able to stop gambling for over three years before returning to play the pokies. Christine contacted the Gamblers Anonymous hotline and has been going to GA for over 10 years but has had many breaks. This time she hasn’t gambled for 13 days and finds the support from her friends in GA to be invaluable..If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has 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.
3/12/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Anne and Bethy

Anne was an overactive kid and would have been classified as ADHD these days. She struggled at school but went on to become a teacher. Anne married early and realized that her husband had a drinking problem as she started a family. As her husband worked less Anne worked more and the inevitable fights over money and family became worse. First a doctor recommended Al-Anon Family Groups and then six years later a counsellor convinced Anne to try it for herself. On the second try she accepted that she couldn’t beat the bottle, became much calmer, was able to relax and get her life into perspective and is still a member after 30 years.Bethy had a very difficult childhood, coming from a broken home and living with her grandparents for some time. Eventually moving back with her mother Bethy found it hard to cope and moved out of home in her mid-teens and went on to a career in nursing. She twice married an alcoholic, firstly a violent drunk and left with her 5-year old daughter and then met prince charming, who also happened to be an alcoholic and stuck it out for ages before also leaving.  It wasn’t until her daughter suffered drug and alcohol problems that she hit rock-bottom and sought help and was directed to Al-Anon. It saved her life and after 3 years she also realized that her ex-husbands were alcoholic.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
3/5/20200
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Overeaters Anonymous - Louise

Louise grew up in a small loving family and had no issues in her early life except a fondness for food. She felt like a bit of an outsider but appeared to fit in and was very distracted around food.  Louise pinched food, and money to buy food as a child and her eating became particularly problematic when she started work, left home and got a car.Eventually, food dominated her life and looking for help she contacted Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and found that she wasn’t terminally unique – there were plenty of other problem eaters out in the world. Now her life is much better, she loves sharing her experience with others and has developed a much saner relationship with food and eating.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Overeaters Anonymous could help you. Email them at [email protected] or see their website oa.org.au/meetings.
2/27/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Steve

Steve grew up with an alcoholic mum and an older brother who drank. Both found recovery Alcoholics Anonymous early in his life and were instrumental in helping him to feel comfortable in eventually seeking help in AA. Steve started drinking around 12 year old then continued getting into trouble through drugs and alcohol in his teens. His drinking exacerbated his fear of mental health problems and he only realized that his drinking was a problem when he was in AA.  Steve has been in AA for over 28 years now, has made some great friends there and feels that it really saved his life.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.
2/20/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - John and Ian

John grew up surrounded by alcoholism and gambling from a very young age and sought escape from life’s responsibilities through gambling. He chose TAB betting on horses and dogs and found that his gambling led to a second life hidden from family and friends.  Eventually John had to admit it to his family, sought help through Gamblers Anonymous and after five years had a 3 year bust but was eventually able to quit gambling. Once he felt hopeless but with the help of GA members John now have every reason to live life to the fullest.Ian started gambling on sport and racing in his mid-teens and continued till he had nothing 22 years later. Coming to Gamblers Anonymous he found people just like himself, who actually cared about his wellbeing, like a real family.  Ian found that abstaining completely and attending GA meetings regularly enabled him to break free of the gambling compulsion, regain control of his live again and has now abstained from gambling for 22 years.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has 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.
2/13/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Wilma and Robyn

Apologies,  due to 3CR technical issues I'm not able to successfully load the podcast for this week's show. Unfortunately also the audio file of the broadcast show is also unavailable on the living free webpage due to 3CR technical reasons as it has not automatically updated and last week's show is persisting.  I will discuss these issues with 3CR programming on Monday 10th Feb 2020 and then try and resolve the podcast problem.---------------------------ooo000ooo-------------------------------Wilma grew up in a close loving family and met and married a drinker when she was 20 years old. His drinking wasn’t a problem until gradually the alcohol took hold and the husband that she adored turned into a greedy, argumentative person. Wilma tried to control his drinking but to no avail and on an overseas trip in her fifties she befriended an Al-Anon member and learnt all about alcoholism and its effect on the drinker’s family. Returning home she joined Al-Anon Family Groups and as the alcoholic continued drinking she found that her life started to improve. Wilma realized that she could detach from him and address her behaviour, which was also problematic.Robyn grew up in a happy teetotal family that included her grandfather, who had previously had a drinking problem. She discovered alcohol and a different society when she went to university and mixed with many heavy drinkers. It wasn’t till Robyn was in her fifties that she met and married a sober alcoholic and attended AA with him, only to find that her life was slowly unravelling. Advised to go to Al-Anon, Robyn soon realised how much she had adapted to his life and become co-dependent and enmeshed. Al-Anon helped her to improve her confidence and get back her own life.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
2/6/20200
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Overeaters Anonymous - Sam

Sam grew up in a small loving family but had to move around a lot in his early life for his parents work. As a result he felt like a bit of an outsider, didn’t enjoy school much and found comfort in eating on his own. Sam felt varying degrees of anxiety and depression and even felt suicidal during his teens before gaining his independence with a car, a job and multiple attempts at Uni. Co-dependent relationships gave him some stability for a while before causing him more problems and he began to lose himself in comfort eating. About one year ago Sam’s mum suggested that he contact Overeaters Anonymous (OA) where he found that he wasn’t terminally unique – there were plenty of other problem eaters out in the world. Now his life is wonderful, he can share his experience with others and has developed a sane relationship with food and eating.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Overeaters Anonymous could help you. Email them at [email protected] or see their website oa.org.au/meetings.
1/30/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Abbie and Joan

Abbie grew up in a large family with parents affected by trauma. Her early life was tough and school was a respite from the emotional upheaval occurring at home.  Food became an issue in High School and her reaction was to use it to overcome her fear and anxiety. From Abbie’s late teens her food obsession caused her problems in life, eventually leading to suicidal feelings and reaching out for help. She found 12th Step programs that helped her cope at least for a while. Eventually Abbie heard about Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) and she met others coping with her seemingly insurmountable problem with sugar and flour products. Initially scared of the disciple involved Abbie was eventually able to overcome her obsession with food and develop a normal attitude to eating and living again.Joan was a sensitive youngest child, felt anxious and self-conscious, and eventually started using her food and eating to get attention. In High School she lost control of her eating, started to gain weight and suffer mood swings.  It wasn’t till she was married and expecting her first child that she could no longer live with how her eating had affected her life.  FA helped Joan to find the solution to her food obsession, get some structure into her life, swap vanity for sanity and enjoy her family relationships.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.
1/23/20200
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Carol and Peter

Carol grew up in a family affected by her dad’s drinking and violent behaviour. Feeling like the black sheep of the family she started drinking around 12 years old - alcohol changed her perception of reality and she only wanted to drink if she could get drunk. Alcohol led to considerable problems in Carol’s life causing her to do many things that she later regretted. She was in and out of rehab and detox centres over 18 times before she found the safety of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that changed her life. Nearly 30 years sober now she remembers back to when she couldn’t stay sober for even 30 minutes.Peter also grew up in dysfunction with a dad that drank and physically abused the family, leaving him with low self-esteem, scared and scarred.  He too turned to alcohol around 12 years old and alcohol solved all his problems, squashed all his feelings and made him fearless.  Drinking took its toll on Peter and he first sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous in his early thirties, he lasted six years before leaving. Some 20 years later an AA friend helped him back into the fellowship and he’s now been sober in AA for 15 months.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.
1/16/20200
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Gamblers Anonymous - Ram

Ram had a pretty normal family childhood growing up and he worked in the family business after he left school. Becoming frustrated with family after a few years he turned to using alcohol and smoking weed occasionally to get some relief.  Ram also started trading shares and then foreign exchange before turning to pokies and online gambling to address his building anxiety.Things took a turn for the worse when he had a very big win on online pokies but after deciding to stop gambling Ram lost the lot in one six-hour online pokies session. After further losses he realized that he couldn’t stop himself from gambling, accepted that he was addicted and sought help from Gamblers Anonymous.  Listening to other gamblers share their stories at GA Ram soon realized that he too could quit gambling and has been able to stay stopped for four months and to want to help other gamblers quit too.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has 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.
1/9/20200
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Annette and Silvana

Annette grew up with an alcoholic grandfather and her siblings went on to have drug and alcohol problems. Her boyfriend drank but it wasn’t till they were married and had two children that she found it harder to cope with his drinking. Annette’s husband got sober through rehab but when he started using drugs she lost her compassion for him. When she was introduced to Al-Anon Family Groups her life started to improve as she realized that she could detach from him and address her behaviour, which was also part of the problem.Silvana grew up in a European migrant family that struggled to feel at home in Australia. Moving often and spending her teens back in Europe she had few friends, low self-esteem and was insecure. Silvana married into a family of drinkers and her new husband was an angry drunk. She was scared but bottled up the anger and through her husband’s boss was introduced to Al-Anon. Eventually Silvana managed to get up enough courage to leave her husband but drifted away from Al-Anon, only to return when her son started to use Ice.  Although he is not in recovery she can still love and accept her son by using the tools of Al-Anon. If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
1/2/20200
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Louise and Violet

Louise grew up on a farm, developed food allergies and started controlling what she ate from an early age. She started drinking in her early teens and started to use exercise, diets and purging as a mechanism to control her weight. Alcohol was an early problem and Louise found some relief in AA but then found that her obsession with food became a major concern and she joined OA. Experiencing weight gain/loss of up to 15 Kgs at a time prompted her to seek further help and she found Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA). Louise was finally been able to overcome her obsession with food and develop a normal attitude to food, eating and living again.Violet was a sensitive and shy girl who experienced social isolation at school and was concerned about her body shape by mid-teens. She started controlling what she ate, used diet substitute food and went on to develop digestive problems.  Violet’s problems with food continued through her pregnancies, experiencing large weight gains with each child. Eventually in her forties after suffering depression she found FA and realized that she was using food as a drug. FA helped Violet find the solution to her food obsession, get some structure into her life, swap vanity for sanity and enjoy her family relationships.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org.
12/26/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Annie

Annie grew up in a large family and her dad left home when she was in her mid-teens. She had plenty of friends and discovered alcohol at parties around 18 years old and always ended up drunk. She could control when she drank but not after she had her first drink. Annie felt that she drank normally and didn’t think that she needed to change as she couldn’t remember her actions when drunk. She married and had a couple of children and could keep her drinking under control when she had work or family responsibilities.Annie eventually sought help via a counsellor, rehab and eventually Alcoholics Anonymous where she found a group of women prepared to help her to understand alcoholism and the fact that her first drink was the problem. She has had a few lapses since she joined AA but after a few months of sobriety she is getting serious about her recovery doesn’t want to go back to her AA meeting to admit that she had a drink and start again from day 1.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.
12/19/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Jay

