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Photographs by women recovering from addiction, exploring and reflecting on milestones and challenges to a positive future through photography. …

Photographs by women recovering from addiction, exploring and reflecting on milestones and challenges to a positive future through photography.
PhotoVoice in partnership with Diversity in Care
www.photovoice.org | www.diversityincare.org.uk

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  • 1. Shutter Release PhotoVoice in partnership with DiversityInCare Workshops with women recovering from addiction Ealing, 2013
  • 2. Tracey Sumner
  • 3. My Journey Tracey Sumner
  • 4. Change of direction. Tracey Sumner
  • 5. Facing my demons Tracey Sumner
  • 6. Getting rid of excess baggage Tracey Sumner
  • 7. Learning to walk again Tracey Sumner
  • 8. My life has been a mess Tracey Sumner
  • 9. At times I thought I’d go NUTS Tracey Sumner
  • 10. I didn’t tick the right boxes Tracey Sumner
  • 11. Lost my sense of own personal affects Tracey Sumner
  • 12. Self-medicating led to addictions, but now I listen to what the doctor says Tracey Sumner
  • 13. A baby blanket is all I had left of my daughters Tracey Sumner
  • 14. Their letters kept my heart going Tracey Sumner
  • 15. I kept a shrine to get them back Tracey Sumner
  • 16. I want to be a real mum Tracey Sumner
  • 17. Tracey Sumner
  • 18. Tracey Sumner
  • 19. Tracey Sumner
  • 20. Tracey Sumner
  • 21. Tracey Sumner
  • 22. Tracey Sumner
  • 23. Tracey Sumner
  • 24. Tracey Sumner
  • 25. Tracey Sumner
  • 26. Now it’s time to focus Tracey Sumner
  • 27. The switch is on
  • 28. Healthy diet
  • 29. Right beliefs Tracey Sumner
  • 30. Clear nooks and crannies Tracey Sumner
  • 31. Fill in all the holes Tracey Sumner
  • 32. Wipe the slate clean Tracey Sumner
  • 33. Make space Tracey Sumner
  • 34. Let go of the past Tracey Sumner
  • 35. I am a mom, I have a family. Tracey Sumner
  • 36. Sian Angus
  • 37. Anxiety makes me hide away Sian Angus
  • 38. I hide behind my brave face Sian Angus
  • 39. Discipline. A routine is important to structure your life. Try to go to bed at the same time. Get up at the same time. Sian Angus
  • 40. Self Acceptance. You may not like your hair but there are many hats out there. You may not have the money to change the shape your nose, so you have to live with it. There are so many people worse off than you. Sian Angus
  • 41. Sian Angus
  • 42. Face your fears. What are you scared of? Why are you scared? Usually the answers are simple – you have made yourself scared and are just using it as an excuse to isolate yourself. Sian Angus
  • 43. Don’t sit in front of the TV all day drinking tea and smoking fags. Sian Angus
  • 44. Her name is Baby, my reason for getting up in the morning. But I need more fulfilment in my life. Sian Angus
  • 45. Getting Out. You live in the capital of England, yet you go no further than a couple of miles from your home. Get out there even if it’s on your own and explore this amazing city. Sian Angus
  • 46. Create a safe haven to return to. Sian Angus
  • 47. These feet should be out walking.
  • 48. Finding and touching something real. Overcoming fear. Sian Angus
  • 49. Recognise your talents. Get out there. Join groups and clubs. If you like yourself then other people will like you. No-one likes to be around a negative moaning Minnie. Sian Angus
  • 50. No excuses now. Get out there and enjoy, come rain or shine. Sian Angus
  • 51. Liza Stephens
  • 52. I want to have inner peace and tranquillity. Inner peace means quietness and the absence of chatter in my head. Freedom to express the truth about feelings, showing I am happy in my soul and whole being. At one with the world. I hate being naked to the world. I don’t want to be bullied again. I am finding it hard to take life’s knocks and move on. I’m stuck and trapped in this endless life cycle of addiction, co-dependency and self-abuse. I will get there with each step.
  • 53. Vulnerable Liza Stephens
  • 54. Stuck in the middle. Liza Stephens
  • 55. Hiding Liza Stephens
  • 56. Anxious and fearful. Liza Stephens
  • 57. Taking care of business. The reality of responsibility. Liza Stephens
  • 58. A work in progress… Liza Stephens
  • 59. This is the start of my recovery / journey. Liza Stephens
  • 60. Acceptance of my sensitivity and vulnerability. Liza Stephens
