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Deadly Runners on navigating relationships in recovery

What to listen for

Deadly Runners founder Georgia Weir first tried running in 2012 to help her cope and manage her battle with mental health and addiction, and it worked. In 2013, she ran the New York marathon after six months of training. This was a life-changing experience for Georgia.

In this episode, we’ll hear from Georgia about her recovery journey, and also from her husband Michael Weir about his experience as her partner through her recovery, as well as more about the Deadly Runners grassroots movement.

You’ll also hear from Dr Chris Davis, Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer at Clean Slate Clinic, for his clinical insights.

Key takeaways

  • The reality of public addiction treatment services: Accessing help for addiction through public services can be challenging due to a flawed system, lack of available services and extensive wait lists. As a result, many individuals seek support through mental health facilities.

  • Addressing the stigma of addiction: As a society, we have a responsibility to address the stigma and dehumanisation surrounding addiction, particularly in First Nations communities where the cycle of generational trauma continues.

  • Planning your recovery: Running can be a powerful tool in recovery, teaching individuals to sit with discomfort and be okay with it, however, recovery from addiction requires more than just replacing unhealthy habits with healthier ones. It is important to broaden one's recovery and do the necessary inner work to address the underlying issues that led to addiction in the first place.

  • Supporting a loved one: Support from loved ones and the community is crucial in the recovery process. Setting boundaries and providing a safe space for open and honest communication can help both the individual in recovery and their loved ones.

  • Finding purpose through community: Giving back to the community and supporting others on their recovery journeys can be an important aspect of one's healing process. It creates a sense of connection and helps build healthier communities.

Learn more

To learn more about the Deadly Runners, head to their ⁠⁠Website⁠⁠ or Instagram⁠⁠.

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A reminder

Clean Slate Clinic is a regulated health service, but the Clean Slate podcast is an educational resource and not a substitute for professional health advice, treatment or assessment. If you are struggling with any of the issues raised in this podcast, please see a healthcare professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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