Jay had a pretty normal family childhood; his parents both worked but drank to excess on weekends. His gambling began at 13 years old through a close friend who used his mum’s TAB phone account to gamble on the horses on weekends. Jay’s first bet was a big win but he wasn’t hooked immediately, that really established when he turned 18 and could gamble more freely at the TABs in the local pubs. He managed his debts by borrowing money from his mum and repaying it regularly on payday.The arrival of the Pokies in Victoria meant that Jay could gamble much more frequently and it became more problematic. To keep his wife happy he went to Gambler’s Help but continued to gamble before and after each session, continuing the pretence for over 4 years. Eventually he turned to his GP for help, accepted that he was addicted to gambling and then sought help from Gamblers Anonymous.  Listening to other gamblers share their stories at GA Jay soon realized that he could quit gambling and after a couple of breaks has been able to stay stopped and help other gamblers quit too.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has 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.
12/12/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Erin and Maria

Erin grew up with a single mum and with a sister who was destined to become an alcoholic. She struggled academically at school but was good socially, excelling at sport and art and having fun. Erin started binge eating sugar at 10 years old and drinking at 15 to fill the emotional hole inside. After a long geographical overseas she returned to find her sister had been in Alcoholics Anonymous for 10 years and recommended that Erin go to Al-Anon Family Groups. Al-Anon changed her life, she stopped blaming others for her situation and started to take control of her life choices.Maria's migrant family was quite different, and her dad was very strict, controlling and physically violent. She was a timid kid who was good academically and just wanted to fit in. maria was volatile in relationships and spent years as a single mum until her kids left home, then met a recovering alcoholic who recommended she go to Al-Anon Family Groups.  Like Erin, Al-Anon changed her life too, helped her to overcome anxiety and fear and she started living again.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
12/5/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - El and Summer

El didn’t have an idyllic childhood as her parents separated when she was 12 years old and her mum was unwell. She suffered physical and emotional abuse and turned to drinking and smoking marijuana in her early teens to cope with the anxiety, fear and shame. El’s drug taking escalated quickly and she moved to amphetamines and heroin and contracted Hep C. Her mum and sister helped her to get into rehab and her first exposure to Narcotics Anonymous. However, El continued using for some years until; with two young children she had a moment of clarity and sought help again in NA. Now with over 18 months clean her life is better than ever thanks to the support from members of NA.Summer had a difficult childhood as her parents separated when she was just 2 years old and she lived with her mum.  She was severely bullied at school and started drinking excessively and smoking weed in her early teens, progressing to ice and party drugs in her late teens. Summer eventually admitted she had a problem and her mum helped her to get into rehab where she was introduced to NA. She finally found where she belonged and has been clean for over 16 months.If you’re having problems with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
11/28/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Caz and Catherine

Caz formed a co-dependent relationship with her mum and suffered separation anxiety from a young age. She used food to cope with her anxiety for many years and then switched to alcohol in her early thirties. As she became more social and with two small children and marriage problems Caz’s drinking progressed quickly.  She reached out for help and through rehab found Alcoholics Anonymous. Right from the start Caz realized that she couldn’t drink safely again and now she’s comfortable with her new AA friends in recovery.Catherine grew up in a family where both mum and dad drank and with lots of alcohol around. She was bullied at school and not appreciated at home, leaving her with anxiety and shame. Catherine started drinking around 13 years old with her older sisters and found alcohol gave her lots of confidence and plenty of drinking buddies. She kept drinking for nearly 3o years before her daily drinking resulted in her being taken to rehab and finding AA. But it took another 6 months of drinking before Catherine was ready to stop drinking and get serious about recovery in AA.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.
11/21/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Rebekah

Rebekah had a pretty normal family childhood but was bullied at primary and secondary school and this tendered to reinforce her desire to escape from society. Her first successful gamble was a Melbourne Cup sweep as a child and Rebekah loved the feeling of winning. Blackjack tables at the casino were her preferred gambling style and after an early win she was at a casino every month or two. Eventually this progressed to being at the casino three or four times a day as Rebekah’s addiction took hold.Eventually one of Rebekah’s friends directed her to Gamblers Anonymous and after five years she busted but was able to eventually able to quit gambling. Once she felt hopeless but with the help of GA members she now has every reason to live life to the fullest.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
11/14/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Helen

Helen grew up in a large family where both mum and dad were heavy drinkers. Being much younger than her siblings she eventually felt responsible for helping them out of their crises. After a nervous breakdown at work Helen realized that she could no longer keep her emotions bottled up inside and took the advice of a friend and a psychologist to go to Al-Anon Family Groups. Life of course got much better as she stopped people-pleasing, started to take responsibility for her own life choices and realized the part she played in the family disease of alcoholism.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
11/7/20190
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Sandra and Anna

Sandra loved food and enjoyed ballet but felt body conscious and always seemed to be on a diet with her mum. She soon realized that she could use food to control her emotions and feelings but soon moved on to smoking, drinking and drugs in her early teens as an escape. Sandra became bulimic, used to binge and purge food frequently and although she sought help in her early 20’s still couldn’t control her eating. She found Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) in her late 20’s and was finally able to overcome her obsession with food and develop a normal attitude to food and eating.Anna was born with an addictive personality, was always fascinated by food and as a child used to take extra food for later.  She realized that she could starve herself up to 3 days to stay in a right-sized body. Anna went on her first diet at 11 years old and was soon on a cycle of binge-starve-diet to control her weight. She turned to long distance running but even then found that she put on weight.  Anna searched for help on-line, eventually found FA and immediately realized that she had found the solution to her food obsession.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org. 
10/31/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - Travis and James

Travis grew up in a happy family, had a grandfather and uncle with alcohol problems and was good at schoolwork. Being sporty he found that he fitted in socially but it wasn’t until he discovered alcohol as a 16 year old at the footy club that Travis found that his drinking ability stopped him feeling like an outsider. Moving to the city for he started working a second job in a nightclub and this was his introduction to partying, drugs and free alcohol. Travis was eventually arrested and managed to get bailed to a 12th step drug rehab where he found Narcotics Anonymous. He now has over a year clean and intends for it to stay that way.James grew up in the country with immigrant parents and found expectations placed on him difficult to achieve. He was bullied at school, developed an eating disorder and was in trouble with the police before moving to the city at 13 years old and finding alcohol and drugs helped him cope.  James felt overwhelming guilt and shame about using alcohol and drugs and with help from his family also entered a 12th step drug rehab and found AA and NA about six years ago.  It wasn’t an easy or straightforward process but after a few two year periods being clean and then busting he has managed to stay away from drugs for over a year.If you’re having problems with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
10/24/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Greig and Russell

Greig was a challenging teenager and grew up with and alcoholic dad who found recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Initially not really liking alcohol much as a 14 year old, Greig was pretty wild and in his later teens found that it added fun and drama to his social life.  Eventually as friends slowed down and started family life, Greig found that he got left behind and couldn’t really control his drinking and came into AA after he smashed up a hotel room and scared his wife.  After initial contempt for AA members, Greig realized that the benefits were much greater than drinking, identified with the other alcoholics, was finally able to give up alcohol in AA.Russell wasn’t exposed to drinking growing up but had uncles and aunts who were appeared to be problem drinkers. He tried alcohol around 17 years old and loved the feeling but it wasn’t till a few years later that binge drinking at home became the norm. Unhappy with life generally Russell started to work in pubs where drinking heavily was pretty normal. After a failed marriage, weekend binges and lots of debt he found that he couldn’t live with and couldn’t live without drink and through rehab got into AA to get help. Russell kept drinking for a while but eventually found sobriety in AA.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.
10/17/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous and Mental Health Week - Jasmin and Martin

Warning - this program features a personal story that includes sexual assault and family abuse and may be triggering so please take care. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea right now you should skip of this podcast.Jasmin and Martin both grew up in homes with a parent with substance abuse problems and were subjected to emotional and physical abuse as children. They used alcohol and drugs to help ease their childhood trauma but that eventually added to their developing mental health issues.  Sexual assault also compounded their low self-esteem and increased their alcohol and drug use to the point where they sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous.  Through AA, Jasmin and Martin have been able to get their lives back to “normal”, stay sober and meaningfully address their residual mental health issues.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.
10/10/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Aileen and Kylie

Aileen eventually found out that her maternal grandfather had a drinking problem and that was why her mother didn’t like alcohol in the family home. A free spirit, she met a drinker at university and eventually married him and had two children. What Aileen didn’t realize was the extent to which the psychological trauma of an alcoholic marriage had affected her. After her husband found Alcoholics Anonymous she eventually discovered Al-Anon Family Groups and realized the part she played in the family disease of alcoholism.Kylie grew up with an alcoholic father and so did her partner. Her mum had been in Al-Anon when she was younger but Kylie also found that Al-Anon could help her live with the effects of an alcoholic childhood.Even though the drinker caused problems, both Aileen and Kylie saw that their reactions often exacerbated the situation and Al-Anon helped them to realize that they could play a bigger part in ensuring their own happiness.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
10/3/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Lisa and Lindsay

Originally recorded and broadcast on 20 July 2017 this show was replayed again on 26 September 2019. This is the first time it has been included as a podcast.Lisa and Lindsay joined Alcoholics Anonymous and were eventually able to give up alcohol and remain sober in AA.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.
9/26/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Eugenie and Nikita

Eugenie grew up in a very dysfunctional family, with both parents as high functioning alcoholics who shared alcohol with her from a young age. When her parents divorced in her early teens Eugenie took care of her mother, who had become depressed and suicidal. Eugenie eventually left home in her early twenties, started work in the finance industry that had an established drinking culture and she quickly formed relationships with heavy drinkers and drug users.  After many years of excessive drinking she sought help from a counsellor who recommended detox, rehab and especially Alcoholics Anonymous.  Eugenie easily identified with the other alcoholics, was finally able to give up alcohol and has been sober over 18 months in AA.Nikita had a happy family life growing up but had uncles and aunts who were alcoholic. She tried alcohol around 15 years old and loved the feeling but it wasn’t till around 18 that binge drinking on weekends became the norm. Unhappy with life, job and relationship Nikita did a geographical to Scotland and worked in pubs and drank heavily with her new friends. After a panic attack, frequent blackouts and feeling suicidal she returned home. She found that she couldn’t live with and couldn’t live without drink and rang AA to get help. Nikita has now been sober in AA for over 9 months.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.
9/19/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - John and Brenden

