Wel­tec grad­u­ates ad­dress drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion

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New Zealand’s need for ad­dic­tions spe­cial­ists is clear. A 2009 study by Al­co­hol Action NZ sug­gests over 1000 ki­wis die each year from al­co­hol re­lated deaths and the Al­co­hol Ad­vi­sory Coun- cil (ALAC) re­ports that ment spe­cial­ists, clinial­co­hol ad­dic­tion alone cians and coun­sel­lors costs the pub­lic health in­creas­ingly per­form sys­tem over $655 mila cru­cial role within lion each year. our health pro­fes­sional A scarcely known prowork­force. fes­sion in years gone by, More op­por­tu­ni­ties al­co­hol and drug treat­now ex­ist for peo­ple want­ing to en­ter this field, in­clud­ing New Zealand’s only Bach­e­lor of Al­co­hol and Drug Stud­ies avail­able at Welling- ton’s Wel­Tec.

A lead­ing provider, Wel­Tec de­liv­ers a range of cer­tifi­cate, diploma and grad­u­ate diploma pro­grammes through­out New Zealand for those looking to en­ter or up­skill in this field.

Wel­Tec stu­dents re­cently high­lighted the ben­e­fit of an in­creas­ing sup­ply of qual­i­fied ad- dic­tions spe­cial­ists at a Wel­Tec Stu­dent Sym­po­sium on Ad­dic­tions.

The sym­po­sium show­cased stu­dent re­search, in­clud­ing in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery, to an au­di­ence of in­dus­try ex­perts, agen­cies and com­mu­nity groups.

David Brown, soon to grad­u­ate with a Bach­e­lor of Al­co­hol and Drug Stud­ies, pre­sented a unique method of ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery at the sym­po­sium. His re­search fo­cuses on creative writ­ing as a tool to help clients gain greater self­aware­ness and to bet­ter un­der­stand the mo­ti­va­tions and trig­gers that lead to re­lapse.

David was also in­vited to present his unique ap­proach at the na­tional ad­dic­tions con­fer­ence, Cut­ting Edge held in Septem­ber.

David speaks pos­i­tively about his train­ing in ad­dic­tions at Wel­Tec.

“This course of study was the best thing I could have done. I have learnt a lot about my- self and my in­ter­ac­tions with oth­ers.”

“It is cru­cial to have a work­force of ded­i­cated and com­mit­ted prac­ti­tion­ers who un­der­stand what they are deal­ing with in the field of ad­dic­tion and who have the knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and re­sources to ben­e­fit their clients.”

Ex­ec­u­tive dean at Wel­Tec, Ju­lia Hen­nessy, agrees that spe­cial­ist train­ing in ad­dic­tions is im­por­tant for all al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als.

• Con­tin­ued P13

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