Like many of you, I became exasperated with the most recent lockdown – surprisingly so! I thought another lockdown would be “Ho, hum ... familiar” and I was confused that I felt otherwise. I felt flat and cranky (like 3-year-old “out of sorts”). The media was reporting on “Covid fatigue”. This seemed a reasonable explanation. So, I had grown-up words for “flat and cranky”, and then the region re-opened. I feel energised again with a more understanding of reactions to this Covid era.
Hope you have increased energy in this most beautiful Northeast spring.
In August and September our group looked at a “Day in the Life of Residential AoD Rehabilitation”. (“AoD” is short for “Alcohol and Other Drugs”, and “Residential Rehabilitation” tends to be shortened to “Resi Rehab”.) Benalla Rural City hosts a Resi Rehab located at Molyullah, so the group had many interesting questions to ask and comments to make. These questions and comments guided our group discussions and, along with the PowerPoint “U3A – A Day in the Life of a Resi Rehab” made up the content of 2 sessions.
Here are some insightful recollections/portrayals of the ordinariness of addiction and a sample of life in Resi Rehab.
- Luke Williams, a Melbourne-based journalist Resi Rehab diary. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/feature/rehab-diaries
- SBS Addicted Australia: Episode 1 https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1812256323517/addicted-australia-s1-ep1
- Movie “28 Days”, Staring Sandra Bullock
See the course content in the Powerpoint “U3A – A Day in the Life of a Resi Rehab”:
- Friday 17 September 2021 face-to-face @ Seniors Centre U3A Room 1-3pm
- Tuesday 5 October 2021 Zoom 10-12 using the link:
Meeting ID: 786 6566 6828, Passcode: 43VUdg
REMINDER: Call out if you want to learn how to meet on-line using “Zoom”. We’d love to have you on board. Zoom (or similar) opens many interesting on-line options, such as family gatherings, morning teas, book discussions, and 5pm evening drinks. For many on-line is not the ideal way to stay connected, but a pretty good option when we can’t cuddle friends and family.