John and Brenden grew up in very different circumstances, John surrounded by alcoholism and gambling from a very young age and Brenden in a loving family environment unaffected by drugs, alcohol or gambling.  However, they both sought escape from life’s responsibilities through gambling.John chose TAB betting on horses and dogs whereas James preferred the pokies but both found that their gambling led to a second life hidden from family and friends. Eventually they each had to admit it to their family, sought help through Gamblers Anonymous and after many years were eventually able to quit gambling. Once they felt hopeless but with the help of GA members they now have every reason to live life to the fullest. Both have less than a year since they last gambled but understand that they can’t ever safely gamble again.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
9/12/20190
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Al-Anon, AA & AUSYPAA - Emily and Dean

Emily and Dean have worked on the committee of the 2019 AUSYPAA Convention over the past year.They share their stories of recovery in Al-Anon Family Groups and Alcoholics Anonymous respectively and discuss how events like AUSYPAA contribute to their recovery and also help those still struggling with alcoholism themselves or in a family member or friend.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.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.AUSYPAA Convention – www.vicypaa.org
9/5/20190
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Three Sides of the Coin - Anna Bardsley and Judy Avisar

Three Sides of the Coin is a project run by Link Health and Community, funded by Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.Three Sides of the Coin supports people who have suffered due to gambling. Through creative workshops, participants share their stories which are developed into performances. Participants may be gamblers themselves or loved ones who have suffered due to the gambling of someone close to them. These performances share the lived experience of gambling to raise awareness of gambling harm.People who have been affected by gambling come together in supportive, fun, and exciting workshops. Through telling their stories, they start to gain self-confidence and a powerful feeling of trust and connection between them grows. Under the sensitive guidance of artistic director Catherine Simmonds, performance scenes are created through weaving people’s personal stories into a creative whole, that will touch all who see them.This podcast includes RUIN to RECOVERY, a 10 minute radio play.If you would like to find out more about Three Sides of the Coin initiative then you can phone Judy Avisar on (03) 9564 6137 or go online at  http://www.linkhc.org.au/three-sides-of-the-coin/. WHATS YOUR GAMBLE: Theatre for Social Change at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, September 12th and 17th 2019, MC SHOWROOM, 48 Clifton Street, PRAHRAN.  Tickets are $20 / $10 (concession) through https://melbournefringe.com.au/event/whats-your-gamble/ or call (03) 9660 9666
8/29/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - Liz

Liz grew up with a pretty normal family in a fairly privileged inner suburb but rebelled against her parents as they exerted control over her life. She had a similar reaction to her private school education and started going to parties and drinking around 14 years old. This quickly moved to drugs and established an addiction that would last for nearly 15 years. Although Liz went to Uni for 3 years it really just allowed her to drink and use drugs. Her family put her in rehab in her early 20’s and she spent 5 months in Narcotics Anonymous. Liz left NA and moved into a co-dependent relationship that turned controlling and abusive from the start and lasted about 5 years. After a couple of years using, Liz returned to NA again, got serious with the 12 Steps, got a sponsor and has now has over a year clean and intends for it to stay that way.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
8/22/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jasmin

Warning - this program features a personal story that includes sexual assault and family abuse and may be triggering so please take care. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea right now you should skip of this podcast.Jasmin grew up in a very dysfunctional family, with a very young mum and an addict father. Her mum left after extreme family violence, leaving 4 year old Jasmin and her younger brother with her abusive drug addict dad. She was finally reunited with her mum a few years later but suffered ongoing deprivation and abuse into her mid-teens. Around 13 Jasmin was being bullied at school and also trying to care for her brother and mother, who was suffering mental health problems. She found that alcohol provided a temporary release but with low self-esteem she continued to drink heavily through her teens.After a stint as a stripper she was sexually abused and finally reached out for help and found rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous. Through AA over a couple of years Jasmin has been able to get her life back to “normal” and been sober in AA for just over a year now.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.
8/15/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Brad and James

Brad and James both grew up in normal families unaffected by drugs, alcohol or gambling and they both sought escape from life’s responsibilities through gambling.Brad chose TAB betting on horses, dogs and sport whereas James preferred the pokies but they both found that their gambling led to a second life, hidden from family and friends. Gambling wasn’t really about the money; it was about forgetting the responsibilities of life.  Eventually they each had to admit it to their family, sought help through Gamblers Anonymous and eventually were able to quit gambling. Once they felt hopeless but with the help of GA members they now have every reason to live life to the fullest.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
8/8/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups -Sue and Steve

Sue and Steve both grew up with an alcoholic mum and Sue also had an alcoholic dad. As children, they both tried to control the drinker(s) but realized that they were powerless over the alcoholism in their families and later realized that they too were profoundly affected. When they married and Sue’s mum moved in with them their problems got a lot worse. They soon discovered Al-Anon Family Groups which enabled them to see the part they played in the family disease of alcoholism. Even though the drinker caused problems, their reactions often exacerbated the situation and Al-Anon helped them to realize that they could play a bigger part in ensuring their own happiness.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.Jude was co-host of the show that was originally broadcast on 02 February 2017 and this is the first time it has been podcast.
8/1/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Sharelle and Allan

Sharelle didn’t really like gambling but she was in an unhappy marriage and had recently lost her mum, and had enjoyed nights accompanying her mum to the pokies.  Sharelle started fairly small stake gambling on the pokies where she felt close to her mum and could forget her found the he turned to the pokies as a way of feeling close to her mum and forget about her marriage. When she was arrested for stealing from her job, Sharelle sought the help through Gamblers Anonymous was able to quit and re-establish a relationship with her family and children.Allan grew up in a home where he loved the family card nights, which he introduced to his school mates and sought out a career that would enable him to continue gambling. Family and alcohol slowed down his gambling but it eventually won out and gambling impacted every decision he made. It was never about the money but gambling helped him kill his emotional pain. Allan got into Gamblers Anonymous when he was feeling suicidal and now with the help of GA members has every reason to live.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
7/25/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Max and Ben

Max grew up in a very religious family and was keen to break away from that constraint as well as competing with his twin brother.  He started drinking and using drugs as a 13 to 14 year old and Max enjoyed this until he was 16 when he developed a severe physical disability that lasted for the next five years.  Max left school, isolated, continued to drink and developed more health problems till his family got him into a succession of rehabs where he eventually found Alcoholics Anonymous and has been sober for around seven years.Ben’s parents were drug and alcohol users and eventually separated when he was in his early teens and he continued living with his mum who regularly abused drugs. He enjoyed parties and started drinking when he was around 15 years old and left home multiple times before eventually moving in with his dad in his late teens.  Ben’s dad’s weekend lifestyle meant that his drinking increased and parents of Ben’s friends encouraged him not to drink.  However, he progressed to become an alcoholic and drug addict in his mid-20’s and after an initial exposure to AA he eventually decided to stop drinking. Ben has been sober in AA for around seven six 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.
7/18/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups -Sylvia and Celeste

Sylvia and Celeste discuss how Al-Anon Family Groups enabled them to see the part they played in the family disease of alcoholism. Even though the drinker caused problems, their reactions often exacerbated the situation and Al-Anon helped them to realize that they could play a bigger part in ensuring their own happiness.After coming into Al-Anon as a result of her housemates drinking, Celeste realized that her father’s drinking also had a significant impact on her life.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
7/4/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - Kylie and David

Kylie grew up with an addict/alcoholic mum and suffered the trauma associated with her unpredictable behaviour. Moving a lot in her primary school years left Kylie as a bit of an outsider and she started drinking alcohol, then smoking dope and using drugs from around 13 years old. By 16, after 3 years, her friends were telling her she had a problem with drugs but she thought better. Kylie’s mum found Alcoholics Anonymous then Narcotics Anonymous and now their roles were reversed.  After many rehabs and years in and out of NA, it was losing her children to foster care that motivated Kylie to get serious about recovery in NA and she now has 15 months clean.David had a pretty normal and caring family but four of his six siblings became addicts or alcoholics. He was bullied as a child and started inhaling butane and lighter fluid around 11 years old. By 13 David was drinking and smoking weed and that quickly progressed to an IV heroin addiction at 17 and amphetamines at 19. Drugs and crime led him to prison, rehab and NA but he struggled to stay clean. After a major car accident he wanted to kick the habit and get clean in his last rehab and he plugged back into the NA fellowship and has been clean for 6 months.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au. 
6/27/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Sara and Dale

Sara and Dale have only been in Alcoholics Anonymous for less than 6 months but their recovery shines through. Both were raised in families where alcohol and/or drug abuse had taken their toll and abuse was not uncommon.Sara tried AA on and off over 20 years but found she was happiest when drinking. Eventually Sara realized that she was being held back by drinking, being just average and not realizing her full potential. Getting an AA sponsor and starting the 12 Steps meant that she felt part of the fabric of AA and her life and outlook improved and she could enjoy life much more without a drink.Dale has done a couple of rehabs for drugs and alcohol but realized after his drinking reached new extremes that he couldn’t stop and hated himself more.  Dale found AA through an internet forum and started going to AA meetings. Like Sara, getting an AA sponsor and doing the 12 Steps have turned his life around, turning him into a reliable person for the first time in his life.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.
6/20/20190
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2019 Living Free Radiothon

The Radiothon theme this year is Power Radical radio! That pretty much sums up LIVING FREE – by sharing recovery stories we’re talking about changing lives for alcoholics, gamblers and food and drug addicts, and their families. Remember, your support will keep our message of HOPE on the airwaves – Shared Stories Save LivesToday’s guest was Maya, a member of Al-Anon Family Groups.You can financially support LIVING FREE and keep 3CR on the air for another year. Donate on-line at www.3cr.org.au/donate or call 3CR on (03) 9419 8377.Alternatively, Drop into the station at 21 Smith St, Collingwood, Monday-Friday 9-5pm, Post a cheque or money order made out to 3CR - PO Box 1277 Collingwood Vic 3066, or Deposit the money in the 3CR Bank Account - contact the station to get the bank details
6/13/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups -Maree and Janel

