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The Health & Wellness intro to Drug and Alcohol support services blog, Melbourne, aims to provide an online discussion platform for people seeking information on appropriate support services and like minded professionals to discuss the many approaches, benefits, philosophies and challenges experienced by practitioners and people accessing addiction treatment and recovery support services.

The platform provides an opportunity for relevant and authoritative health and wellness organisations providing treatment and support to individuals and families impacted by addiction an opportunity to introduce themselves, their organisations and provide relevant articles.

All submissions must include an introduction by an authorised representative of the organisation providing the introduction.

Article 1

My name is Jason Bowman and I am the CEO at Addiction Solutions Victoria (ASV).

At ASV, we offer personalised and affordable recovery support packages delivered in the privacy and safety of people’s own homes. These packages provide people seeking support to substance misuse or addiction access to experienced staff and evidenced based approaches and provide all participants authentic opportunity at positive change.

ASV Incorporated is a registered not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of committed family members, community members and people in recovery.

Call ASV for a free phone consultation 03 8374 7648

or for more information email

1227-1229 Malvern Road

Malvern, VIC 3144 – by appointment only.

Benefits of family involvement in a persons addiction treatment.

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When I first accessed rehabilitation treatment for my drug and alcohol issues at the age of 27 I thought that I was the only one with the problem and that my alcohol and drug abuse wasn’t affecting anyone else but myself. I started drinking in my teens, going to parties and then into the clubbing scene, but most of my drinking towards the end had been in the confines of my own home, unable to predict my behaviour after a few drinks and often in blackout it was safe to drink at home, alone. So I justified to myself that I wasn’t hurting anyone but myself.

I remember waking up in hospital after being on a binge for several days with my dad sitting beside me.

It had been a horrendous year. I had been abusing cannabis, amphetamines, heroin, cocaine ice, GHB, prescription medications and alcohol. My dad was worries sick. He had flown in from interstate after my flatmate had called him. I was heavily medicated on valium but I still clearly realised that this was serious. Over the next week I left hospital and moved back into my childhood home as it wasn’t safe for me to return to my flat. My parents spoke to me about seeking professional help and we made the decision, somewhat reluctantly on my behalf to access professional support and the services I needed. I didn’t really want to stop drinking, I just wanted the consequences of my drinking to stop.

I was so angry, confused and bewildered at how I had managed to stuff my life up so badly, I felt like a complete failure, without hope. I had always carried so much shame and guilt about my addictions that I had lied and pretended as best as I could that I had it all together. I didn’t know how to ask for help but having finally been desperate enough to enter treatmentI realised that I couldn’t do it alone. I learnt that it was okay to be an alcoholic and met other people who were just like me.

I started family counselling with my parents and brother. At first it was very confronting as I came to the realisation that my drinking had actually affected them deeply. It was the most profound experience for us all. If it wasn’t for my family picking me up and pointing me in the right direction when I was broken I don’t know where I would be today.

Including my family in my addiction treatmentnot only meant that I had their support and they understood better about the nature of my addiction and so were better equipped to go through the journey of recovery with me, but also meant that they too had the opportunity to heal as well. Over the years they had faced heartache, worry and a sense of powerlessness faced with the baffling and often incomprehensible nature of my behaviour in the throes of active alcohol and drug addiction.

Together we healed, we learnt that we could change our thinking and our attitudes toward one another, that we were not suck in the same toxic behaviours and we learnt to speak to each other with respect and love. My family was given the help and resources they needed to change and recover and the therapeutic process has allowed us all to be free from the evil and corrosive effects of addiction.

Call ASV for a free phone consultation03 8374 7648

or for more information email

1227-1229 Malvern Road

Malvern, VIC 3144 – by appointment only.

What are Triggers which lead to Relapse?

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What are Triggers?

A trigger is any form of stimuli that initiates the desire to engage in addictive behaviour.

At ASV, many of our clients state that stopping drinking or using is one thing and staying stopped, another.

Effective, evidenced based addiction treatment provides the individual the opportunity, within a safe, supportable and substance free environment, to begin to identify the underlying psychological and emotional issues fuelling the addictive behaviours. The purpose of an effective treatment process is to motivate internal change, providing the individual a realistic and sustainable opportunity at recovery. 

Triggers are associated with a behaviour, memory or situation that relates in some way to prior substance abuse behaviours. As someone struggles with addiction, the people they interact with, the places they spend their time and in some situations, the things they do become strongly associated with their addictive behaviour.

Moving into treatment and recovery, it helps to reduce exposure to these triggers as much as possible. This may require changing relationships, moving to a different side of town or making a career change.

Triggers prompt cravings, which are strong desires for a certain substance and can lead to relapse.

Learning how to identify triggers and developing strategies to manage cravings is a vital part of recovery from addiction.

Common triggers in addiction include:

  • Stress
  • Financial Insecurity
  • Locations associated with using / drinking
  • People associated with using / drinking
  • Romances
  • Resentments.

Call ASV for a free phone consultation03 8374 7648

or for more information email

1227-1229 Malvern Road

Malvern, VIC 3144 – by appointment only.

How to beat Addiction?

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From the Jungle to Reality, my Triumph over a 22 year Drug Habit.

First, I got clean, then I got sober. I stopped using and detoxed in an addiction treatment centre. I learned that continuing to drink and drug despite negative, harmful, ongoing consequences was an indicator of addiction. They also pointed out that the drugs and alcohol weren’t the real problem in my life, they were a symptom. The purpose of effective evidenced based addiction treatment is to motivate internal psychological and emotional change. As the fog lifted, I began to realise the reality of my situation. The penny dropped. The real problem in my life was me. My thinking, how I felt about things and how I saw the world. I had been doing the same things over and over while expecting different results. A quote from Albert Einstein tells me this is a definition of insanity. I knew I was a slow learner, always had been. It now appeared I was an even faster forgetter. The treatment service knew their stuff, I was provided a solution and a commitment. If I was to put into sustainable action the plan of recovery we developed together, I could find relief. I was desperate, so I decided to commit to the process. Then I was introduced to a new way of life, let’s call it recovery.

