First-of-its-kind rehab program trialled in regions

AN INNOVATIVE, first-of-its-kind community-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is being trialled in Kingaroy and Lowood.

After serious deficiencies in drug and alcohol services were identified in regional towns as part of Federal Maranoa MP David Littleproud's ice forums earlier this year, Sunrise Way Rehab recognised the need for new models of therapy delivery in our regions and developed the Flourish program.

Funded by the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network through the Australian Government's National Ice Action Strategy, the intensive day therapy program is being trialled in collaboration with service providers Lives Lived Well and EACH.

Drug and alcohol addiction is a growing and "tragic" issue in regional areas, according to DDWMPHN managing director Annette Scott.

She said Flourish was part of a more than half a million dollars investment in the regions, but wouldn't be drawn on how much had been allocated to the trial.

The intensive four-day therapy sessions will take place every six weeks, designed to reduce drug and alcohol use, with the aim of helping people along the road to abstinence.

The trial will end in June 2018.

 

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