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Straight From the Source- APSU Podcast

By Emma Rafferty- APSU

‘Straight from the Source’ looks at a range of different issues relevant to those impacted by drug and alcohol use from varying perspectives and talks real, honest stories, straight from the source. The podcast broadcasts stories which challenge stereotypes around addiction and substance use and opens up conversation around the areas of life where substance use intersects such as mental health, homelessness, family violence, parenting issues and the criminal justice system. Through hearing peoples stories we hope to increase awareness, challenge stigma and open up the space for multiple perspectives around substance use, self-growth and recovery. These stories assist individuals and communities to feel heard and less alone. They also incite discussion around Australian Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) systems and the challenges within them. We will have more guests and more stories coming to you monthly. Straight from The Source is the voice of the Association of Participating Service Users (APSU), a service of the Self-Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC). APSU is a Victorian consumer representative body, which believes that the needs, strengths and expertise of people who use drugs and alcohol should drive the system and their voices should be heard. Podcast episodes and further information on APSU is accessible through APSU web page , , APSU Facebook (apsu online) and all major Podcast apps. Just a reminder that the views expressed by our guests are not necessarily reflective of those of APSU and SHARC. *Warning- The content discusses challenging topics which may be triggering for some individuals. If listening to the podcasts brought up any issues for you and you would like to speak to someone in Australia you can call Directline 24/7 for drug and alcohol help on: 1800 888 236 Podcast Music is from Jimmy Loops and can be found through Facebook at Big Jimmy Loops or YouTube at Mr Jimmy Loops Show editing is by Kelly Whitworth. © 2019 Association of Participating Service Users, a service of Self Help Addiction Resource Centre Inc. (SHARC). All rights reserved. For permission to reproduce or republish this material, please contact APSU at

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