After treatment I started getting to know some active recovery focused people in a recovery community. They reached out to me, showed me the ropes, helped me find myself, get to know who I was, what was important, what wasn’t. Slowly I learned how to talk to people, act more respectfully, I learned to smile, laugh, love and live.


I was a good kid who came from a good home. Working class parents provided my sister and I all we needed. I never got everything I wanted but always had a warm bed, clean clothes, I went to decent schools and had good opportunities. Despite all this, growing up I always felt uncomfortable in my skin. Even in my family unit, who loved me to death, I felt like a square peg in a round hole. Somehow, I didn’t fit in and I struggled for connection. The first time I used this sense evaporated. I felt invigorated, like I had arrived, woke up, I hit the ground running and couldn’t wait to do it again. I felt like I had been shot out of a gun and was 10 foot-tall and bullet proof. No wonder I couldn’t wait to do it again. What came next was a disaster.

Active Addiction

Over 22 years of active addiction, I used every day. There were also many times I swore off with a genuine commitment. I ran around town like a lunatic, stepping on the toes of anyone who crossed my path, causing massive amounts of harm and worst of all, hurting the ones I loved the most. Very quickly I betrayed my values, morals and principles. I did all the things I thought that I would never do. At times I stopped but I couldn’t stay stopped. My behaviours in active addiction were dishonest, selfish, foolish and inconsiderate. The impact on my life was a whole lot of guilt, shame, anger, fear and resentment. My self-esteem was non-existent and I also experienced anxiety, depression and PTSD. My addiction  was about taking the edge of my internal conflict and discomfort. I self-medicated my pain. I used both chemicals and behaviours to do this. Both were extremely debilitating to my life, and the lives of the people I cared most about.

It was critical to me to realise with my own eyes that recovery from addiction was possible. Sadly, my mind was so closed to reality.

Early Recovery

The first 90 days of my recovery journey was a roller coaster ride. In many ways, the easy bit was stopping using. The much harder part was staying stopped. Someone told me the best thing about recovery is that you get your feelings back. The worst thing about it was I got my feelings back. See I had been trying to avoid my feelings for about 20 odd years. Turns out stopping using, sitting still and looking at my stuff allowed me to grow some overall awareness. I remember the day my feelings blipped into life, I was about 90 days clean and sober. I felt like a jack in the box, my feelings just popped out and freaked me out. It was overwhelming and terrifying. If I wasn’t surrounded by a group of peers who had experienced similar distress, I would have buckled. They supported me, held my hand, told me it would pass, encouraged me to hang in there, empowered me to sit with it. Slowly things evened out. By 100 days clean and sober I couldn’t remember when I had last thought about using. I was amazed. And excited. I dared to hope that maybe, just maybe, if I continued to repeat my daily routine somewhat repetitively, that I might make it, that I might find a way to live, that I could recover my life.

Self Care

Slowly I started looking after myself better. First, I removed the obvious unhelpful things. This was much easier than introducing healthy and helpful things into my life. I realised that despite my best intentions, I was undisciplined, wilful and somehow hard wired to bring myself undone. A daily routine worked wonders. I made plans and lots of lists. Then I focused on completing every single item in a timely manner. I needed to keep my daily routine simple as I had a tendency to over complicate everything.

Breakfast, exercise, recovery, lunch, coffee with friends, recovery.

I was fortunate enough that I could devote 100% of my time to this pursuit. Early recovery to me was like a full-time job. Chop wood carry water. Rinse and repeat, it was super repetitive. I felt like I was being brain washed, which was exactly what my brain needed, a very good wash.


I’ve been in recovery for over 15 years. Recovery communities and the approach behind them literally saved my life. More than that, I have learned how to participate in my life as an active participant, allowing me to achieve many of my dreams and empowering me to live a hope filled and rich life, one day at a time!



Call ASV for a free phone consultation03 8374 7648

Compiled by Jason Bowman – ASV Inc. – 29.12.19

or for more information email

1227-1229 Malvern Road

Malvern, VIC 3144

I was stressed about going to rehab during COVID-19.

An option where I could stay at home and participate in a rehab at home program was a perfect fit. I could stay safe from Corona, address my drug and alcohol challenges and treat my addiction at the same time. 

The ASV program changed me and changed my life. It didn’t happen by magic. It took heaps of hard work and commitment. I was told from day one that if I put the recovery plan into action that things would turn around quickly. It proved to be the case. I had to look at me and begin to build a more positive relationship with the woman in the mirror. It was daunting. I found it difficult. It was worth it and it was liberating.

After completing the 12 week extended program, I have continued to practice the things that I learnt during the program. I am building a better me and a better life. To say I am grateful does not cut it. I have me back. I am free. Based on what I now know, I can do this one day at a time.

Thank you ASV.


I started smoking cannabis (dope) when I was in my early teens. I had an older brother who gave it to me.

I knew full well the dangers of addiction. Sadly, my older brother died of a heroin overdose last year. It broke mine and my families heart. I miss him every day. His passing was the start of a process for me which led to total abstinence from all substances, including alcohol.

The ASV Rehab at Home program was the circuit breaker I needed. I was introduced to concept of substance use and dependence being a medical issue. After doing much research trying to find contrary evidence, I am pleased to report that when I started treating my addiction as an illness, I began to recover.

I am now happy, joyous and free to achieve my dreams and become the best me, I also am now looking forward to my life, thanks so much ASV, my brother would be proud!