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  • Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Pokitren
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:43 pm

    Hi all! Let me join your forum. I think I'm going to like it here :)
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    Melody12
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Wed Jan 26, 2022 6:03 am

    Good Morning @Pokitren ,

    Welcome to the Counselling Online forum.

    Melody12
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    Lhiver
    Community Builder
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Wed Jan 26, 2022 7:28 pm

    Welcome to our newest member @Isabella.Victoria

    This is a judgement free space for you to share you journey and connect with others. You'll find all kinds of support and advice amongst the threads!

    When you feel up to t, you can use this thread to introduce yourself and share a little about what bought you to the forums today! :o
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    PnorkelPW
    Peer Worker
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    Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:14 pm

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Thu Jan 27, 2022 8:22 pm

    Welcome to the forums @Username969, @Bjg, @Bear01, @Schukkas, @Jen78 and @Cleanbandit..............if I share experience or help in any way please feel free to tag me in your post and I'll get back to you when I'm online
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    ScorpionPW
    Peer Worker
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    Joined: Tue Apr 13, 2021 10:06 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Wed Feb 02, 2022 9:02 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing @Blue74, I can really relate.

    I remember I would always get to a point with smoking pot where it would stop giving me much relief and my addiction would get so bad that it was nearly impossible to smoke enough to get to sleep. Everytime I would get to this point my thinking would gradually become darker and it was like a veil started to enclose me. I would endure this for as long as I could until I would just start smoking again.

    For me it was self medication as well, it was how I coped with every traumatic experience I had and it felt impossible to face the pain in my past, day to day struggles and fears of the future without it. It wasn't until I ended up in a very scary place with my mental health as a result of it that I knew I had no other choice other than to stop. It was really scary because I didn't think I would survive without it.

    The only thing that got me through was getting support from people in 12 step meetings, I did NA meetings and found people who had also felt they could never live without drugs but had found another way to live who seemed happy and healthy. It was hard for me to believe at first but it gave me hope and I trusted the energy there as I was shown such unconditional care and regard for my well being like I'd never experienced before. Having this recovery community around me allowed me to stay off everything and begin to work through my trauma and everything I was carrying in a safe and supported environment whilst building myself a new life.

    I tell you one thing, if it wasn't for this support and community there's no way I would have made it through without picking up again. I've been in recovery for nearly 13 years now but that's how my journey began.

    I'm wondering what other supports you have and if you've ever tried any peer groups before? Also how you're travelling at the moment? :)
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    Blue74
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    Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:19 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Fri Feb 04, 2022 8:30 am

    Hi @PnorkelPW & @ScorpionPW thanks

    I’ve been writing a list since early December to prepare and have everything I need that’s important for a proper assessment because I made a mess of my last one. Being brave enough to be completely honest and shifting things to work with me instead of against like knowing I don’t get much out of appointments with something written down because I just get anx and can’t think and then having not getting across what I need to or remembering everything I needed to say or being even able to talk cos anx and/or crying.

    Doing things properly is where I’ve gone wrong in the past. Everyone else could just give up and dealt with it. Only now am I trying to get a team together for help and actually ask for it properly.

    I went to my doctor and need to book again because I went without a note lol. I have a psychology appt with someone new next week and now I need to find a drug counsellor. My doctor forgot to do the referral I think. I hope I can be an outpatient. I think she’s encouraging inpatient. I don’t want to be like stuck on yuck meds.

    I joined NA but online and I keep missing the meetings lol. I need to set an alarm. I might do that now.

    Have you had like a other type of drug counsellor too? Someone to call or something? I feel like I want a big arsenal of people to call on because I don’t really have people.
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    teapot
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Fri Feb 04, 2022 9:06 am

    @Blue74 it sounds like you have a lot of insight about what is and isn't helpful for you. Advocating for yourself is hard work, good on you for showing up. You're worth fighting for <3

    If you're looking for a counselling service you can call when you need it, the National AOD Helpline is staffed by drug and alcohol counsellors and is 24 hours in most states: 1800 250 015
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    PnorkelPW
    Peer Worker
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    Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:14 pm

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Mon Feb 07, 2022 10:08 pm

    @Blue74 it looks like you've got a pretty good awareness of how you can get the most out of yourself through this.

    Through my journey with AA I collected quite a few phone numbers of people to call. So many people will offer you their number because all they want you to do is call if you're struggling. For that reason I'd encourage you to attend in person meetings at NA if you can. Most of the help I found wasn't in the actual meeting, it was talking to people before and after the meeting. That's where I asked all the questions and found out that most of the people there had had the same thoughts, fears and anxieties I'd had. Through the meetings I found out that I wasn't alone.

    When you say inpatient are you talking about a detox? If so, having worked in a detox I found that meds were only given for the first 4 days or so and were just to get over the initial hump. A detox can be a really supportive environment to easy through that difficult first phase.

