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PhotoVoice
in partnership with

DiversityInCare
Workshops with women
recovering from addiction
Ealing, 201...
Tracey Sumner
My Journey

Tracey Sumner
Change of direction.

Tracey Sumner
Facing my demons

Tracey Sumner
Getting rid of excess baggage

Tracey Sumner
Learning to walk again

Tracey Sumner
My life has been a mess

Tracey Sumner
At times I thought I’d go NUTS

Tracey Sumner
I didn’t tick the right boxes

Tracey Sumner
Lost my sense of own personal affects

Tracey Sumner
Self-medicating led to addictions, but
now I listen to what the doctor says

Tracey Sumner
A baby blanket is all I had left of my
daughters

Tracey Sumner
Their letters kept my heart going

Tracey Sumner
I kept a shrine to get them back

Tracey Sumner
I want to be a real mum

Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Tracey Sumner
Now it’s time to focus

Tracey Sumner
The switch is on
Healthy diet
Right beliefs

Tracey Sumner
Clear nooks and crannies

Tracey Sumner
Fill in all the holes

Tracey Sumner
Wipe the slate clean

Tracey Sumner
Make space

Tracey Sumner
Let go of the past

Tracey Sumner
I am a mom, I have a family.

Tracey Sumner
Sian Angus
Anxiety makes me hide away

Sian Angus
I hide behind my brave face

Sian Angus
Discipline. A routine is important to structure your life. Try to go
to bed at the same time. Get up at the same time.

Si...
Self Acceptance. You may not like your hair but there are many
hats out there. You may not have the money to change the
sh...
Sian Angus
Face your fears. What are you scared of? Why are you scared?
Usually the answers are simple – you have made yourself scare...
Don’t sit in front of the TV all day
drinking tea and smoking fags.

Sian Angus
Her name is Baby, my reason for getting up in the
morning. But I need more fulfilment in my life.

Sian Angus
Getting Out. You live in the capital of England, yet you go no
further than a couple of miles from your home. Get out ther...
Create a safe haven to return to.

Sian Angus
These feet should be out walking.
Finding and touching something real. Overcoming fear.

Sian Angus
Recognise your talents. Get out there. Join groups and clubs. If
you like yourself then other people will like you. No-one...
No excuses now. Get out there and enjoy,
come rain or shine.

Sian Angus
Liza Stephens
I want to have inner peace and tranquillity.
Inner peace means quietness and the absence of
chatter in my head.

Freedom t...
Vulnerable

Liza Stephens
Stuck in the middle.

Liza Stephens
Hiding

Liza Stephens
Anxious and fearful.

Liza Stephens
Taking care of business. The reality of responsibility.

Liza Stephens
A work in progress…

Liza Stephens
This is the start of my recovery / journey.

Liza Stephens
Acceptance of my sensitivity and vulnerability.

Liza Stephens
I need love, affection and comfort.

Liza Stephens
Positive steps in the right direction.

Liza Stephens
Developing a passion, with a razor sharp mind.

Liza Stephens
Letting go of pre-conceived ideas.

Liza Stephens
Steps to seeking fulfilment.

Liza Stephens
Knowing the risks of not remaining abstinent.

Liza Stephens
Knowing the risks of not remaining abstinent.

Liza Stephens
Attaining fulfilment and joy.

Liza Stephens
Attaining fulfilment and joy.

Liza Stephens
Letting go of my old ways.

Liza Stephens
Structure daily routine.

Liza Stephens
Inner peace and serenity.

Liza Stephens
Inner peace and serenity.

Liza Stephens
Sobriety and long lasting friendships.

Liza Stephens
Teri Austin
I’m in prison of my own making.

Teri Austin
I’m lost. Where am I going?

Teri Austin
Which route do I take?

Teri Austin
I need something dependable and resilient.

Teri Austin
Unity, recovery and service.

Teri Austin
Accept my Dis-Ease.

Teri Austin
Confront the wreckage of my past.

