Part 5: Aboriginal Stories | Living with Alcohol Dependency – Words of Wisdom

Part 5: Aboriginal Stories | Living with Alcohol Dependency – Words of Wisdom


For my recovery I need to be me and I need to be open and I need to be honest about who I am and where I’ve come from. I find that that’s the only way I can survive. Yeah, I discovered the real Anthony. You know, as an Indigenous person that I am. I’m from the Wiradjuri tribe near Orange and yes, I was that bad bloke when I was drinking and drugging. I thought I was the king. I thought I was all the way up there Invincible. Untouchable. No-one can not touch me but today I don’t know nothing. Don’t know nothing at all. Back then I thought I know it all but today I don’t know nothing. ‘Cause if it wasn’t without Marrin Weejali and the counsellors on board there I wouldn’t have a clue. Give yourself to the program. Have a go at it, you know. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You can always go back to drinking. You can, what’s the…I just think you just…give it a go. It’s going to be a struggle. What do you want to do in life? Do you always want to be remembered as the the piss head sitting at the pub or something do something with your life and that’s what I chose. I chose to do something with my life instead of drinking it away. You know you’ve not got this violent intimidating Anthony no more, you got the kind hearted, help others person today. That’s who I am today. ‘Cause my old behaviours were just, ‘C’mon let’s go’ and that’s what the disease wants. Oh yeah, come on, let’s go. and then you feel guilty and shame afterwards and then where it goes? You go back to square one but today if you walk away you got your pride checked and your spirit still there and that’s what I learnt today is to walk away or talk about it. Talk the issues out but first things first, I walk away and come back to that situation and say listen, this is how I felt, you know. I need to sort this out because you really hurt me. Like come on man, you didn’t need to be like that. You know what I’m saying? The way I felt, I put how I feel into it now. We all have different traits. We came from those areas so we can empower others to step out and step into the new person the person they’re supposed to be all their lives. You know. I believe I’ve conquered the ripple effect in my generational curse if that’s what they’d call it. [LAUGHS]

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