I would like to record my gratitude for the support that CCW gave me through a very dark time in my life.

My life was gradually spiralling out of control over a five-year period, due to family loss/tragedy.

  • 2006 my 19-year old daughter was killed in a car accident – this rocked me to the core
  • 2010 my brother took his own life – I felt completely wretched
  • 2013 my father passed away – a deep loss and a very bleak time for me

However the hostility within my own family over my father’s estate was the most earth shattering of all.I was devastated, totally gutted. All the trauma and grief hit me like a lighting bolt and in my state of anguish I turned to alcohol, and eventually ICE. At the time this seemed to me to be the only way to cope. Of course substance abuse takes any control you do have away and I would not wish this period of my life on my worst enemy.

I sought help from Ozhelp initially and they recommended I speak with you. I know it was your preference for me to seek (more immediate) help interstate however not wanting to leave Canberra. I made the decision to wait for a place at Karralika.

Despite going against original advice, CCW still paid for my four weeks at Karralika.

I left Karralika before the due date, so I guess you could say I bailed early from the Karralika program, still CCW didn’t abandon me. I spent the next eight months at Nexis, the community-based half way house managed by Karralika. Without the financial support of CCW it would have been very difficult for me to stay in rehab.

It’s important to note that the reason I left Karralika early was due to being exposed to individuals dealing with their own range of demons and this can sometimes bring you undone. I learnt tolerance and acceptance at Karralika and I feel privileged to have gone through their program, however I knew when it was time to leave.

I’m really proud to say that I have been sober for 18 months now and have been clean from Ice for over 12 months.

Without the support of CCW I’m not sure where I’d be today. And I’m not even a union member, nor was I asked to become one. You helped because you thought it was the right thing to do.


Thank you


Stuart Ryan