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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

Twenty-Eight

Twenty-Eight

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“18 months ago, I just said, ‘I’m done with the drugs’.

It’s one thing to say it in your head but when you’re actually saying it to someone else out loud that’s when you need to make a change. Like, I’ve had it a couple of times since I said that and I’m like, ‘Nah. I can’t do this.’

The ice life - I was done. Like, no more. Because I was just watching it all go upside-down-pear-shaped. I’m done with the mental health issues and just having that miserable feeling all the time. My serotonin was gone. And I don’t want to end up in a psych ward, or in jail, because of the stupid people I’m hanging out with.

So, I’ve just gone cold turkey. And I don’t associate with those people anymore. I had to get out of that circle. And you don’t realise how much you see things differently until you step back.

I’ve completed some study. 12 months ago, I couldn’t have done that. I was an addict. I’m still a recovering addict. But my job network are like, ‘We’re going to aim that way for you. Up. Up. Up.’ And that’s a little bit different to staying up for three days in the middle of winter with a singlet on going through someone’s bin.

And for anyone else who’s trying to find their own way out: you’ve just got to be strong. And know there’s always help.

You need support before you can do anything. And whether you see it or not, there’s always help there.”

Twenty-Nine

Twenty-Nine

Twenty-Seven

Twenty-Seven