Teri Austin
I need a solid structure.

Teri Austin
To cross that bridge to normal living.

Teri Austin
Don’t put anything off till tomorrow.

Teri Austin
This is my way to start each day.

Teri Austin
Ready for a workout.

Teri Austin
Face the fear.

Teri Austin
Don’t panic about little things.

Teri Austin
Take control of your life.

Teri Austin
Acceptance is the key.

Teri Austin
Cut back the thorns to move upwards and onwards.

Teri Austin
Are you ready to de-clutter?

Teri Austin
There is a place for your rubbish outside.

Teri Austin
Let go and trust.

Teri Austin
Don’t let excess baggage weigh you down.

Teri Austin
Now for some nosh.

Teri Austin
Share with love

Teri Austin
Don’t give a damn about judgement.

Teri Austin
Time to give back.

Teri Austin
My past.

Teri Austin
Be present.

Teri Austin
Mary O’Neill
Overwhelmed. Trying to do so many things all at once. Seeking
perfection of myself in every role I play.
Being pulled in e...
Chaos. I was overwhelmed with the loss of my parents, divorce,
debt, struggling to keep strong for my three kids.

Mary O’...
Make or break. Sink or swim. HELP.

Mary O’Neill
Pain of addiction. To think I thought the answer to my problems
was to block pain and emotions in drink .

Mary O’Neill
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...
Cooking and cleaning are menial tasks I have to do,
but loving my children and making them smile makes
everything else wor...
Keep positive. Only actions will make you drink. A thought
might suggest it. Can a thought alone open your hand?
Actions s...
Stop. Never think negative. When you start experiencing
negative thoughts, imagine a red light and put a stop to them.

Ma...
The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger
than the one who never fell.

Mary O’Neill
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 lau...
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...
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another
person or event to control your emotions.

