New day program to make a change
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.