New day pro­gram to make a change

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera res­i­dents strug­gling with al­co­hol and other drug is­sues can sign up for a ‘Mak­ing a Change’ day pro­gram fol­low­ing a State Gov­ern­ment fund­ing boost.

The fund­ing is through a Vic­to­rian Ice Ac­tion Plan and the pro­gram will start on July 30.

Grampians Com­mu­nity Health will run the MAC re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram for eight weeks in Hor­sham.

Par­tic­i­pants must com­mit to at­tend three days a week on Mon­days, Tues­days and Fri­days, at hours that are com­ple­men­tary to school pick-up times.

Co-or­di­na­tor Kim Brown said be­cause day re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion was a rel­a­tively new con­cept in the re­gion and res­i­den­tial re­hab pro­grams of­ten had lengthy wait­ing lists, the MAC pro­gram might be of ben­e­fit in the in­terim pe­riod for peo­ple keen to be­gin to im­me­di­ately min­imise harm.

“The beauty of this pro­gram is that con­nec­tions with fam­ily, friends, coun­sel­lors and com­mu­nity can be main­tained through­out the pro­gram pe­riod. Par­tic­i­pants can re­turn home at the end of the day,” she said.

The MAC pro­gram is free of charge and pro­vides a safe and confidential en­vi­ron­ment for any­one ready to make pos­i­tive life­style changes.

Fel­low MAC co-or­di­na­tor Sarah Garton said the pro­gram of­fered par­tic­i­pants con­nec­tion through group work as well as per­son­alised sup­port, de­pend­ing on in­di­vid­ual needs and goals.

Grampians Com­mu­nity Health statis­tics in­di­cate the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s gam­bling, al­co­hol and other drugs team had sup­ported more than 4000 in­di­vid­u­als with var­i­ous drug and al­co­hol is­sues dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 24 months.

“We are here to en­cour­age peo­ple to make pos­i­tive changes re­gard­ing their sub­stance use and to strengthen con­nec­tions in their per­sonal lives and com­mu­nity, some­thing that is of­ten lost when in the grips of ad­dic­tion,” Ms Garton said.

Peo­ple can ac­cess the pro­gram by mak­ing a confidential call to Grampians Com­mu­nity Health on 5358 7400.

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