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Cover image for lecture: Addiction and Recovery Q and A

Lecture Overview

Following on from his moving presentation, Moving from Addiction to a New Life, Stuart Fenton answers some questions from the audience on subjects including how to engage people in the withdrawal process, offering the right support to someone who is addicted and his own personal experiences of undertaking a 12 Step abstinence-based program.


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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


5 Total Rating(s)
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matthew cheney
15 May 2019

I believe an addict is always going to respond better and feel more understood by someone who has been there and got themselves through it and can speak from personal experience rather than someone who has just studied the facts and figures.

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Val Menere
12 May 2019

quite interesting to listen to

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Matthew Williamson
11 Dec 2018

NO upload evidence provide but this was carried out through the online Ausmed CPD work- tutorials at the time.

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Keith Wolf
30 Dec 2017

Very interesting and insightful

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kerri Morgan
10 Nov 2017

The educator was authentic and had lived experience to be able to engage his audience, I would have liked to see this man in person and take part in his seminar.