SUPPORT REHAB CENTRES
I WRITE on behalf of the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association to highlight to readers that it is critical more funds are released to help Australia’s rehabilitation centres which are dealing with the considerable issues surrounding the use of ice and other drugs, including alcohol.
Significant quantities of the drug ice are coming into Australian communities. Without doubt, ice is readily available in most parts of Australia, and particularly in rural regions. It is a major issue.
We support the government’s clear focus on ice. We also want to highlight that it is critical more resources for residential rehabilitation services are released so that rehabs can get on and do what they do best – treat people.
We are highlighting that rehabilitation centres have sadly never been under more pressure. They are desperately under-resourced. We urgently need to see more beds.
Of course, one of the great complexities is that some people have the view that a person’s dependence on ice can be handled through counselling sessions alone. This certainly has not been our experience. The simple reality is that people with severe dependence and highly complex needs are best served in residential rehabilitation.
I urge readers to ask their MP what are they doing to help increase the number of beds for rehabilitation centres — and increase funds to assist these centres.
Dr LYNNE MAGOR-BLATCH, executive officer, ATCA.
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