Maree and Janel both spent time with their grandparents as very young children, forming a lifelong bond, both spent time looking after their younger siblings at home and both escaped from home in their early 20’s.Maree’s grandfather was the first drinker she encountered and she went on to marry an alcoholic. She finally reached rock bottom and was recommended to try Al-Anon Family Groups by a friend and found her people and has been in Al-Anon now for over 13 years.Janel’s dad, then step dad were both alcoholics and her sister became addicted to ice. Trying to control the family chaos that ensued took her initially to Nar-Anon Family Groups to deal with her sister’s drug problems. Eventually it all became too much and Janel found Al-Anon to address growing up in an alcoholic home and has been enjoying recovery in Al-Anon for over two and a half years.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.If someone else's drug abuse is causing you a problem then you can email Nar-Anon Family Groups  on [email protected] or go online at www.naranon.com.au
6/6/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Kathy

Kathy grew up with an alcoholic parent and went on to marry an alcoholic and also has children that have a drinking problem. She found that coping with her children’s drinking had the biggest impact on her life.Finding Al-Anon Family Groups exposed Kathy to the disease concept of alcoholism and helped her understand how someone else’s alcoholism affected the way she continued to live their life.  Al-Anon has enabled Kathy to enjoy a life in spite of the problems caused by drinking.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
5/30/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - Melissa and Paul

Melissa and Paul both had parents that separated when they were young and started using alcohol and drugs in their early and mid-teens.Paul dropped out of secondary school but managed to stick at TAFE to start a career and became a father in his early 20’s. The family slowed down his drug and alcohol use but he became an opiate addict on prescription medication after a major surgery. Paul managed to get onto drug replacement therapy but eventually turned to Narcotics Anonymous for help and after 8 months in NA found that he could be truly happy without drugs.Melissa was able to get through life using drugs and alcohol when she needed to but didn’t consider herself an addict. After her mum died she started depending on drugs and was fortunate to be helped into NA by her ex taking her to her first meeting and she has been clean since her first meeting. Over the years NA has put colour back into her life and given her a sense of self and purpose.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au. 
5/23/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Shane

Shane’s only been in Alcoholics Anonymous for 104 days but he already realizes that it has saved his life. Drinking for over 30 years, since he was in his early teens, Shane knows that his drinking is just a symptom of deeper problems. Losing his mum at a very early age increased his anxiety and alcohol was a convenient method to suppress his emotions. What he hadn’t realized is that it became the biggest problem in his life.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.
5/16/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Emma and Barry

Emma and Barry both grew up with an alcoholic parent and didn’t really realize the impact of that alcoholism on their family till they left home.Finding Al-Anon Family Groups exposed Emma and Barry to the disease concept of alcoholism and helped them understand how someone else’s alcoholism affected the way they continued to live their life.  Al-Anon has enabled them to enjoy a life without anxiety.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
5/2/20190
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Alan and Alison

Alan and Alison have both been in Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) for over six years and are enjoying the benefits of being able to live with a normal attitude to food and eating.Married and with a young family Alan’s obsession with overeating got out of control and he modified his work and home life around access to food.  After spending years with a personal trainer trying to exercise his way out he has realized his dream of a normal body size and healthy eating habits. Joining FA has meant Alan can participate in life, relationships and work without being constantly focussed on food.Alison had a love of sugar from her earliest memories, willing to try all sorts of food – well beyond her age group. Linking body image to happiness eventually led her into Bulimia and lots of emotional distress around relationships and using food as a pleasure. Recovery in FA has allowed Alison to improve relationships, get married and navigate through family medical challenges without resorting to her old eating behaviour.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1800 717 446, email them at [email protected] or see their website foodaddicts.org. 
4/25/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Troy

Troy’s mum and dad weren’t drinkers themselves but he felt a bit different because he was adopted. He was bullied in school and found that although he didn’t like the taste alcohol it gave him confidence and helped him survive adolescence.  Troy’s work took him into the party scene in Kings Cross and alcohol and drugs were freely available.  He first came into Alcoholics Anonymous via a detox but his mental health issues meant that he couldn’t really see alcohol as the problem.Troy got back to AA many times over the last 18 years, having extended periods of sobriety and has been sober now for over 3 years.  Understanding alcoholism and how alcohol affects him makes it easy now to stay stopped and enjoy life on life’s terms.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.
4/18/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Michael

Michael is a compulsive gambler, once he started gambling he had no desire to stop, regardless of the consequences. Growing up in a migrant family there was plenty of social gatherings where the family played cards but no real gambling.  Michael felt pressured to do well in life and learnt to hide his feelings and please people.Michael’s pokies addiction began after a relationship breakdown when he felt depressed. A win quickly consolidated his habit of escape and it wasn’t until his second wife discovered his credit card statement that he had to admit it was a problem.  Michael found that he couldn’t moderate his gambling and through Gamblers Anonymous was able to quit for many years. After a long break from GA he realized that “white-knuckling” it wasn’t a solution either and he returned to GA and with the help of GA members has stayed off the pokies for over seven years.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
4/11/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups – John and Warren

John and Warren both grew up with an alcoholic parent, married an alcoholic and eventually separated.  Similarly they both experienced psychological stress and their families suffered mental health challenges.Finding Al-Anon Family Groups exposed John and Warren to the disease concept of alcoholism and helped them understand the part they played in continuing the dysfunction of alcoholism in their family.With more than a decade in Al-Anon they both appreciate the freedom that recovery has enabled them to enjoy - a life without anxiety.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
4/4/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - Joey

Joey started drinking in year 6 and then and using marijuana after being bullied and weight shamed in year 7 at school.  She came into NA with the help of her sister who was already in AA and found early meetings quite challenging.  Joey has been clean in Narcotics Anonymous for about 2 years and 10 months but it took over 4 years and a series of breaks since encountering NA in rehab over 7 years ago. Now a committed member of NA in Geelong, life and relationships with family and friends are seriously better and she doesn’t have to be with the cool crowd anymore to feel good.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
3/28/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Brad and Dean

Brad grew up in an extended family that drank and discovered the joy of alcohol himself in his mid-teens.  He realized that he drank differently than his friends and never tired where drink was involved. It wasn’t till his early thirties when he had a young family that Brad found himself prioritizing drinking ahead of the family.  In his early forties he was given the choice between family and booze and decided to go to Alcoholics Anonymous.  It took about 90 days before he felt at home in AA and has now been in AA for over 6 years.Dean’s mum and dad weren’t drinkers themselves but life was a bit dysfunctional. He also started drinking in his mid-teens and found that it provided a massive relief from anxiety.  Dean continued drinking for the next 14 years and after a series of rock bottoms, being drunk all the time and feeling hopeless despair, he moved back home.  He had some local friends who helped him into AA and although he didn’t feel comfortable at first, found recovery and has been in AA now for 18 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.
3/21/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Yvonne and Kathy

Yvonne and Kathy are compulsive gamblers who shared the same problem, once they started gambling they had no desire to stop, regardless of the consequences. Although they had very different lives and started using different forms of gambling they each realized that they couldn’t continue gambling without losing everything.Yvonne hasn’t gambled for 17 years now but remembers that through lying, cheating and stealing her gambling eventually led to prison. Fortunately she had found Gamblers Anonymous just prior to that and was able to exit prison and with the help of GA members stay off the pokies.  Kathy hasn’t gambled for over 12 years and abstained from gambling once she understood that her pokie addiction meant she could never safely gamble again.Both Yvonne and Kathy benefitted greatly from their families love and commitment to help them overcome their gambling compulsion and sought help through GA.If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help - phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au.
3/14/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Helen and Kristie

Helen and Kristie both grew up with an alcoholic dad and a co-dependent mum but it was their mum that had the most profound influence over their adult lives.Finding Al-Anon Family Groups allowed Helen and Kristie to learn how to detach from their mum with love, to exercise their freedom of choice and to enjoy their lives.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
3/7/20190
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Narcotics Anonymous - John

John grew up in a pretty normal family but got into alcohol and dope in his early teens, hating the taste but loving the effect alcohol had in helping to fit in.  He was in youth detention but it wasn’t till he was in and out of the adult justice system that he got a taste for heroin, then speed and amphetamines.  John went through rehab many times and found out about Narcotics Anonymous but didn’t really take recovery seriously until after he had been clean for a couple of years and was a single parent to two boys.  During his last relapse, when the drugs no longer had the desired effect, he decided to give NA a proper go. Even with an unexpected stint in prison John didn’t relapse as he’d finally lost the obsession with drugs and has now been clean for 12 years and 7 months.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
2/28/20190
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Amanda and Sheryn

Amanda started drinking at 16 years old and progressed quickly to daily drinking at 18 when she moved out of home. Her worsening alcoholism affected her employment and relationships but she still found it difficult to stop drinking. Reaching her rock bottom in her thirties Amanda found Alcoholics Anonymous in rehab but it has taken her multiple attempts at quitting alcohol over 9 years in and out of AA.  She now feels more comfortable as a member of AA.Sheryn also started drinking in her mid-teens but as a bender drinker she found that she could spend long periods without alcohol however once she had a drink found it very difficult to stop. Coming into AA in her mid-fifties it has taken her a couple of years to accept AA and to accept the support and fellowship of other AA members and to enjoy the benefits of sobriety.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.
2/21/20190
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Gamblers Anonymous - Alison and Ian

Alison and Ian are compulsive gamblers who shared the same problem, once they started gambling they had no desire to stop, regardless of the consequences. Although they had very different lives and used different forms of gambling they each realized that they couldn’t continue gambling without losing everything.Ian started gambling on sport and racing in his mid-teens and continued till he had nothing 22 years later. Alison started gambling on the pokies in her mid-forties after her kids had left home even though she had a very comfortable lifestyle, eventually 5 years later stealing to continue gambling. Coming to Gamblers Anonymous they found people just like them, who actually cared about their wellbeing, like a real family really.  They both found that abstaining completely enabled them to break free of the gambling compulsion and regained control of their lives again. Ian has abstained from gambling for 22 years and Alison for over 16 months.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
2/14/20190
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Kate and Judy

Kate and Judy had quite different backgrounds but found that alcoholism in their family members directly affected their lives.Finding Al-Anon Family Groups allowed Kate and Judy to learn how to get honest with themselves and to exercise their freedom of choice and to enjoy their lives.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
2/7/20190
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Guns in Family Violence Special - Jacqui

Content Warning This podcast contains comments about family violence that may be distressing to some listeners. If this raises questions or causes distress please call 1800respect.org.au (1800 737 732) or safesteps (1800 015 188).Jacqui grew up in Melbourne, where she studied Law and worked as a lawyer, including on the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.  She won a Sir John Monash Scholarship and was able to complete a Master of Law in New York and get admitted to the New York Bar.  Jacqui worked in family violence law in New York before joining Global and Collective and working with organisations to minimize gun violence. Her work has focussed on the intersection of gun control and family violence and the effectiveness of state, federal and local laws and the legal process. Jacqui’s work includes establishing court monitoring in a few US states to observe how judges apply the domestic violence law and how the close integration of the courts and law enforcement can reduce the availability of guns during family violence proceedings.
12/27/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - John

