BALLARAT families affected by ice will be able to access critical services and information next month.
Breakthrough: ice education for families will cover key issues including how to identify if familymembers are using ice; how to seek treatment and how families can support these decisions.
The joint Turning Point, Self Help Assistant Resource Centre (SHARC) and the Bouverie Centre initiative sees four workshopsrun in Balwyn, Box HIll, Essendon and Ballarat.
Turning Point director Professor Dan Lubman said the program was an excellent opportunity for three major state-wide services to work together to reduce the harms associated with ice use.
“This program aims to provide an insight into what ice is, how it affects people and how to support family members into treatment,” Professor Lubman said.
“We will also provide people with practical approaches in caring for themselves, and other family members.”
Education officer Dean Rogut said family members were sometimes overlooked while their loved ones were receiving support –this workshop aims to ensure they are connected with the support services they need.
“We don’t talk about ice. Often these family members end up feeling totally isolated,” Mr Rogus said.
“As soon as they come to our session they realise they are not the only one impacted.
“We help them so theydon’t blame themselves. It is other people making that decision (to take drugs).”
The workshop, funded through the government’s ice action plan, will be held in as many towns as possible.
The program will be held in Ballarat on May 5 and 12 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at ACSO. To register for the session email turningpoint.org备案老域名/education/breakthrough
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