For many people who have begun to follow Kennedy Street’s journey, you may be someone who’s simply doing your supportive Facebook friend duty by ‘liking’ the page, but without any, or little, idea of what we’re about. For others, you’ll be aware of us and the work we’re doing. I hope our hard work will become clearer as the weeks and months go on, through hilarious, whimsical and thought provoking posts and updates (we’ll do our best).

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The word, “cheers”, the clinking of glasses, the swish of alcohol, the insipid smiles on faces in preparation for celebration is something I cannot connect with or relate to. I see no joy in using alcohol to ‘celebrate’ anything anymore. Far from it. Alcohol is a mind altering substance, why would you actively change that natural high for the false, fake promises that alcohol delivers? It masks and disguises the beautiful, natural, heartfelt feelings we are so blessed to have without having to lift a finger. Living my whole life with addiction, initially through a loved one and then becoming a hopeless addict myself, after reading this, you may see why I have a cold shudder that runs through to my core everytime I hear that word, “cheers”.

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