Drug and alcohol family support meetings

OUTREACH: Meetings are designed to provide help to those who support family and friends with drug and alcohol concerns.
OUTREACH: Meetings are designed to provide help to those who support family and friends with drug and alcohol concerns.

Two drug and alcohol trial meetings have been run in the Barossa as a result of a successful ice information session in Lyndoch in July.

The gatherings have been held in association with Southern Barossa Alliance (a volunteer group in the Barossa's south) and led by Kath Ashton from Family Drug Support.

Following the recent monthly meetings, organisers are now keen to investigate if there are families in adjacent regional areas who would like to attend the remaining meetings for 2017.

Mr Taylor now extends a warm invite, not only to Barossa and Gawler residents, but further afield to other country areas such as Eudunda, Clare, Burra, Jamestown, Balaklava.

Basically country regions where people do not wish to travel to the city.

So far 12 people, affected by family or friends with a drug or alcohol problems, have been supported at the meetings held at St Jakobi Lutheran School, Lyndoch, rather than travelling to gatherings hosted in Leabrook in Adelaide.

According to SBA chairman Simon Taylor, “the state government’s Ice Action Plan identifies that Crystal Methamphetamine is the most potent form of methamphetamine. 

His research reveals, in South Australia, young males aged 20 to 29 have the highest rates of methamphetamine use, - a demographic which typically in rural areas includes young workers in the trades, on farms and other rural enterprises.

“While the overall percentage of regular ice users appears low, the impact on affected families is high, particularly in rural areas where there is limited access to support services,” he said.

The Family Support Meetings are non-religious meetings open to family members, friends, etc of a drug (including alcohol) dependent person and are held in a non-judgmental, safe environment. 

At the support meetings, coping strategies and information are provided to help support families and friends to lessen the impact of drug dependence on their lives.

“Most attending will have traveled the same road,” Mr Taylor said.

The meetings also give people the opportunity to share their story, if they wish, however, meetings are not suitable for the drug dependent person nor people under 18 years of age.

The next meetings fall Mondays, October 23 and November 20 from 6-8pm at St Jakobi Lutheran School, Lyndoch.

For those wanting more details, contact Simon Taylor on 0439 509 207 or Kath Ashton on 0401 732 129