ReGen Client Stories

Articles written by clients for clients

This is the text of Bill's presentation at our recent Innovation Seminar.  Bill gives a great account of the impacts of his methamphetamine dependence on his physical and mental health, the pressure on his family and the difficulties facing those seeking treatment within established AOD service models.  Experiences like his are one of the key drivers for the changes we've been making to our approach to methamphetamine withdrawal.  Video of the seminar (including Bill's presentation) is available on our YouTube channel.  Photos from the event are on our Facebook page.

Hello and welcome everyone, my name is Bill Parasidis, I would like to thank ReGen for the opportunity to give this presentation, also to noted speakers and presenters who have given their time and knowledge for the topic that has and is, making a massive impact on our community, our children, fathers, mothers, our friends, and our loved ones: Methamphetamine use and dependency.
I am a recovering crystal meth addict on a 1 Gram a day habit, for the last 9 years.  I was in the banking and finance sector, I was a loving father, and loving son, a brother, an uncle, a friend, I emphasize on the word WAS...

Read more: My experience of methamphetamine dependence and recovery - by Bill (25/03/14)

The second part of Olives's story focuses on what she has done to make changes: including her making contact with our services, undertaking withdrawal at Curran Place and commencing with the Catalyst program.  Unfortunately, her story also highlights how difficult many people find it to get help when they need it most.  It provides an important reminder to service providers of the importance of getting the basics right: treat people with respect, provide a welcoming environment and (most importantly) listen to what they are saying. 

I thought that admitting I had an addiction was the most difficult thing to do. I was wrong. Finding help or someone who would listen without judgement indeed was...


Note: Olive has now started her own blog: 'Confessions of a Recovering Alcoholic'. Check it out.

Read more: My story (Part 2) - by Olive (13/02/14)

This is the first part of Olive's story.  It tells of the various factors that contributed to her AOD and mental health concerns and the start of the process of rebuilding her life. 

Recent events prompted me to look up my family history. Curiously enough, I never got past my great grandparents from both sides of my family. The most interesting part was the fact that each member of my extended family was either an alcoholic or mentally ill or at worst, both....


Note: Olive has now started her own blog: 'Confessions of a Recovering Alcoholic'. Check it out.

Read more: My story (Part 1) - by Olive (06/02/14)

Hi everyone,

As an ex-methamphetamine user, I am so excited about the launch of the Methamphetamines Personal Education Program. With meth use steadily climbing and becoming such a problem for so many people in our community, it is fantastic to see new initiatives developed specifically for meth users. I really encourage current users who are thinking about attending this program to give it a go – it might just be the one thing which sparks a change in your life. It is also a great opportunity to link up with peers who are in a similar position and share stories and strategies.

Read more: My recovery journey (so far) - by Jay Bee (18/12/13)

My first Day at Gwyneth Williams House, I was so afraid of the dreaded thought of detoxing ie. becoming sober …

Even though I know it was something I needed and wanted it was like I was afraid of the reality I was soon going to have to face. I had been able to block out everything my whole world – my life, my past, even my present. My daily substance abuse was my escape from everything for me, to hide within a world where it made everything not seem so bad.

Read more: My first Day at Williams House
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