John grew up in a family surrounded by alcoholism. Being the youngest kid by a long way he felt a little different and found alcohol when he was 15 years old. It had an immediate effect and became part of John’s daily life, so he eventually lost interest in school. He went on to maintain his drinking whilst married and working but eventually it all collapsed around him. Alcoholics Anonymous enabled John to stop drinking and start living again but it wasn’t until he depended on a higher power and worked the 12 steps that he began to fully recover. After 42 years sober in AA John is enjoying the benefits of sobriety.If you’re having trouble with alcohol and think that AAcould help you then phone 1300 222 222 or see their website aa.org.au
12/20/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous - Elizabeth and Adam

Elizabeth and Adam are compulsive gamblers who shared the same problem, once they started gambling they had no desire to stop, regardless of the consequences. Although they had very different lives and used different forms of gambling they each realized that they couldn’t continue gambling without losing everything.Coming to Gamblers Anonymous they found people just like them, who actually cared about their wellbeing, like a real family really.  They found that abstaining completely enabled them to break free of the gambling compulsion and regained control of their lives again.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
12/13/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Emily and Juanita

Emily and Juanita both grew up with an alcoholic parent and it shaped their lives. “No one escapes without scars” sums up the psychological effect alcoholism can have on each family. Until you understand how alcoholism the family disease works you think that you can beat it, effectively wasting your life.Finding Al-Anon Family Groups allowed Emily and Juanita to learn how to get honest with themselves, to exercise their freedom of choice and to enjoy their lives.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
12/6/20180
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Steph and Hannah

Steph grew up in a family that had suffered food deprivation during the European war and having plenty of food was important. Migrating to Australia with little English just reinforced her low self-confidence and fears and promoted her to feel like an outsider. Food played a big role as Steph’s comforter and allowed her to suppress her feelings. Coming into Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous as a last resort over 10 years ago changed Steph’s life. She discovered that she wasn’t a bad person, she was just addicted to food.Hannah grew up living above her parents Milk Bar, indulging in lollies and sweets and it wasn’t long before her mum started getting concerned about her eating habits.  Dieting was a continuing pattern in her teenage life as were comments from family and friends over her weight.  It wasn’t until after having her second child that she accepted that her eating habits were a problem and Hannah tried a 12th step program but found she needed more than the support of a weekly meeting. When she was introduced to Food Addicts Hannah found that more frequent meetings were available and the more structured support made it possible for her to be honest about her eating for the first time.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 03 8594 2282 or see their website foodaddicts.org.
11/29/20180
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Narcotics Anonymous - Grant and Neil

Grant grew up in a country town and his family was ostracised by the local community. Primary school was a living hell with dyslexia and he was also bullied relentlessly. He and his brothers started using alcohol and drugs early and he began stealing from family and friends. When his parents split Grant moved high schools and got into a gang using acid, speed and alcohol and became a violent bully himself.  He left school at 15 and was more successful at work, eventually getting married and having a family but when he started using ice his partner gave him an ultimatum. After 27 years on drugs Grant was exposed to Narcotics Anonymous in rehab and after a few relapses he’s now been clean for over 5 months. Grant is re-establishing his relationship with his wife and children and building trust through NA.Neil’s dad was bipolar and a violent alcoholic and his mum started becoming dependant on alcohol too. He started to shut down when he was around 12 years’ old, telling lies about his home life to fit in with others at school. Neil started drinking around 16 to alleviate his depression and became an active alcoholic through his successful working life. He married and it wasn’t till is mid-forties when he had a manic episode that he realised that he was bipolar too. With alcohol and now prescription drugs Neil’s life collapsed within 6 months and he found himself homeless and living out of his car.  In and out of 5 detoxes, Neil reluctantly found that although he initially hated NA, he realized that it was his only tangible hope. Now clean and sober for over 3 years, Neil has every reason to love life.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
11/22/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Barb and Jo

Barb had a happy childhood in Ireland but developed an eating disorder when her parents split-up in her early teens. She kept it hidden from her family and friends and married in her early 20’s. Barb’s marriage failed in her early 30’s and she started drinking and it progressively got worse. In her early 40’s she married again and moved to Australia and managed to overcome her bulimia with the help of a counsellor, but this just exacerbated her drinking. Eventually her husband advised her to seek help and Barb contacted Alcoholics Anonymous and has been happily sober for the over a year and a half now.Jo grew up in a dysfunctional family; her dad was a drinker who died when she was in her early teens. She always felt a little different and left school at 14 and started working to help her mum financially. Jo had her first drink around 14 and felt the craving for alcohol from the very start.  As a daily drinker, her drinking got worse and by 25 she had run out of ideas about how to stop. Jo thought that having a baby would help her to stay sober but that didn’t happen and she eventually sought help from AA and found a glimmer of hope.  After 23 years sober in AA Jo is enjoying the benefits of improved relationships with her daughters.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.
11/15/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous - Graham

Graham is a compulsive gambler who has managed to overcome his gambling obsession, one day at a time, with the help of Gamblers Anonymous.  Growing up in a fairly normal home Graham began to struggle in his mid-teens, went on to teacher’s college but found that he couldn’t control the kids in class. This led to his drinking and eventually to Alcoholics Anonymous where he was able to recover and stay sober. Graham started playing the pokies and found that he was hooked immediately. As he says, telling the first lie to his wife was the hardest thing, then lying became a normal part of daily living as a compulsive gambler. His wife kept the family finances under control and challenged Graham to seek help for his gambling problem. Unable to moderate his gambling, Graham found the Gamblers Anonymous way of abstaining completely enabled him to break free of his compulsion. About 18 months since his last bust/gamble Graham feels that although he has to watch himself, his life has definitely improved without gambling.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
11/8/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Maya

Maya grew up with an active alcoholic dad and her parents divorced when she was in her early teens. Her mum was in Al-Anon for a few years but Maya thought that without her father around that her life would improve. Maya’s low self-esteem caused her to try and over achieve and whilst recovering from a dancing injury she found spirituality helped her connect. Some years later as relationships continued to be problematic, Maya went to Al-Anon to deal with the unresolved and confusing feelings she had towards herself and her family.  During her 9 years in Al-Anon she has been able to maintain a relationship with her dad who is still drinking.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
11/1/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jane

Jane grew up in a dysfunctional family, mum was a drinker and dad was a sober alcoholic who they split up before she was 10 years old.  Jane spent time with each parent, was introduced to Al-Anon and Alateen by her dad but that wasn’t for her. She left home around 16yo and got involved with alcohol and drugs and after years of crazy living in the local music scene eventually found her way into Alcoholics Anonymous and recovery.Jane met and helped her band member Peter Fraser into Narcotics Anonymous. Peter went on to host the 3CR Living Free show for many 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.
10/25/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Mike and Tim

Content Warning ** This podcast includes mention of attempted suicide.**Mike and Tim both grew up in normal families but suffered dislocation as their families had to move about for work or safety.Mike grew up in a war-torn region of Europe and was forced to escape his native country as a refugee, first to Germany and then to Australia. In each move he was considered an outsider and bullied and this served to reinforce the trauma he had already experienced. Mike started drinking in his mid-teens, finding it gave him the ability to forget his past. Drinking regularly he also started taking drugs in his late teens, which eventually forced him to rehab for an ice addiction in his early 20’s.  Depressed, isolated and after attempting suicide, Mike eventually found Alcoholics Anonymous and has been sober for over 3 years.Tim’s parents were relocated with work often, moving states and towns regularly during his school life. Always the outsider, being bigger than most kids his age worked to his advantage as well as his sporting ability. Tim started drinking with his peers around 13 years old and started recreational drugs in his mid-teens to alleviate his anxiety. He ended up in hospital for his drink/drug problems after attempting suicide and was able to stay sober for periods of up to 6 months but couldn’t stop drinking. After many rehab attempts Tim had run out of options and eventually went to AA and has been sober for over 3 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.
10/18/20180
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Bipolar Support Groups - Sue and Todd

Content Warning This podcast contains comments about suicidal thoughts and mental health/illness that may be distressing to some listeners. If this raises questions or causes distress please call Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) *Suicidal Thoughts & Mental Health* contactSue had a great family and was good academically at school but had a bit of a behaviour problem. She started drinking with her peers around 13 years old, moved on to smoking some dope in her early 20’s and went on to get married and have two children. Sue’s dad was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in his early 40’s and after a few unusual episodes herself was also diagnosed in her 40’s.  After a few hospital admissions and getting her medication right Sue has found Bipolar Support Groups is a very useful resource in helping to understand how to live with bipolar.Todd also had a normal family and childhood. He started drinking and smoking dope around 14 years old and developed a gambling problem in his late teens when he was very depressed. Todd stopped gambling through Gamblers Anonymous and life was looking up but he still had suicidal thoughts and phases of depression and mania. He was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder about 10 years ago and eventually found help through Bipolar Support Groups.  Todd now understands himself and his bipolar a lot better, can read the warning signs and suffers less depression as the groups offer friendship and support.If you would like to find out more about Bipolar disorder and Bipolar Support Groups then go online at bipolarlife.org.au
10/11/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Chris and Mark

Christine grew up in a pretty normal family but found out that her uncle was an alcoholic and her aunt was in Al-Anon Family Groups. She had a normal teenage life and met and married her husband in her early twenties. His drinking was no different to Christine’s other friends and nothing suggested that he would become an alcoholic.  With two toddlers she found that her husband’s drinking was becoming a problem as it seemed more important than the family? Chris tried to find out as much as possible about alcoholism but talking to her husband about his drinking just made the situation worse.  With her kids in their teens, Chris needed help and she remembered Al-Anon and there found relief from her husband’s drinking.  About ten years later she separated from her still drinking husband and has found a new life for herself.Mark grew up with a sober dad but he started drinking again when he was about seven years old. Things deteriorated rapidly over the next 7 years until his mum went to Al-Anon and dragged him along to an Alateen meeting. After his dad got sober again Mark hoped things would be back to normal but he found he was just getting left behind and eventually returned to Alateen to get help. He was in Alateen and then Al-Anon for over 30 years when he married a sober alcoholic. Initially fine the marriage deteriorated when his wife started drinking and taking prescription drugs and after seven years Mark eventually decided to separate from her as living with active alcoholism was not pleasant.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
10/4/20180
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Narcotics Anonymous - Emma and Kiandra

