The Australia and New Zealand Addiction Conference looks forward to welcoming Mental Health Carers ARAFMI NSW Policy Officer, David Peters 20-22 May on the Gold Coast as he presents his paper titled: Social Exclusion and Addiction: “Creating a Sense of Belonging”.
Overview: The negative effects of social exclusion and isolation caused by substance addiction and methods of combating these effects by developing hope and a new sense of purpose.
ABSTRACT: This paper aims to outline the link between addiction and social exclusion and discuss the negative effects of social exclusion caused by addiction. The paper also contains evidence-based observations that were recorded from a semi-structured group of people at risk of homelessness, in which alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and mental health issues are prevalent. The aim of this group was to inspire a sense of belonging into a community, hence attempting to create a new sense of purpose in each participant’s life. Using specific elements from various principles of recovery, the purpose of the group is to encourage participation, inclusion and lessen the effects of isolation. The objective of the research undertaken was to ascertain whether providing inclusiveness and a sense of belonging within a community could decrease the rate of intoxication and subsequent behaviours.
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