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Faye Lawrence on the stigma associated with alcohol and neurodiversity

What to listen for

Faye Lawrence helps busy executives overcome challenges with alcohol, ADHD and stress, and increase their performance and wellbeing through coaching, workshops and resources.

In this episode, Pia sits down with Faye to discuss the unfortunate stigma and shame associated with both alcohol and neurodiversity, and the importance of both comprehensive support and having a sense of levity during recovery.


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

Key takeaways

  • Reflecting on how alcohol is impacting your life: If you're questioning whether you have a dependence issue, it's useful to reflect on how alcohol is impacting the person you want to be - reflect on how you're showing up in all aspects of your life.

  • Maintaining a healthy mindset during recovery: Focusing on what is gained from recovery rather than lost is important, however, it can also be useful to grieve and acknowledge that alcohol may have served a survival purpose for you at some stage.

  • Addressing underlying mental health conditions: Many individuals unknowingly use alcohol to self-medicate without being aware of their underlying mental health conditions. Having comprehensive support during recovery allows individuals to address any co-occurring mental health conditions and understand the root cause of their dependence.

  • The importance of levity and connection: Incorporating fun and lightness into your recovery journey is incredibly important, alongside finding connection through peer-supported groups and like-minded individuals. 

  • Redefining your relationships: It can be useful to set boundaries around socialising and celebrating with loved ones as you establish a new 'normal', rather than pushing them away.

Learn more

Head to Faye's ⁠Website⁠⁠Instagram⁠ or ⁠Linkedin⁠ to connect.

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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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