Emma grew up with a dad who was a sailor and absent for long periods. Her siblings were pretty successful but she felt like she didn’t fit in and was picked on as a kid.  Emma’s sister started her drinking as an 8 year old and she progressed to pot at 13 and drugs at 15.  A friend gave her heroin at 17 to lose weight and she was hooked from the start. Emma got involved in violent relationships and had a child at 20 and twins a few years later. She got onto ice and had her children removed as she was deemed to be a hopeless addict. Emma had a spiritual awakening and was able to stay off the drugs for a year before she found Narcotics Anonymous and her recovery began.  Now in NA for over 2 years Emma can now look forward to tomorrow and is enjoying studying and her involvement in youth work.Kiandra lived a pretty sheltered life, was a high achiever at school but felt like the black sheep of the family.  In early high school she had some mental health issues and started to self-harm.  Kiandra started using marijuana as a 13 year old and found it helped her cope with her messy life, including a pregnancy, miscarriage and time in a psych ward. Around 18 she fell into a relationship with an abusive ice addict, started using ice as well and over 3 years continued to leave him only to return shortly after.  Rehab was the turning point and provided access to NA, which gave her hope for the future. Now with 2 ½ years clean, a partner in active NA recovery and a 6 month old child Kiandra has every reason to love life.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
9/27/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Kestrel and Kate

Kestrel and Kate both grew up with an alcoholic parent in a fairly dysfunctional household, with an absent dad and an angry brother.Kestrel started drinking from 12 year old trying to get the fun that she felt she was missing out on in life. She went on to be a party-girl through her late teens and 20’s until it started to interfere with work and she was made redundant. Unable to quit drinking Kestrel was saved when her cousin helped her into rehab, where she found Alcoholics Anonymous and a reason to live again. Two years of sobriety has improved her life beyond her wildest dreams.Kate started drinking in her mid-teens and continued to drink socially when she started work.  After getting married she stopped drinking for seven years but began again and it quickly become a problem again, especially when she was trying to work and manage two kids. Although Kate wanted to cut down on her drinking she couldn’t stay stopped and eventually it affected her health and her work.  On her second attempt at AA she found members who cared enough about her to give her enough hope to keep coming back.  With eight years of sobriety Kate has reconnected with her children and now enjoys life on life’s terms.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.
9/20/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous - Rachael

Rachael is a compulsive gambler who has managed to overcome her obsession with the help of Gamblers Anonymous.  Growing up in an emotionally starved family, with plenty of isms, she felt lonely and started using drugs and alcohol before moving on to solitary gambling to fill the void. Rachael found it easy to gamble on the pokies and TAB as her work in hospitality gave her with plenty of opportunity. She soon racked up plenty of debts and became a liar, a cheat and a thief to be able to continue gambling, but eventually looked for help through Gamblers Help, a psychologist and her GP. Still unable to stop, Rachael was helped into GA through a family member in Narcotics Anonymous. Now with over 7 years of not gambling she is enjoying her new life, living free of addictions.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
9/13/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Yvonne and Phyllis

Yvonne’s dad was a heavy drinker who was pretty angry and controlled the family but she didn’t recognise it as alcoholism till later in life.  After her son was born her relationship with her partner deteriorated and with help from a psychologist found Al-Anon Family Groups. Yvonne went to Al-Anon for over 4 years before leaving her partner and moving interstate to live.  Separated from the drinking partner she stopped going to Al-Anon but returned when her son left home in his early 20’s. Yvonne has been back in Al-Anon for over 7 years now and it helps her cope with her son’s binge drinking and life in general.Although not much of a drinker herself, Phyllis enjoyed the fun of socializing with her drinking friends, often driving them to parties and events before she was married. Her husband was a serious drinker and died in his late 50’s of alcohol related causes.  Thinking that her problems were now over Phyllis was surprised how affected her children were and how dysfunctional her family was. Some friends convinced her to try Al-Anon and she found she was able to respect her daughter and sons life choices and get on with her own life.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
9/6/20180
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous - Sally and Justin

Sally had a love of sugar from the start but didn’t really start to put on weight till she was around 14 years old. She was teased by her brother and other boys at school and was jealous of the thin girls. Around 15 Sally changed schools and got into drugs, alcohol and boys and lost weight. At 28 she realized that alcohol was a problem for her as she had little control and went into Alcoholics Anonymous to address her drinking, only to discover eating became the next problem. Sally went to Overeaters Anonymous for 3 years before realizing that she needed more help managing her unhealthy food addiction. A friend introduced her to Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous and at last she felt at home, able to be honest about her unusual eating behaviours.  Over 8years FA has enabled Sally to lose weight, get back into life and enjoy her close relationships.Justin had two large parents and he was teased about his size from about 9 years old, although he was only chubby at that time. He was a sporty type so was able to eat and exercise without getting overweight but as he got into his late teens he started eating terrible food and began dieting to try and stay a manageable weight. In his mid-twenties Justin was married, started putting on weight and started dieting but found it hard as he used food as a sedative.  A crisis occurred when he realized he was overweight and couldn’t control his eating habits any longer. Fortunately his wife had been in Food Addicts for a few years and he had to swallow his pride and seek help there as well.  After 9 years in FA Justin now has a normal life and weight and has rebuilt his personal relationships.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 03 8594 2282 or see their website foodaddicts.org.
8/30/20180
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Narcotics Anonymous - Sara and Nat

Sara grew up with a step-dad who was an alcoholic and she didn’t really like being at home and felt like she didn’t belong. She was sexually abused as a child and teenager before going into foster care in her mid-teens. Sara started using alcohol when she was around 11 years old, then marijuana at 12 and eventually ice at 15. She ran away from foster care repeatedly, was homeless for about 14 years and had two children in her late teens and early 20’s. Whilst in prison for the second time for dealing drugs, Sara realized that she had to change, asked for help and found Narcotics Anonymous. Sara’s deferred sentence has enabled her to study for a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and she has been clean for over 9 months.Nat’s parent split up when he was very young and living with his mum meant that he could pretty much do what he liked.  His primary school gang started to do break and enters when he was 6 years old and he regularly stole stuff from people’s beach houses. Nat started using alcohol and marijuana as a 14 year old and was binge drinking by the time he left school and moved out of home when he was 16.  He started a relationship with an alcoholic and started using speed, coke and heroin, enjoying the feeling without suffering any consequences.  Over the next 10 years he withdrew socially and avoided friends and family, started to steal, scam, lie and cheat to enable him to meet his drug needs.  Prison made him realize that he needed to do something about his life and through NA he eventually found a way to stay clean and enjoy life.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
8/23/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Cheryl and Trish

Cheryl and Trish both grew up in families with an alcoholic parent that they feared and didn’t start drinking till their late teens or early twenties. Neither felt that they fitted-in as children and drinking was a means of achieving that social inclusion. Cheryl and Trish both married in their early 20’s and although vowing never to be like their alcoholic parent they soon progressed to daily drinking.In her 50’s, after repeated prompting from her adult children, Cheryl managed to stop drinking with medical assistance and remained sober for 22 months before eventually going to Alcoholics Anonymous and has maintained her sobriety for over 11 years.Trish managed to keep drinking socially and went into rehab for a second time when she could no longer keep it from her husband. Initially unwilling to go to AA, as it was ‘full of men’; she eventually conceded and found that AA included very supportive women who are now her friends.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.
8/16/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous - Simon and Ian

Simon and Ian are compulsive gamblers but have managed to overcome their obsession with the help of Gamblers Anonymous.  Although years apart in age they both started gambling compulsively in their mid-teens and continued gambling in TABs and other venues, stealing money and lying to workmates, family and friends before they sought help through GA. Ian hasn’t gambled for over 21 years and Simon for more than 6 years and both are now enjoying normal life and giving back to help problem gamblers.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
8/9/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Carol and Shirley

Carol grew up with an alcoholic dad and her two brothers and sister went on to become alcoholics. She became aware of the effects of alcoholism in her teens and suffered low self-esteem and was withdrawn from a very early age. Carol was married to a gambler for over 25 years, and then fell into a relationship with an alcoholic that turned violent. She went to Al-Anon Family Groups to get her partner to stop drinking and realized how much her dad’s drinking had affected her. Carol now has better personal relationships and has more confidence in living.Shirley grew up in a pretty normal home but her unhappy marriage ended in divorce with her as the single parent of four children. Her daughter was fine but the three boys all drank, with the two youngest causing more problems in their early teens.  Shirley found it hard trying to keep their behaviour a secret and eventually went to Families Anonymous before finding Al-Anon. She found help to be able to say No to her boys and to develop a good relationship with them based on love and mutual respect.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
8/2/20180
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Narcotics Anonymous - Marcus and Will

For Marcus, life was pretty interesting from the start, getting in to trouble at school and probably having undiagnosed ADHD. He was disconnected and obsessive from around 9 years old, stealing money to buy basketball cards and play video games. Marcus was always looking for excitement and started smoking weed in year 7, eventually leaving school in year 9. He got involved in crime to fund his drug use and started injecting heroin in his early 20’s. It was all downhill from here into a life of drugs, crime and gaol. Marcus didn’t really care who he hurt or what became of him as he couldn’t stop using. As a last resort he eventually asked his family for help, he got into rehab and then to Narcotics Anonymous. After a couple of attempts at NA, Marcus has now been clean for 15 months and can’t believe how good life is.Will’s family moved around a lot when he was young and he found it difficult to fit in at each new school. He moved from New Zealand to Australia in year 7 where he was bullied and excluded based on his accent. On New Year’s Eve Will discovered alcohol at 13 years old, drank to blackout and fell out of a treehouse. He returned to Aus. around 18 and over about 4 years Will progressed to using marijuana daily but moved on to using methamphetamines after having some seizures. Gambling while using, he exhausted his partner’s money and eventually they were evicted from their accommodation. This was the first time Will had to be honest about his addiction and this led him into NA and after a short relapse he has now been clean for 6 months, loves life and has great relationships.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
7/26/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Jenny and Rachel

