Anyone who uses alcohol or other drugs can develop dependence. People end up in difficulty for a wide range of reasons. Sometimes a background of abuse or disadvantage has taken its toll. Stress associated with a major traumatic event can precipitate a cycle of dependence.
But it is also true that many people with alcohol and other drug issues come from backgrounds of advantage, with supportive loving families and plenty of opportunity. There may be no history of drug or alcohol dependence in their family.
Just as there is no one reason for alcohol or drug dependence, there is no one cure.
Dependence is not caused by moral failing or lack of will power. Nor is it a simple thing to overcome. But it can be overcome and even seemingly hopeless situations can be completely turned around. Often, by the time people seek help with their alcohol or drug problem, they have many other issues to face. Alcohol and other drugs can seem to be a solution to problems but the sad fact is they have caused many more problems than they ever solved.
These people come from many different circumstances. Some have managed their substance dependence while continuing to hold down a job, raise children and be active members of their community. Others have lost their home, family, friends, dignity and finally, hope.
The one thing they have in common is that alcohol and other drugs are causing problems in their lives. Some want to stop completely. Others want to cut down and explore other issues. Windana will walk with them whatever path they choose, illuminating choices and encouraging change and growth.
The following snapshots offer a view of what life has been like and what changed for people who have been through Windana services.