‘Drive soba’ big success
This winter marked 10 years and 1000 participants since the Drive Soba Programme began in Northland.
Over ten years, 1000 people have completed the 12-session course, which provides alcohol education, relapse prevention and role playing to develop empathy and problem solving to change people who have been habitually drink driving.
Those undertaking the programme range from 18 to 70 years, are mostly male, and are referred by the justice system, Corrections or self refer under Section 65 of the Land Transport Act.
Psychologist Bronwen Wood developed the programme in 2007 when it was identified that the wait for treatment was too long and there was a need to provide evidenced based intervention to recidivist drink drivers.
The DSP was piloted for two years by the Northland DHB in Whangarei, was found to be effective and was then expanded to the whole of Northland.
Northland DHB continues to fund the programme with the support of Road Safe Northland and Ministry of Health. Bronwen said it sits well under Northland DHB because alcohol is a health issue.
‘‘We use whakawhanaungatanga to make it a safe learning environment, and it is an evidencebased programme that reduces re-offending.’’ Visit healthpoint.co.nz
Drive SOBA facilitators Sarah Jarman, Bronwen Wood and Steve Staunton.