Back Blogging and an Update

Firstly, an apology for my longer than planned break. I had decided to take some time out from my websites before our wonderful holiday in magical Broome.

I’ve also been busy preparing a new version of my eBook Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe which I will be sending to a publisher for consideration. I really want this important Story to find a wider audience. In addition, I’ve been writing content for our website The Carrolup Story and have linked up with a children’s author/illustrator, Lisa Martello-Hart, to develop a new exciting project. Busy times – no peace for the wicked!

I’ll be posting the first of a three part article, What Works in Treatment: Sapphire’s Story, on my Recovery Stories blog tomorrow. I’ll then be posting on that blog a few times a week. I also wanted to let you know that I’m back loading up more of my education series Background Briefings, which I originally wrote for Drink and Drugs News (DDN), the leading UK magazine focused on drug and alcohol treatment. I’ve loaded three of the Briefings entitled The Drug Experience: Heroin, which begins here.

I’ve also loaded something very different in the Healing section of the website. Back in September 2013, my good friend Michael Liu and I spent a day in York, Western Australia, filming and interviewing Professor Marion Kickett, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University in Perth, talking about her country, culture, life experiences, healing and various other matters. Marion is a Noongar from the Balardong language group. It was an amazing day and we were able to edit 12 film clips of Marion, totalling around 65 minutes. You can find those films here and here.

Finally, I would just like to remind you about my eBook, Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction, which can be purchased at a very reasonable price via Apple, Amazon or Kobo.

The book provides important insights into recovery and recovery-based care by showing the lived experience of recovery, through a collection of twelve inspiring Stories that describe people’s journey’s into and out of drug and/or alcohol addiction. Three additional Recovery Stories focus on family members whose lives have been affected by a loved one’s substance use problem. All the book’s storytellers have gone on to help other people with their recovery journey. The book contains the expanded versions of the stories that are told on this website. Most of the contributors provided a seven year update to their original stories.

In addition to a Prologue, the book contains two additional chapters, one focusing on Factors That Facilitate Recovery and the other, entitled Brain Chemicals to Human Connection, which outlines the my journey in the addiction recovery field.

I would greatly appreciate if you would tell friends and colleagues about the book. Many thanks.