Mary O’Neill
Gratitude. To be content and happy with everything we already
have in life. You can always want more.
Be aware of how luck...
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  1. 1. Shutter Release PhotoVoice in partnership with DiversityInCare Workshops with women recovering from addiction Ealing, 2013
  2. 2. Tracey Sumner
  3. 3. My Journey Tracey Sumner
  4. 4. Change of direction. Tracey Sumner
  5. 5. Facing my demons Tracey Sumner
  6. 6. Getting rid of excess baggage Tracey Sumner
  7. 7. Learning to walk again Tracey Sumner
  8. 8. My life has been a mess Tracey Sumner
  9. 9. At times I thought I’d go NUTS Tracey Sumner
  10. 10. I didn’t tick the right boxes Tracey Sumner
  11. 11. Lost my sense of own personal affects Tracey Sumner
  12. 12. Self-medicating led to addictions, but now I listen to what the doctor says Tracey Sumner
  13. 13. A baby blanket is all I had left of my daughters Tracey Sumner
  14. 14. Their letters kept my heart going Tracey Sumner
  15. 15. I kept a shrine to get them back Tracey Sumner
  16. 16. I want to be a real mum Tracey Sumner
  17. 17. Tracey Sumner
  18. 18. Tracey Sumner
  19. 19. Tracey Sumner
  20. 20. Tracey Sumner
  21. 21. Tracey Sumner
  22. 22. Tracey Sumner
  23. 23. Tracey Sumner
  24. 24. Tracey Sumner
  25. 25. Tracey Sumner
  26. 26. Now it’s time to focus Tracey Sumner
  27. 27. The switch is on
  28. 28. Healthy diet
  29. 29. Right beliefs Tracey Sumner
  30. 30. Clear nooks and crannies Tracey Sumner
  31. 31. Fill in all the holes Tracey Sumner
  32. 32. Wipe the slate clean Tracey Sumner
  33. 33. Make space Tracey Sumner
  34. 34. Let go of the past Tracey Sumner
  35. 35. I am a mom, I have a family. Tracey Sumner
  36. 36. Sian Angus
  37. 37. Anxiety makes me hide away Sian Angus
  38. 38. I hide behind my brave face Sian Angus
  39. 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. 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. 41. Sian Angus
  42. 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. 43. Don’t sit in front of the TV all day drinking tea and smoking fags. Sian Angus
  44. 44. Her name is Baby, my reason for getting up in the morning. But I need more fulfilment in my life. Sian Angus
  45. 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. 46. Create a safe haven to return to. Sian Angus
  47. 47. These feet should be out walking.
  48. 48. Finding and touching something real. Overcoming fear. Sian Angus
  49. 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. 50. No excuses now. Get out there and enjoy, come rain or shine. Sian Angus
  51. 51. Liza Stephens
  52. 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. 53. Vulnerable Liza Stephens
  54. 54. Stuck in the middle. Liza Stephens
  55. 55. Hiding Liza Stephens
  56. 56. Anxious and fearful. Liza Stephens
  57. 57. Taking care of business. The reality of responsibility. Liza Stephens
  58. 58. A work in progress… Liza Stephens
  59. 59. This is the start of my recovery / journey. Liza Stephens
  60. 60. Acceptance of my sensitivity and vulnerability. Liza Stephens
  61. 61. I need love, affection and comfort. Liza Stephens
  62. 62. Positive steps in the right direction. Liza Stephens
  63. 63. Developing a passion, with a razor sharp mind. Liza Stephens
  64. 64. Letting go of pre-conceived ideas. Liza Stephens
  65. 65. Steps to seeking fulfilment. Liza Stephens
  66. 66. Knowing the risks of not remaining abstinent. Liza Stephens
  67. 67. Knowing the risks of not remaining abstinent. Liza Stephens
  68. 68. Attaining fulfilment and joy. Liza Stephens
  69. 69. Attaining fulfilment and joy. Liza Stephens
  70. 70. Letting go of my old ways. Liza Stephens
  71. 71. Structure daily routine. Liza Stephens
  72. 72. Inner peace and serenity. Liza Stephens
  73. 73. Inner peace and serenity. Liza Stephens
  74. 74. Sobriety and long lasting friendships. Liza Stephens
  75. 75. Teri Austin
  76. 76. I’m in prison of my own making. Teri Austin
  77. 77. I’m lost. Where am I going? Teri Austin
  78. 78. Which route do I take? Teri Austin
  79. 79. I need something dependable and resilient. Teri Austin
  80. 80. Unity, recovery and service. Teri Austin
  81. 81. Accept my Dis-Ease. Teri Austin
  82. 82. Confront the wreckage of my past. Teri Austin
  83. 83. I need a solid structure. Teri Austin
  84. 84. To cross that bridge to normal living. Teri Austin
  85. 85. Don’t put anything off till tomorrow. Teri Austin
  86. 86. This is my way to start each day. Teri Austin
  87. 87. Ready for a workout. Teri Austin
  88. 88. Face the fear. Teri Austin
  89. 89. Don’t panic about little things. Teri Austin
  90. 90. Take control of your life. Teri Austin
  91. 91. Acceptance is the key. Teri Austin
  92. 92. Cut back the thorns to move upwards and onwards. Teri Austin
  93. 93. Are you ready to de-clutter? Teri Austin
  94. 94. There is a place for your rubbish outside. Teri Austin
  95. 95. Let go and trust. Teri Austin
  96. 96. Don’t let excess baggage weigh you down. Teri Austin
  97. 97. Now for some nosh. Teri Austin
  98. 98. Share with love Teri Austin
  99. 99. Don’t give a damn about judgement. Teri Austin
  100. 100. Time to give back. Teri Austin
  101. 101. My past. Teri Austin
  102. 102. Be present. Teri Austin
  103. 103. Mary O’Neill
  104. 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. 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. 106. Make or break. Sink or swim. HELP. Mary O’Neill
  107. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 112. The one who falls and gets up is so much stronger than the one who never fell. Mary O’Neill
  113. 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. 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. 115. Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. Mary O’Neill
  116. 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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