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"I've been an addict for approximately 40 years. Obviously, I have seen a lot of counsellors and been to a lot of rehabs.
Dean and Eddie have created a safe space where addicts and placement students can come and learn tools and find acceptance. Here we are taught that connection, community and purpose are the opposites of addiction, I've found this to be true.
We are a diverse group of people coming together to grow and become confident, active and effective members of our community."
"I walked through the doors at START lost, isolated, disconnected, physically and mentally drained with 33 years of drug addiction.
Thanks to the support of the START program I have now made changes that I never thought possible in rebuilding and transforming my life, reconnecting with family and friends and finding purpose.
Such a diverse course with some NA based approaches, personal development, group discussions, one-on-one sessions and many other tools that are teaching me to cope with life. I am now on the road to recovery. Thanks to all the facilitators especially Dean and Eddie."
"I came across the start program while I was having my first serious craving for ice after being off that drug for 4 months. My life had come falling down around me. I had been evicted from my house as I was unable to maintain the property. My children had been removed from my care by DHHS, my family and friends had wiped me from their lives as
I knew I couldn't go back to the drugs, I had to get clean and stay clean in order to turn my life around and get my children back into my care. Making the phone call to the start program was scary as it meant
I have been a member of the start community for a few months now and it honestly had helped me
"Getting involved with the START program is one of the best things I have ever done for myself.
To be a member of such a loving supporting community is a huge blessing and it has honestly changed my life. I still have a long way to go, but the friendships and
I never realised people like these existed. Hugely inspirational, caring and 100% helpful."