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Cover image for lecture: My Experience - A Personal Story of Addiction and Recovery

Lecture Overview

Stuart Fenton shares his powerful story of how he became a regular drug user and subsequent methamphetamine addict, and the long journey to abstinence and recovery. With the help and support of a 12 Step abstinence program, Stuart managed to make a full recovery and now counsels other addicts to help them on the same path. This moving presentation is not one to be missed for any health professional.


Portrait of Stuart Fenton
Stuart Fenton

Stuart Fenton is a clinical psychotherapist and counsellor who has over ten years of experience working in the addiction treatment field. Originally, Stu was a high school teacher before entering the addiction/recovery area. Stu completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling, specialising in addiction, self-esteem and group work. He then completed a four-year master's qualification in gestalt therapy and is currently studying to become a certified sex addiction therapist. Stu has worked in a wide range of settings, from residential long-term and short-term rehabilitation, public and private sector rehabilitation, community health centres in both addiction and family violence, outreach and GLBTI services. His varied roles have mostly been in the areas of chemical and process addictions, GLBTI issues, codependence issues, family interventions and sex and love addiction. He’s concurrently built a private psychotherapy practice in both Sydney and Melbourne. He has held positions as a group facilitator, crisis counsellor, and senior recovery therapist at facilitates, including The WHO’s Therapeutic Community for men (Gunyah), South Pacific Private Hospital in Sydney, Malvern Private Hospital in Melbourne, and Riverside Clinic in Kyneton, Victoria. Recently, Stu accepted a position at The Cabin, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.   Acclaimed for being the first psychotherapist in Australia who has rehabilitated from the drug "crystal meth" and gone on to become an accomplished worker and professional in the field, Stu has appeared on several television shows, including documentaries and in numerous newspaper articles.   In 2015, Stu was invited to present at Ausmed Education's inaugural Breaking Point – Ice & Methamphetamine Conference held in Creswick, a regional town in Victoria. His session “From Addiction to a New Life” chronicled his journey from a crystal methamphetamine addict to psychotherapist. The reception to his presentation was so positive that Stu has since been invited to be the keynote speaker at the same conference in many locations around Australia. Having impacted 650+ Australian health professionals to date, Stu has played a key role in promoting recovery, empathetic care, and reducing stigma associated with an ice addition.  See Educator Profile


33 Total Rating(s)
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Breanna Achterbosch
17 Feb 2020

A really honest account of substance use and drug induced psychosis. Highly recommend.

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Jennifer Hudson
15 Nov 2019

This is a brilliant, thought provoking and inspiring lecture.

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Margaret Wayland-Peck
15 Sep 2019

excellent delivery of a personal journey

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Linda Silva Renouf
11 Jun 2019

Excellent story of hope in recovery. Stuart is an awesome orator - loved listening to him. He was engaging, humble, transparent and positive about his addiction journey.

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Alison Vincent
22 May 2019

It was interesting to hear what it was like to be psychotic and addicted to a drug. I look after a lady who has a history of drug abuse and it enlightened me as to how we deal with her day to day dealings

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Suellen Gaynor
20 May 2019


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Tracy Kiddle
20 May 2019

This was so powerful thankyou for sharing your experience.

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Jennifer Johnston
18 May 2019


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Amanda Levick
18 May 2019

Sometimes a lot of our information on addiction comes from text books and specialists. This video is presented by someone who has dealt personally with addiction, and who now works in the field. He describes his journey into drug addiction with honesty and insight.

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Samantha Oxford
29 Apr 2019

It was very informative to hear from someone who has battled and overcome addiction.