Jenny always felt like a bit of a loner as she moved schools often and her parents didn’t have much money. Drinking started in her mid-teens as she tried to fit in with her peers at a pre-party before a local disco and it transformed her from shy to bullet-proof. In year 11 she drank to oblivion and sought out venues where drink was available.  Jenny started work, met her future husband while drunk at a pub as a 19 year old and went on to marry him in her early twenties. As her career progressed her drinking increased and she realized that she couldn’t stop at the 4th drink. Jenny progressed to very regular drinking and eventually her health suffered and a friend took her to Alcoholics Anonymous.  Identifying with the other women in the AA group, Jenny finally understood how alcoholism works and what she needed to do to stay sober.Rachel had an 8 year gap to her older siblings, which meant that she felt separate and was often on her own. She started drinking at 16 years old and it helped her to feel less shy.  Her drinking really kicked off with regular drinks after work with the girls. Rachel married in her early 30’s and her drinking wasn’t much of a problem but that all changed when she was working mum with two young kids. Drinking daily to drown her sorrows, it wasn’t until she started needing a drink in the morning that her health rapidly deteriorated. With liver problems and concerned that her kids might not have a mum if she continued drinking Rachel turned to AA and has managed to stay sober for 2 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.
7/19/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups - Odette and Daniel

Daniel grew up with an alcoholic dad and suffered low self-esteem and anxiety from a very early age. He was very confused by the alcoholic’s behaviour and saw the desperation in his mum as she tried to control the drinking. Dan was the youngest of 6 children and felt pressured to leave school and go to work in his mid-teens. He worked really hard but started taking anti-depressants and seeing counsellors to deal with his increasing anxiety but didn’t realize that alcoholism was the major cause.Odette grew up in a normal family but whilst very young assumed responsibility for looking after her family members. As a child she felt both capable and responsible, seeing herself as a fixer of family problems but also fearful of making mistakes. Odette was attracted to fix Dan and after she moved in with him she noticed his self-medication and anxiety problems.  This didn’t go down well with Dan and after Odette told her story of woe to a friend they recommended she go to Al-Anon Family Groups. Group meetings helped her to understand Dan’s behaviour and that trying to control another was doomed to failure.As Odette changed, Dan wanted to get similar benefits and read the Al-Anon literature that she left lying around the house. Dan eventually got up the courage to go to an Al-Anon meeting, was able to understand and accept his dad’s behaviour and as he began to relax found that he could think straight again.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
7/5/20180
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Narcotics Anonymous - Michael and Sandi

Michael and Sandi share their recovery stories, each growing up in families affected by alcoholism and where their parents split-up early. They initially tasted alcohol in their pre-teens before moving on to drinking and smoking weed in their early teens.For Michael, life got worse pretty quickly as he started chroming when his dad remarried and he left school at 15 years old and worked. He became violent to his parents; he left home to live with his girlfriend and started dealing drugs. His daily use of drugs and alcohol meant that working became more difficult as he lived a double life. Married with a small child in his early thirties, Michael’s marriage broke down; he assaulted his father and realized that he was the problem, not the drugs. He found Narcotics Anonymous, had 5 years clean but relapsed on alcohol before getting serious about living the 12 step program and has now been clean for over 5 years.Sandi suffered from anxiety and depression, was really scared and had a strong feeling of not belonging.  She was bullied in primary school but went on to get a scholarship to a private secondary school. Always the outsider, Sandi gravitated to the other outsiders and after binge drinking on weekends she ended up in a psych ward in year 12. Smoking heroin felt like it offered the magic code to life but it also contributed to further depression and severe mental health issues. Eventually injecting heroin and ice, Sandi nearly overdosed many times before getting into rehab and NA and rebuilding her life and is over 3 years clean.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
6/28/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Lisa and John

Lisa realised very early on that a little bit of alcohol made her feel better but it was when she experienced it at a teenage party that it really hit the spot. It reduced her anxiety and Lisa no longer felt like an outsider but connected to the world. By 16 years old Lisa was a wayward teenager and drinking more frequently, she left home, left school and started to work and lived with her grandmother. Lisa’s drinking continued during her twenties as a single working mum with a young child. As her drinking increasingly affected her work she found that she just couldn’t stop and eventually sought help from Alcoholics Anonymous.John starting drinking in his mid-teens, to address his self-consciousness and general unease with life. He continued drinking through school and university but it didn’t seem to affect his academic results. A holiday in Europe allowed John to drink more freely and he found that he was depressed when he was not drinking. He was very successful at work but became a workaholic and would often crash and burn for weeks at a time. John lost two jobs in quick succession, went to rehab, came in contact with AA and tried to stay dry but drank for another 18 months. After his marriage failed John decided to get serious about recovering in AA.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.
6/21/20180
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2018 Living Free Radiothon

Today’s guests are DAVID, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous; YVONNE, a member of Gamblers Anonymous and DREW, a member of Narcotics Anonymous, together with Astrid.The Radiothon theme this year is Fight for your Mic! That pretty much sums up LIVING FREE – by sharing recovery stories we’re talking about changing lives for alcoholics, gamblers and food and drug addicts, and their families. Remember, your support will keep our message of HOPE on the airwaves.You can financially support LIVING FREE and keep 3CR on the air for another year. Donate on-line at www.3cr.org.au/donate or call 3CR on (03) 9419 8377
6/14/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Maree & Sylvia

Sylvia grew up in a relatively poor farming family that avoided alcohol and she met and married a farmer when she was in her early twenties. She soon had three children and her husband’s drinking wasn’t a problem until the children left home. Sylvia’s marriage then slowly deteriorated and a tennis friend suggested that she go to Al-Anon Family Groups to get some help. She now understood how the family disease of alcoholism worked so that when her husband eventually divorced her she was able to use Al-Anon to rebuild her life.Maree grew up with an alcoholic grandfather and as a result her father was a very controlling teetotaller. She thought hers was a normal family but found it increasingly difficult and she was able to leave home eventually when she married at 21. Maree’s husband’s drinking was not problematic initially and she had 6 children. After twenty years into the marriage, around when the kids were working or at university, his drinking had seriously progressed and Maree contacted Alcoholics Anonymous to get help.  AA directed her to Al-Anon and Maree found through that by attending meetings she could continue to stay in the marriage, even though he still drank, and still have a good life.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
6/7/20180
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Trial Medically Supervised Injecting Centre - Judy Ryan and Colin Gomm

Judy and Colin outline the progress of the Trial Medically Supervised Injecting Centre development and how the residents group have continued to advocate for its acceptance and successful implementation in July 2018.Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions (RVSDS) is a group of City of Yarra residents from North Richmond and Abbotsford, who are directly and personally affected by the high levels of public drug taking and illicit drug dealing within the precinct. They successfully advocated for a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) to be trialled within the Victoria Street precinct; to address the high levels of public drug taking; unacceptable rates of overdoses and fatalities; and the associated drug dealing, crime and risk to public health and safety.To contact Residents for Victoria Street Drug Solutions, go online to vicstreetdrugsolutions.org or Facebook page victoriastreetdrugsolutions.
5/31/20180
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Narcotics Anonymous - John and Dave

John and Dave share their recovery stories, each growing up in a loving family they initially started drinking in their early teens before moving on to smoking weed then onto serious drugs.For John, life got worse pretty quickly as he was kicked out of home at 16 years old and as a homeless street kid joined a gang and started a life of drug use and crime, leading to youth detention. Homeless and taking care of his young son didn’t stop his drug use until his 16 year old son decided to leave him and he sought help from Narcotics Anonymous. After over 30 years of drug use John has been clean for nearly 6 years and now has a good relationship with his son and granddaughter.Dave was diagnosed with mental illness when he was 19 and was put on prescription drugs (benzo’s and painkillers) and quickly became dependent on these. He married and through work achieved money and property but 15 years after being introduced to heroin everything was gone. Dave started to self-harm and had many court appearances which eventually got him into detox again and he realized that NA could really help him. He has been clean for nearly 2 years and volunteers at a Drug Court in the outer East.If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.
5/24/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Geoff and Dan

Geoff was born in Scotland and grew up with an alcoholic dad and with friends that drank heavily.  He started drinking around 15 years old and was able to get into pubs underage. Geoff managed to get through university and into work while maintaining a heavy drinking load.  Problems came when married with two kids the family migrated to Australia and his marriage broke down.  Eventually Geoff found AA and has been sober for 11 years. He has remarried and has managed to re-establish now had good relations with his former wife and kids.Dan starting drinking in his early teens and he continued drinking through school and university. He was diagnosed with depression in his early 20’s and managed to stay off alcohol for around 7 years whilst on medication.  Eventually Dan got bored and smoked some dope and thought having a drinking wouldn’t hurt.  Very soon he was a daily drinker and sought help from AA where he found people he could trust to discuss his problem.   Dan found the spiritual side of the AA program helped him to feel comfortable and in control.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.
5/17/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous – Tim

Tim’s dad was a compulsive gambler and he started early to follow in his dad’s footsteps. Gambling on anything that ran, he avoided the pokies as they held no interest for him. Joining the Army didn’t stop his gambling and gave him a steady income to continue it unabated. Tim tried Gamblers Anonymous in 1986, stopping gambling for brief periods and then returned again in 1996.  It wasn’t until he got involved in helping others in GA and did the Steps that his life finally turned around.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
5/10/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Jason & Victor

Jason grew up with an alcoholic mum, although it took him many years to realize that her drinking was a problem because of his dad’s controlling and abusive behaviour.  Jason began drinking in his early teens and started to get into trouble. He was anxious and always trying to conform to others. Eventually he married and moved frequently to get a new start in life, eventually moving from Canada to Australia. Jason found Al-Anon after being in another 12th step group (CODA) for a couple of years. In Al-Anon he found that his fear reduced, he was able to build some real self-confidence and felt comfortable with his thoughts.Victor was one of six kids and grew up with a violent alcoholic father, who was always drunk and angry. He moved out of home in his mid-teens to escape but found difficulty with relationships due to his fear and always expecting the worst. Victor read about 12th Step programs in a book and came to Al-Anon to find out about the effects of alcoholism on him. In Al-Anon he realized that his family was sick, he was by-product of their dysfunction and this helped him to understand himself and others. Victor concentrates on one day at a time now, not dwelling on yesterday and worrying about tomorrow.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
5/3/20180
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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – Sam & Lilly

Sam had a love of sugar from the start and with an overweight brother the family had a focus on food control. Sam enjoyed visiting her cousins’ place to have treats and at home she often ate food alone or in hiding. She was often angry at her mum about what she felt was inadequate amounts of food and initially Sam didn’t look very overweight.  As she put on weight her body image worsened and it all came to a head when she was having her 3rd child and she had back, hips and knee problems. Sam tried many things to control her eating but it was her entry into Food Addicts that brought her mental relief from the food cravings and she started to lose weight. Over 10 years FA has enabled her to get back into life and enjoy her close relationships.Lilly had a similar attraction to sugary food as a kid and would often be humiliated by her dad for over eating biscuits and cake.  Her family restricted her eating and Lilly took to hiding food and eating it in secret, thus starting her battle with dieting and weight gain for life. Lilly was able to diet for special occasions, like her wedding but relaxed as soon as she reached her goal and went back to unrestrained eating. Even though she was a qualified dietician, Lilly couldn’t control her weight gain and eventually made it into FA.  She didn’t identify as an addict but quickly found the food plan helped her achieve her desired weight loss. Her food cravings subsided and after 6 years in FA now has a normal life.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 03 8594 2282 or see their website foodaddicts.org.
4/26/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous - Michael and Kirby

