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Why my best Christmas was in Rehab
  It was five days out from Christmas and I was facing one of the most painful periods of my life. I had fallen into a deep depression, my relationship had suddenly ended, my eating disorder was out of control and the tyrant that lived inside my head unrelenting and more viscous than ever. So…with no family in Australia, nowhere to live, and a pain in my heart so great I thought it would explode I began to contemplate the thought of actually going into rehab over Christmas. As I look back, going into treatment was the only right step...
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Why Women’s Health Week isn’t the key to your wellbeing: you are!
As I scrolled over the media surrounding Women’s Health Week in anticipation of adding to the discussion, I felt an unease wash over me and wondered how I was going to contribute when what I saw didn’t ignite within me any sort of inspiration. There was nothing ‘wrong’ with what I saw; images of happy and healthy women, contributions from wellbeing experts and a plethora of suggestions on how to reach optimum wellbeing, it was more about what I felt …which was less encouraged and more pressure to look outside rather than in for my best possible self. So…. instead...
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Embracing Discomfort Is Where The Recovery Gold Is
“This capacity leads us to the very heart of what makes recovery sustainable, and life worth living, because almost everything that human beings deeply crave lies on the other side of avoiding discomfort.” Very often, people come to treatment expecting to be fixed,…for all the struggle to just melt away and be replaced by an easy, comfortable life. Sounds great doesn’t it? Most human beings are partial to chasing this beautiful fantasy in some way, shape or form, particularly during times of struggle, but wouldn’t something incredibly vital be lost if we were ever granted such an instant miracle? Haven’t...
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Byron Private Attends Parliamentary Inquiry
Byron Private recently made a written submission to the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote NSW. We were privileged to then be invited as one of just two private operators in our area to personally meet with the committee members and discuss our view. From a regulatory perspective, it was noted that the addiction treatment industry is largely unregulated.  The parliamentary committee took the time to understand Byron Private’s comprehensive governance model, including the participation of highly qualified professionals, adoption of international best practices, and voluntary attainment of ISO accreditation.  It...
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