ATC - "Just The Facts": How I changed after 37 years of addiction, drama and hopelessness

This is a "Just The Facts" episode. It’s a shortened version of this week’s more detailed full episode, which is also available on our feed. 

Robyn Lewis’s life was, frankly, hectic and destructive for 37 years. Multiple addictions, trauma from a brutal childhood, crime…she was just trying to survive. Robyn had tried and tried to change her life and then something happened. Now she’s sharing her story with her community and now, with us, to show that change is possible.

And a note before listening - Our guests share their experience. Each person has their own way they deal with life.  So if there’s something you hear that prompts questions for you whether it’s about mental health, medication, ways of dealing with certain situations, make sure you speak to someone you trust like your doctor, counsellor, specialist.

More info:

Robyn talks on WIN News about her ice addiction (Video, 31 August 2017)

Robyn addresses Griffith Community Drug Action Team (Video, 8 Novmber 2017)

Robyn Lewis knows a bit about drug addiction in regional NSW (Sydney Morning Herald)

There’s a number of services and programs for addiction. Robyn mentioned SMART Recovery. For more information on other options and services go to Turning Point Australia’s national addiction treatment, training and research centre.

For Support: 

Lifeline  on 13 11 14

13 YARN on 13 92 76 (24/7 crisis support phone line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)

Blue Knot Foundation - National Centre of Excellence for Complex Trauma

Sexual assault and family violence services in your State


Host: Meshel Laurie. You can find her on Instagram 

Co-Host: Emily Webb. You can find her on Instagram here 

Guests:  Robyn Lewis

Executive Producer/Editor: Matthew Tankard

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