    In reading your posts I'm seeing that you're really becoming willing to get honest with doctors and counsellors, etc. I'd encourage you to be open with each of them about what you're working on with the others and to give consent for them to talk to each other. This can help ensure that everyone is on the same page and taking your treatment in the same direction. You're right when you say that having a big arsenal works. I've got a brilliant GP, a psych I can turn to, various people within the AOD from addiction specialists to mental health nurses to counsellors.

    You're off to a great start..........I'd encourage calling the 24 hour support lines to get put in touch with other counsellors who might be able to help and to talk other people at the NA meetings and find out what has helped them.

    Keep us updated on your progress
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    Lhiver
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Wed Feb 09, 2022 2:51 pm

    welcome to the forums to our new members @cm125 , @NewBee and @joejo389

    These forums are place for you to share your journey and find advice and support. You can connect with others in the threads!

    If you have any questions you can use the @ symbol to tag either myself or our peer workers @ScorpionPW and @PnorkelPW :)
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    ScorpionPW
    Peer Worker
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Thu Feb 10, 2022 10:22 pm

    I really relate to what you're saying @Blue74 in regards to trying to set up appointments with counselors, get assessments or whatever it was and just feeling so overwhelmed and anxious that the time would come and I'd either not show up or just shut down.

    What really helped me overcome this was NA meetings. Just being able to go somewhere without having to prepare anything, with no expectations and just feeling supported no matter what state I was in helped me so drastically. Also, slowly getting to know people, becoming a part of the recovery community and finding my people, not feeling alone anymore and having support to call on if I ever needed it. There's a lot of face to face meetings on now as well, I'm not sure where you're located but I would strongly recommend giving it a good crack and going to some meetings.

    The thing is, recovery often isn't a linear journey. It's just great that you're continuing to reach out, continuing to try and not giving up on seeking help. All the supports are there but sometimes it can take some time and trial and error to see what fits for you.

    Another thing that could be helpful is ringing Direct Line on 1800 888 236. You can contact them 24/7 if you're ever in a rough spot or need someone to talk to.

    It would be great to hear how you're going and what your experience is like if you check out some meetings :)
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    Lhiver
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    Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 9:59 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Sat Feb 12, 2022 10:47 am

    good morning on this sunny Saturday! I want to start off the weekend by saying a massive welcome to our newest members @Dean P @Dean 82 @jks33 @Nicknak and @CreativeUsername @Orangegrove and @Lucasland

    These forums are a space for you to share your journey and connect with others who also have lived experiences.

    If you have any questions, feel free to tag myself or our wonderful peer workers @ScorpionPW and @PnorkelPW and we'll get back to you ASAP :D
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    PnorkelPW
    Peer Worker
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Mon Feb 14, 2022 9:59 pm

    More than happy to help in any way I can @Dean P @Dean 82 @jks33 @Nicknak @CreativeUsername @Orangegrove and @Lucasland ..........yell out if there's anything you need
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    Lhiver
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    Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 9:59 am

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Tue Feb 15, 2022 8:31 am

    Good morning and welcome to our new members @Shira2022 , @Ill do better , @MakeitCount and @fweetcake87

    The Counselling Online Forums are a safe, non-judgemental place for you to share your journey through recovery! Everyone here has lived experience and is here to offer support and advice.

    You can use this thread to introduce yourself a little, maybe just start with your hobbies, goals or what bought you to the forums today :)
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    Androgene Jo
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    Joined: Mon Dec 06, 2021 10:24 pm

    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:21 am

    Hi All,

    I could write at length, but think I will not at this time.

    My current GP has rubbish mental health, drug and alcohol counselling skills. I have some counselling skills, couple of uni subjects in, which is enough to tell me when the health professional I am talking to, does not.

    So I need a new GP, in my area, with a professional interest/expertise/specialisation in mental health, and drug and alcohol abuse. I have been wondering how I can find myself one of those..

    I am unaware of any GP review and ranking sites or services, like Google reviews or Yelp... out of 5 stars... but there should be. One of those would be contentious.

    I have thought of working the system backwards, by contacting practicing drug and alcohol services or counsellors in my area and asking them is there are GPs they know of, who are good with those things.

    Or just ring up the practices and ask.

    Bye for now. :)
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    Lhiver
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    Re: Introduce yourself here - lived experience

    Wed Feb 16, 2022 1:49 pm

    heya @Androgene Jo I'm sorry to hear you've been having issues with your GP. It's so disheartening when medical professionals don't have great skills in relation to such serious issues!

    It's great that you're prepping to find yourself someone more understanding!

    the PWs might have some advice @PnorkelPW and @ScorpionPW do you have any advice on finding a GP that is a bit more sensitive to this?
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