More rehabilitation centres needed to tackle addictions

February 29, 2016

drug rehab centresWith many different approaches to addiction therapy and a diversity of addictions, when it comes to treatment and rehabilitation one shoe fits all doesn’t apply.

Following detox, a rehabilitation program tailored to an individual, needs to be developed to assist in helping a person to get back on track and minimise the chance of relapse.

But do young people struggling with addictions have enough access to rehabilitation in Australia? It doesn’t seem to be the case.

In an article by the Brisbane Times, Mission Australia calls for more youth rehab centres to tackle drugs with so many young teenagers with addictions.

Research from Mission Australia found there could be as few as five beds available in south east Queensland for under 16-year-olds.

The article features a mother who struggled to get the rehabilitation assistance needed for her sons’ ice addiction.

“There have been many parents who have lost their children, they have literally died waiting to go into rehabilitation. That shouldn’t happen in this country,” she said.

“Unfortunately in Australia there are so few detox and rehabilitation centres to match the severity of addictions we have in this country.”

Mission Australia CEO Catherine Yeoman is calling for more youth focused treatment centres across Queensland to handle the rising issue of ice addiction. To read more click here.

The Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference 2016, themed Alcohol – Other Drugs – Behavioural Addictions, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery will be held on the Gold Coast 19 – 20 May 2016. To register for the conference click here.

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