Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Helping Fight Addictions; First Step Is Admission, Then You Talk about It

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Helping Fight Addictions; First Step Is Admission, Then You Talk about It

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Byline: LIAM BUTTERWORTH liam.butterworth @gladstoneobserver.com.au

AFTER 27 years as a drug addict and a big fight to get clean, Steven Davidson is helping other people in similar situations.

Mr Davidson is a facilitator at the SMART Recovery program in Gladstone.

Run each Tuesday night at the Port Curtis Education Centre, the program is returning.

SMART stands for Self Management and Recovery Training, that teaches "practical skills to help you deal with your problems enabling you to abstain and achieve a healthy lifestyle balance".

Participation is voluntary, and people are given the chance to speak about a wide range of issues and ways of making changes in their lives.

"We work on a week-to-week basis, not on old war stories," he said.

"We talk about failures, successes and we encourage people to come even if they have lapsed that week. We do not discourage people from coming even if they are still using."

The program was started in Gladstone by Barbara Isenring and Brenda Elkins four years ago. …

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