Mick grateful for his chance to GROW
Mick, a Clarence Coast man who has suffered mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction, has paid tribute to GROW for helping put balance back into his life.
In a testimonial, 'Journey To Personal Value', Mick praises the field work of this support movement, which has a Grafton chapter.
GROW, funded by the NSW Health Department and Central Sydney Area Health Service, is anonymous, non-denominational and open to all.
Mick grew up with a father who, he claimed, lived by a code of regimental brutality, beating and humiliating his siblings and himself on a regular basis.
"My school years were filled with the dread of feeling inadequate because of this abuse," he said.
"Then there were inadequate attempts at socialising, although I had a keen interest at surfing, this soon deteriorated as I found refuge in alcohol and drug abuse.
"This only highlighted feelings of inadequacy."
Mick said his attempts at becoming responsible led to a marriage and two children, for which he was never qualified.
He became like his own father as he battled his personal demons.
After attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Mick learned of GROW and adopted its principles, one of which was the necessity to use his reason.
"It is a fact that many of us would not have got sick if our faculty for clear, objective reasoning, had not been under-developed, weak and sickly when called on to face stresses, conflicts and emotional pressures that finally unbalanced us," he said.
Mick said there had been definite changes for the better in his life, so much so that he was able to understand and to forgive his father.
GROW can be contacted on 9569 5566 or 1800 032 120, or at www.growint.org.au