Chad

The last time I wrote about Chad it was July when one side of his face had swollen from an infected tooth.  We managed to fit him in between appointments with a dentist the following day but Chad forgot.  The infection must have cleared as he has not complained of pain since although there has been plenty…

On Being Heard

Do you find it difficult to be heard?  I am not a person who enjoys loud noise, parties or loud people, nor for that matter neither am I person who has brilliant ideas at a moment’s notice.  Sometimes I find myself being a little envious of those people who seem to pop with brilliance given a moment’s notice.  It’s not that…

Mind Your Words

Sometimes all the training, learning, and work experience are not enough to disguise the frustration and disgust I feel when another professional uses their position of power to invalidate someone’s best efforts to meet the stringent directives contained in a (child protection) care plan. Sadly the words were delivered over the telephone and the professional…

Chad

Names have been changed. Chad  was referred to our service in January seeking support to reduce cannabis and maintain abstinence from methamphetamine (ice), which he has used for twenty years.  Chad is 42. Chad and Samantha have six children, three each to different partners.Samantha’s girls reside with their natural father and she sees them fortnightly…