JOEL SMEATON is a devoted father to seven-year-old Dane, but sometimes he wonders how life got so good. In the grips of alcohol addiction six years ago, Mr Smeaton was in danger of losing Dane, who he now has sole custody of. ”My addiction to alcohol meant I was faced with going to prison at a time when I had a baby at home,” Mr Smeaton said.

Mr Smeaton spent a year in rehab and did everything he could to follow the program. He has not had a drink in nearly six years, completed a diploma of community health at TAFE and is now an Aboriginal support worker.

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Father gave up drinking for his child, but there are millions of others who don’t
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