  • 61. I need love, affection and comfort. Liza Stephens
  • 62. Positive steps in the right direction. Liza Stephens
  • 63. Developing a passion, with a razor sharp mind. Liza Stephens
  • 64. Letting go of pre-conceived ideas. Liza Stephens
  • 65. Steps to seeking fulfilment. Liza Stephens
  • 66. Knowing the risks of not remaining abstinent. Liza Stephens
  • 67. Knowing the risks of not remaining abstinent. Liza Stephens
  • 68. Attaining fulfilment and joy. Liza Stephens
  • 69. Attaining fulfilment and joy. Liza Stephens
  • 70. Letting go of my old ways. Liza Stephens
  • 71. Structure daily routine. Liza Stephens
  • 72. Inner peace and serenity. Liza Stephens
  • 73. Inner peace and serenity. Liza Stephens
  • 74. Sobriety and long lasting friendships. Liza Stephens
  • 75. Teri Austin
  • 76. I’m in prison of my own making. Teri Austin
  • 77. I’m lost. Where am I going? Teri Austin
  • 78. Which route do I take? Teri Austin
  • 79. I need something dependable and resilient. Teri Austin
  • 80. Unity, recovery and service. Teri Austin
  • 81. Accept my Dis-Ease. Teri Austin
  • 82. Confront the wreckage of my past. Teri Austin
  • 83. I need a solid structure. Teri Austin
  • 84. To cross that bridge to normal living. Teri Austin
  • 85. Don’t put anything off till tomorrow. Teri Austin
  • 86. This is my way to start each day. Teri Austin
  • 87. Ready for a workout. Teri Austin
  • 88. Face the fear. Teri Austin
  • 89. Don’t panic about little things. Teri Austin
  • 90. Take control of your life. Teri Austin
  • 91. Acceptance is the key. Teri Austin
  • 92. Cut back the thorns to move upwards and onwards. Teri Austin
  • 93. Are you ready to de-clutter? Teri Austin
  • 94. There is a place for your rubbish outside. Teri Austin
  • 95. Let go and trust. Teri Austin
  • 96. Don’t let excess baggage weigh you down. Teri Austin
  • 97. Now for some nosh. Teri Austin
  • 98. Share with love Teri Austin
  • 99. Don’t give a damn about judgement. Teri Austin
  • 100. Time to give back. Teri Austin
  • 101. My past. Teri Austin
  • 102. Be present. Teri Austin
  • 103. Mary O’Neill
  • 104. Overwhelmed. Trying to do so many things all at once. Seeking perfection of myself in every role I play. Being pulled in every direction. Mary O’Neill
  • 105. Chaos. I was overwhelmed with the loss of my parents, divorce, debt, struggling to keep strong for my three kids. Mary O’Neill
  • 106. Make or break. Sink or swim. HELP. Mary O’Neill
  • 107. Pain of addiction. To think I thought the answer to my problems was to block pain and emotions in drink . Mary O’Neill
  • 108. It’s the climb. There is always gonna be another mountain. I’m always gonna want to make it move. There is always going to be an upward battle – sometimes I’m gonna have to lose. It ain’t about how fast I get there. It ain’t about what’s written on the other side. It’s the climb.
  • 109. Cooking and cleaning are menial tasks I have to do, but loving my children and making them smile makes everything else worth while. Mary O’Neill
  • 110. Keep positive. Only actions will make you drink. A thought might suggest it. Can a thought alone open your hand? Actions speak louder than words. Mary O’Neill
  • 111. Stop. Never think negative. When you start experiencing negative thoughts, imagine a red light and put a stop to them. Mary O’Neill
  • 112. The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell. Mary O’Neill
  • 113. Life is in a lot of ways just like a party. You invite a lot of people. Some leave early. Some stay up all night. Some laugh at you. Some laugh with you and some show up really late. At the end, once the fun is over, some of them will stay and help you clean up the mess, even though they have never made it. It’s those people that really matter. The ones you can count on. True friends. Mary O’Neill
  • 114. I’ve felt pain. I’ve endured hardship. I’ve suffered loss of loved ones and I’ve memories I want to forget. However, these things have made me stronger and today I face the world with a smile. I know things will always get better. Those who love me will always be there for me. Seeing the light. Mary O’Neill
  • 115. Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. Mary O’Neill
  • 116. Gratitude. To be content and happy with everything we already have in life. You can always want more. Be aware of how lucky we are. Mary O’Neill

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