Michael’s parents were heavy drinkers and separated when he was young. Raised by others he learned to lie quickly and started drinking in his early teens, preferring port to beer as it did the job quicker.  His drinking quickly progressed from drinking at parties to stealing money to buy alcohol and getting drunk at every opportunity. Michael tried Uni twice but eventually managed to get a job and a stable relationship that allowed his drinking to progress till he became aware that his kids were scared of him. Michael got into rehab and then AA, only to realize how lonely he felt when he was not drinking. Getting honest in AA enabled him to straighten out his life and improve his relationships.Kirby also starting drinking in her early teens and her parents divorced allowing her to be a party girl from day one. Kirby moved out of home at 17 years old with her boyfriend and having very high aspirations, started to accumulate all the outward signs of success but was still empty inside. Drinking and drugging whenever she could Kirby had many geographicals as she moved from job to job. Kirby tried to give up the drink frequently but eventually, after one blackout too many, she sought help and came into AA. Not her preferred lifestyle she quickly found sober alcoholics in AA could enjoy life and not focus on alcohol.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.
4/19/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous – Viv & Todd

Viv only started gambling later in life when the Pokies came to town. It seemed glamourous at first and a safe place for women, but it was never a social thing. She started slowly but eventually became edgy and impatient to gamble. Money was always a problem as she became more reckless trying to win back her losses. She tried Gamblers Help but realized that she couldn’t control her gambling and went to Gamblers Anonymous briefly but didn’t stay. Viv’s crisis occurred when her support from her mum and sister ended suddenly and she turned back to GA in desperation.  Now free of her addiction Viv is able to enjoy her grandchildren and help other problem gamblers kick the habit.Todd had his first (winning) bet at 9 years old and it felt so euphoric that he can still remember all the details of the greyhound race vividly. Once he started working around 17 years old he went to the horse races and had win, then another win and he was hooked. Todd’s family was unaware that he was spending all his pay in the TAB, he tried all other forms of gambling but the TAB was the most convenient and anonymous.  He came into GA when he was 19 but could only stop gambling for short periods returning reluctantly for help. Todd came back to GA in earnest 15 years ago, he no longer has the urge to gamble and life is sweet.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
4/12/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Emma & Linn

Emma grew up in a close knit European family and didn’t have any exposure to excessive drinkers. She met her husband ad they had a good social life and were a happy family until his drinking progressed slowly. It became a serious problem after 20 years and Emma was working two jobs to keep the family going. Emma’s friend suggested that she go to Al-Anon Family Groups to get some help and she eventually got the courage to leave the marriage as her husband was unwilling to face his alcoholism..Linn grew up with an alcoholic father, although she thought that was normal as most kids’ parents drank a lot and there was plenty of family violence in the neighbourhood. Her mum protected her from her father but she was expected to keep quiet and not tell anyone. Linn’s mum also ensured that she had a good education and this enabled her to leave the family home in her late teens. Only after her mum and dad died Linn realize that alcoholism the family disease had left her angry and ill prepared for life. At the recommendation of a psychologist she went to Al-Anon and was able to understand why she was so fearful and anxious..If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
4/5/20180
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Overeaters Anonymous – Gemma

Gemma was aware that food played a big part in her life from a very young age. Being petite and enjoying dancing she managed to control her weight through a combination of self will and purging. Never overweight, Gemma flew under the radar during her early compulsive eating.  Gemma grew up with her dad in and out of AA, mum in Al-Anon and a brief stint in Alateen herself but found that as she entered her teens she became more obsessed with food. In her later teens she got a boyfriend who also enjoyed overeating and she started drinking and taking drugs as well.  Gemma got into OA around 19 years old and white-knuckled it for a few years while her body recovered. After about 6 years she started drinking again and joined AA to get off the booze.  Gemma’s food obsession is gone and she is now a regular at OA, AA and also Al-Anon meetings.If you’re experiencing difficulties in life as a result of your relationship to food and eating then Overeaters Anonymous could help you. Checkout their website: oa.org.au.
3/22/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Dave and Cat

Dave felt different from day 1 and was waiting for someone to come and take him to his true home. He started drinking at 14 years old with his friends and was a happy drunk. Dave’s drinking progressed steadily and as his friends dropped off to continue a normal life Dave ploughed on with drugs and alcohol. Diagnosed in his late teens with a psychiatric problem and with prescribed medication he was able to blame his drinking problems on his mental state. Supported in his drinking for the next 24 years by his wife and father, it wasn’t until they withdrew their support in his early forties that he found AA and has been sober for over 11 years.Cat came from a very controlling, male dominated migrant family and was traumatized by the violence she suffered at home. She started drinking with friends at 13 years old and found that it solved her feeling of disconnection. When her parents separated Cat rebelled and was able to have more freedom, drugs and alcohol but was eventually kicked out of home. She couch surfed for about 13 years before coming into AA in her late twenties, angry and violent when drunk. Cat found hope and support in AA and has been sober for over 3 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.
3/15/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Sue & Terri

Both Sue & Terri grew up in a pretty normal household but later realized that the effects of alcoholism were evident from the beginning.Sue left home at 18 years old to escape family duties and found that work was a chance to socialize. Meeting her husband through work she realized that he liked a drink but thought that could be managed. After 15 years of trying to cope with the effects of her husband’s drinking Sue admitted her problem to her mum, who suggested Al-Anon. Even though her husband didn’t stop drinking Sue found that Al-Anon helped her to develop her own life and have a much better relationship with him.Terri was the youngest of six kids and by the time she was 10 years old her brother’s alcoholism had become a problem. She travelled overseas at 17 yo and was staying with him when his life spiralled out of control and he came into AA. Back home Terri went to university and met her partner in the uni culture of heavy drinking and partying. Her life eventually became focussed on his drinking and it wasn’t until he went into rehab that she found out about Al-Anon.  It helped Terri to focus on her own recovery, re-establishing broken friendships and rediscovering her sober partner.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
3/1/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and SLAA – Terry

Terry realized when he was 5 years old that he was more into food than plating with other kids. His gambling addiction started at a weekend pokies venue visit when he was just 16 – pulling the leaver felt like heaven. After being picked on as a kid due to his weight he started a successful boxing career as a kid but gave up to be with girls. Gambling became problematic and he managed to stay in GA for 3 ½ years. Overeating again and in difficult relationships he found SLAA and then OA to deal with his serious food and love addictions. Terry re-joined GA again seriously after a 10 year break and has now found recovery in each fellowship.Contacting those 12th step fellowships:Gamblers Anonymous:– gaaustralia.org.auOvereaters Anonymous: – oa.org.auSex and Love Addicts Anonymous: – slaa.org.au
2/22/20180
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Alcoholics Anonymous – Luke

Luke was introduced to alcohol around 10 years old didn’t initially like it but that came when he was 14 and started drinking on weekends with friends. Luke started to suffer a bit of depression in late high school and then found drugs and smoking dope when he was at university. He realized drinking was a problem in his early 20’s but couldn’t get the incentive to stop. When he was nearing 30 Luke contacted Lifeline when his daily drinking was out of his control but it wasn’t until his uncle got sober that he first went to AA. After 18 months he was back in rehab and then into AA and managed to get 5 years sober before another 3 ½ year break. Luke’s now 3 months sober and getting stuck into the 12 Steps.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.
2/15/20180
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Gamblers Anonymous – Brett

Brett had a very normal family life but found that he was fascinated with numbers and analysing the odds of favourites winning horseraces from a very early age. He started gambling in earnest when he was 18 and like his friends it was part of typical social life. But Brett found that he continued gambling well after his friends gave up for the night. His gambling progressed and so did the lies, deception and isolation. Assisted by his family to seek help from Gamblers Anonymous in his early 30’s he couldn’t stay stopped and it wasn’t till about 9 years later when it was threatening his marriage that he returned to GA. Brett is now enjoying a new life has managed to be free from the desire to gamble for over a year.If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.
2/8/20180
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Al-Anon Family Groups – Janina & Christian

Both Janina and Christian had a dad who suffered from alcoholism but they had very different lives.Janina’s mum developed a mental illness and she felt silenced as a 10 years old and withdrew from social contact before rebelling at the strict control exercised by her ethnic family and leaving home at 18. Janina went on to marry an alcoholic and to live in poverty and isolation with 3 young children. After leaving her husband and with the help of some school mum friends she was coaxed her into Al-Anon and her recovery began.Christian’s dad became paranoid about the controlling political regime in Chile and the family migrated to Australia when he was 4 years old. His dad’s drinking just got worse and there was family violence with event his mum physically abusing them as kids. Like many adult children from alcoholic homes, Christian thought that he was the problem in the family and sought help from multiple self-help groups. He was fortunate to have a sponsor that identified the alcoholism issues and to recommend he try Al-Anon.If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you could phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.
2/1/20180
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AA and Al-Anon – Dayna and Di

Dayna had a fairly normal home life but was attracted to alcohol in her early teens and started drinking around 15 years old when she started working. Dayna joined a band at 17 and thought her drinking was fairly normal compared to others in that scene. Things changed when she had her child in her late twenties and found that she was pretty dependent on alcohol on a daily basis. Dayna got into AA and stayed around for 6 years before her first break, then came back into AA for another 5 years before another break and the realization that she needed to do the 12 steps to really recover.Di’s father became a problem drinker when she was in her early twenties and she found that her mum’s reaction was bigger a problem than her dad’s drinking.  Di felt that her family environment had groomed her to marry an alcoholic and when she did she felt trapped. Di heard about alcoholism on the radio and was able to contact Al-Anon through the AA helpline. Initially she felt like she could save the alcoholic and it took her about 10 years before she started coming to Al-Anon to help herself.  Al-Anon allowed her to detach from the alcoholic and live her own life to the fullest.Contacts:Alcoholics Anonymous on 1300 222 222 or see their website aa.org.au.Al-Anon Family Groups on 1300 252 666 or go online at www.al-anon.org.au.