My Experience - A Personal Story of Addiction and Recovery

30m of CPD
Stuart Fenton
10 December 2017

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.


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. 


Pam Joy Johnson21 Jun 2018
fantastic true story

Andreas Waltmann12 Apr 2018
It was very informative and the progresion of drug addiction was very clearly presented in the form of a personal experience.

Anna Lau Hwee Tzer11 Apr 2018
Excellent presentation. A big thumbs up for the courage and humbleness in sharing his personal experience in this very sensitive part of his past which I believe is a great source of encouragement for those affected.

Soumyamol Binesh04 Apr 2018

Nicholas Stewart Cleave03 Mar 2018
Eloquent and insightful, first hand experience. Marvellous.

Jeffrey lapera02 Mar 2018
Very informative

Patricia wilson26 Feb 2018
Remarkable story and what a recovery!

Maureen Huggins25 Feb 2018
Interesting to listen to

Christine Knox15 Feb 2018
I would recommend this education to other health professionals. It was a very inspiring story.

Lucy Howard24 Jan 2018
Fantastic speaker who is able to articulate reasons behind why he started to take illicit substances and the support required to cease taking them and make something of his life. Offering first hand experiences always assists with more of an understanding and empathy.

Sue petitt09 Jan 2018
Excellent you listen to him and know there is hope thank you for sharing this takes courage very articulated speaker

Marion Halliday02 Jan 2018
Very useful. I would certainly recommend this resource to other professionals.

Marie-Louise Barling29 Dec 2017
Great resource. Honest and compelling talk.

George Stephen Kernohan29 Dec 2017
This is an excellent demonstration of how recreational drug use can escalate to dependence and addiction based on stress factors and coping mechanisims. Stu has been very open and honest in this lecture and it is a great learning tool for anyone engaged in occasional drug use to think hard about their actions.

Norest Mashonganyika22 Dec 2017
The resource is material is well presented and articulated in a professional manner.

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