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Breakthrough ‘ice’ session

An information session to assist people affected by the drug ice, including families and frontline workers, will be at Horsham Uniting Church Hall next week. 

The event will be hosted by the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre, SHARC, and supported by Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce and regional alcohol and other drug service providers. 

The ‘Breakthrough’ program covers topics which separate fact from fiction about ice, including what it is, why people use it and why it causes problems.

Most importantly, it explains the process by which people decide to seek help for their drug use and how families can support their decisions.

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Breakthrough also examines the relationship between drug use and mental health and provides practical strategies to help family members discuss drug use and keep the lines of communication open.

It will also provide families with the skills and knowledge to navigate the treatment system and obtain the best possible outcomes for their loved ones.

All family members attending the workshop will be given information on where to get help and support and options for ongoing support activities. SHARC representative Glenn Hunter said family members who attended the Breakthrough program said it gave them encouragement.

“It increases their confidence in dealing with difficult family dynamics caused by having an ice user in the family,” he said.

“Health professionals, particularly those from outside of the drug and alcohol sector, find it a valuable opportunity to gain a better understanding of the family perspective.

“For anyone attending, the program creates awareness by providing facts and figures. 

“This information helps to de-sensationalise and reduce fear around ice use, without trivialising the challenges faced by families. 

“Participants in rural areas have suggested that information provided by the program can help to reduce stigma which can lead to better management in the community.”

People can register for the Breakthrough session by visiting website and scrolling down to select the Horsham session, or calling the Family Drug Helpline on 1300 660 068.

The session will be at Horsham Uniting Church Hall from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday next week and is free to attend.

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