The stories and testimonials on this page reflect the courage, hope and experiences of those who have had a Drug ARM experience. While each person who has an experience with Drug ARM has a unique story, there are similarities between those who have been affected by alcohol and other drugs. Read what they have to say.
It started when my mate passed away. I got heavy into drugs, which meant I ended up on the streets. I ended up losing my home, my family, and my friends. I felt alone, lost and without hope. I had nowhere to go and no one to turn to. It got so bad that I even considered suicide. When I got in touch with Drug ARM, they helped – they helped me so much. With their help and support, I am now 3 years sober. To have someone there constantly to talk to no matter the issue, it was just so important, and made all the difference.
Drug ARM educated my mum that her purpose was not to fix everything, because that is just not possible. Instead they provided her with the resources that would help us cope. She encouraged, no nagged, me to go to Drug ARM as well, being the loving soul that she is. I was reluctant to walk in there, I’d tried so many things and didn’t want to go somewhere clinical again. But, they made me feel so welcome, as though I was walking into someone’s home. I’m so glad I chose to go, because I can truly say that I’m happy now. I caught myself singing along to the music in a supermarket the other day and was just so amazed when I realised I was happy. Those moments when you accept that you’re feeling a way you haven’t felt in so long – they are incredible.
My counsellor understands me
I’m an alcoholic. Since I came to Drug ARM I’ve been able to have days off and when I do drink, I don’t drink as much any more. My counsellors have helped motivate me to stay sober. I now look forward to talking to my counsellors. My counsellor helped me see that I have a future to look forward to. She helped me to learn to let go of my past and make positive choices. She taught me I don’t have to drink to numb my pain. I still struggle with alcohol and with my past, but I’m learning new skills to help me cope. I finally feel that somebody understands me.
You don't know till you try
I highly recommend for anyone using any kind of drugs to come in and give counselling a try. You don’t know till you try. It’s not a waste of time. I enjoy coming to Drug ARM. I enjoy the feedback that I get. It’s really helped me in a big way to cut down on the amount I was using when I started. I felt heard by my support workers, I feel they care. I’ve come so far already, I think this is really going to help me.
After 16 plus years of Amphetamine and Ice use I sought help through Drug ARM. I can not speak highly enough of the staff and counsellors, they took the time to listen and help support me, helping me to get my life back on track. I have now been clean for over three months, I am setting goals saving money, working and getting on with my life.
drug arm client
I have been going to Drug ARM and I would like to say they have been very good to talk to. I can talk to them when I'm upset and they help me. They help me to set goals and talk about my issues. How to cope and manage relationships. They are helping me to change my life. I am happy with the service. I'm feeling in a better place, happier and more confident.
Drug Arm Client
The service was good. The counsellors at Drug ARM made me feel understood and were nice people. They constantly provided helpful advice and when it would not work in my situation, would then provide a variety of options and strategies as alternatives. The program changed me in a lot of ways and I've become a better person.
Drug ARM Client
I was having a pretty hectic day and things weren't going well. I was adamant I was buying drugs straight after my treatment session, it was only the second one and didn't think much could stop me but I was wrong. Things went really well. The clinical worker calmed me down, we got a plan in place and she even checked in with me a couple of hours later which was good to help keep me on track.
Drug ARM Client
I just wanted to write about the care and counselling I'm getting from Drug ARM. I have been seeing them for the last few weeks. I am a recovering addict and have been clean over a couple of years now. My time spent with them has been so useful and supportive in many aspects of my life that I can't wait til my next session. They have helped with financial things, communication, self care, meeting new people and most important of all staying clean.
Drug ARM Client
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