About Araluen Clarke
As an Addiction Recovery Specialist, my personal experience and professional training enable me to help you & your family recover from dependency.
The Connected Center was established to help those in addiction and their families heal and recover from drug and alcohol dependency. We offer Addiction Counselling services.
My approach as Addiction Recovery Specialist
My approach is simple: loving boundaries, understanding and self-care.
When you truly understand that the addiction isn’t anyone’s fault, that you can’t control it, and that arguments and threats don’t work – that’s when you’ll stop blaming and start healing. Read more about Substance Abuse help and treatment.
I know first hand the damage dependency can do to families. I am an adult child of a dependent drinker. As a child and as an adult I tried with out any success to stop the drinking, I felt angry , frustrated, confused alone and at times hopeless and helpless. Read more about how Substance Abuse Affects Families
This would not be my last relationship with addiction as time went on I witnessed and experienced the devastating effects of addiction on others that I loved dearly and once again struggled with the crushing impact of this disease.
I realised that in my experience I had the opportunity to be with and understand the heartache of addiction. I could help others through this.
Consequently, I went back to study and gained a degree in alcohol and drug counselling. For eight years I worked for the Waitemata District Health Board in Community Alcohol and Drug Services with a strong and passionate focus on working with those affected by their loved ones use. I am an Addiction Recovery Specialist.
Now in the Connected Center, my focus is on using my experience to support families like mine.