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In and out of juvenile detention as a youth, Leonard Ottone graduated to prison as a young man and eventually ended up in Pentridge where he continued to access drugs and maintain his habit. With the help of the other prisoners, Leonard finally learned to read and write as he struggled to write letters home to his family.

After many failed attempts, Leonard eventually recovered from his addiction and has established himself as an outreach professional, supporting others who struggle with addiction and successfully helping them to transform their lives.

He is the founder and CEO of Vicdor Living Centre, a not-for-profit organisation that provides support and service to people struggling to overcome substance abuse




Hi Leonard. Had the privilege of reading your book “Coming Clean” over the weekend. In fact, picked it up Friday lunch time and read it in one session Friday night (Saturday morning!). Spectacular read. Inspirational because the end of the story is redemption of one man from the depths of crime, addiction and a trail of shattered relationships. Crime and addiction have given way to redemption and helping others. Who better to help addicts and criminals than one who has been there, done that and seen the light. At times a harrowing read. I winced at some of the raw descriptions. I also couldn’t help wondering how much more there was to the story of Leonard Ottone’s Journey that for personal or legal reasons remains untold. Should we watch out for Vol. II?

Congratulations on a number of levels. Firstly on your journey with its so far successful ending, secondly on having the courage to expose to public scrutiny what is a sometimes horrifying journey, thirdly for the inspiration you provide in the person you are and the telling of that journey - the real message is that no one, but no one is beyond salvation and redemption, and finally that your desire to help others extends even to the telling of this story and devoting the proceeds to a charity that is established to help those who may find themselves in the grip of the dug’s and addiction that once ruled your life. You’re special man!
— Jack Tolj
Honestly mate after reading this book I’ve never been prouder of anyone in my life.I often take for granted what a good and easy childhood I’ve had, compared to people like you. To raise 6 kids and become the man you are today is such an achievement in itself, it makes me so happy. Appreciate everything you do for me, I love you so much daddio
— Dean Mcdonald Ottone
I spent the weekend reading your story. It was raw and confronting, but such a touching and amazing story. As young as I am, I know there’s people in the world that have never been strong enough to stick and progress with positive change like you have. I admire the strength and courage you have demonstrated in order to turn your life around for good. Ill never forget when Dean finished your book, the tears that rolled down his face. Tears of happiness and relief of your achievements. I couldn’t wait to read to see why he was feeling like that... Now I’ve finally read it and want to congratulate you. Im so glad Dean has you, and glad that you are in my life as well! You should be so proud of who you are today.. Xx
— Ella Callaway

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Vicdor Living Centre

Vicdor living centre aims to provide intensive support to those seeking to minimise the harm they are facing as a result of addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Leonard ottone is the founder and Ceo of vicdor living centre


Vicdor living centre is a not for profit organisation, providing intensive support to those seeking recovery. Preliminary contact is made through referrals, word of mouth and other means. At the initial consultation information is gathered and a treatment plan is formulated.

Treatment plans vary depending on the individuals needs, from counselling, referral to detox and rehabilitation services and introduction to self help groups.

Vicdor is run by volunteers, many who have overcome their own struggle with substance abuse.

Our philosophy is that those who are recovering from addiction are well qualified to support others facing similar challenges.

Vicdor is one of many organisations that provides support and service to people who are struggling to minimise the harm associated with substance abuse.

It takes a whole community to raise and support a person from the hell that is addiction.

Vicdor receives no funding from state or federal government,

so we rely on the generosity of people like you to keep doing what we do.

Remember all donations are tax deductible.