Good Hope Story

Good Hope Story

This is very likely one of the hardest stories I have ever given. I will take you back to the age of thirteen. This is where my addiction started even though it More »

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

I was born in Gladstone Qld on the 23/10/1979.  My mother and father separated when I was one year of age. Mum found a new boyfriend who was her partner til I More »

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

My life before I got to New Beginnings was very depressing. I was out of control in so many ways. I had recently moved back from Mt Isa and was in a More »

WHOS MTAR Client Story

WHOS MTAR Client Story

Prior to coming to WHOS MTAR my life was unmanageable to the extent where even going to the chemist to pick up my methadone was a struggle. I was stuck in a More »

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

I was surrounded by drugs from an early age. My father was addicted to drugs and there wasn’t many times I did not see him with a beer in hand or some More »

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

Before I thought about coming to WHOS RTOD I had done about 12 detox programs and thought every time I could stay clean myself. It took a long time to realize this More »

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

Life before WHOS RTOD was absolute hell for me. I have one sister who is alive and 2 brothers deceased. My father passed away last year and my mum is dying from More »

Hunter resident reflections

Hunter resident reflections

What it was like. At the age of 11 it was just natural to me that everyone used drugs, I thought nothing of it. I listened to everyone glorifying it so I More »

Sophie

Sophie

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am an alcoholic. I will be eternally grateful to the Therapeutic Community at Cyrenian House, my counsellor, my very wise sponsor,  my Higher Power, my More »

 

Garth Popple, Chair

Garth Popple is Executive Director, WHOS (We Help Ourselves) and currently holds the following honorary positions:

  • Chair and Director of the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA);
  • Treasurer, Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NSW (NADA) ;
  • Garth has been working in A&OD management roles since 1986 and in honorary committee and board positions since 1981 for the non-profit sector. He has been primarily focused on the Therapeutic Community movement for most of his career to date, and in 1991 became involved in harm minimisation initiatives. He attempts to stay in touch with the needs and feedback from users past and present.

WHOS operates five Therapeutic Communities within NSW and Qld: WHOS Metro for men, WHOS New Beginnings for women, WHOS MTAR (Methadone To Abstinence Residential), WHOS Hunter Valley and WHOS Sunshine CoastWHOS also provides other services, such as Day Programs, Aftercare and HIV/Infectious Disease Education Services.

Garth recently concluded 13 years of service as an Executive Member of the Australian National Council on Drugs and also on its subcommittee Asia Pacific Drugs and Development Issues Committee (APDDIC) and also through his position at WHOS has been involved with ATCA since 1986 (inauguration). He is a past ATCA President 1993-1997 and 2004-2005, Past President for the International Federation of NGOs 2011-2013 and a past President of Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NSW (NADA).

 Garth is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Western Sydney.