When Tony and Nada Smark established their family foundation, The Angel Fund, they wanted to help organisations that empower and give people the opportunity to turn their lives around.

“We are selective in what we support. We wanted to use the Fund for organisations and activities that reflect our values and what we are on about,” said Nada.

According to Tony, The Buttery is such an organisation.

“We know that the money we give The Buttery is well spent as it is invested in empowering people to work towards their own healing. The other thing that is so appealing is the success of its programs. Over many years the low relapse rates show the program to be significantly more effective than others,” Tony said.

Nada recognises that addiction can mask symptoms of mental illness and that dual diagnosis of drug and or alcohol addiction with mental illness is under recognised or ignored by the medical profession and society.

“The self-destructiveness of addiction is so often a signal that someone is struggling to deal with intense personal pain.”

The Smarks know first hand of the effectiveness of The Buttery’s programs. Their son completed the Buttery’s residential program in 2005.

“For a family having an addicted child is the most horrendous thing that can happen to your children. At the same time, to have the level of healing that has taken place in him makes us so grateful. He did the work, but the Buttery helped him.”

“Since doing the program he is doing very well. He’s strong, fit, working to get qualifications, in a relationship and a delight to be with. Without The Buttery he might not be alive,” said Tony.

Recognising the importance of the family in helping recovery and knowing the pain families of addicted people experience, the Smarks have made a very generous donation to support the cost of a qualified counsellor for Buttery’s Family Inclusivity counselling program.

The Buttery relies on the support of the community to maintain its free Family Counselling Service. Please consider supporting the Service as a regular monthly supporter

To donate: https://www.buttery.org.au/make-a-donation/