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"The support I got to accept my son's choices and keep an open and healthy relationship with him and each other"

About: Community And Family Support Service (CAFSS) - Drug ARM -Brisbane Healthy Options Australia

(as a parent/guardian),

My son came home to recover. We all wanted to support him in this but found it really difficult to balance that with our needs as a family. I asked everywhere I could think of to get expert help for us - lots out there for my son, but we'd almost given up on finding anything for the people who love him. And then we found Drug Arm (Annerley). I went to the group meetings and had one on one counselling. I met people who understand our situation and all its challenges, and also got a much much better understanding of addiction. With time and a whole lot of support from Catherine, Momo and Monica, ultimately I got to understand myself better and the things I can change that will make it possible for our family to stick together and love each other through this difficult time. So far we're all doing ok!

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Response from Michelle Ryan, Clinical Services Coordinator, Healthy Options Australia 8 years ago
Michelle Ryan
Clinical Services Coordinator,
Healthy Options Australia
Submitted on 5/02/2016 at 3:55 PM
Published on Care Opinion at 4:37 PM

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Dear Mummabear,

Thank you for your kind feedback. You have raised such a critical issue - limited support for the loved ones' of people with issues related to their substance use. Drug ARM recognises how necessary connectedness and relationships are for recovery. Staying connect helps us as individuals, as families and as communities.

I am very pleased to hear that your experience with Drug ARM was beneficial to you and the people you love.

I will ensure that the staff you have named receive the feedback and praise for their excellent work. We are very fortunate at Drug ARM to have compassionate and skilled workers.

I know that everyone at Drug ARM wishes you and your family continued wellbeing.

Kind regards,


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