In a bid to help reduce drug and alcohol addiction, a group of drug and legal rehabilitation advocates has developed a system that allows users to enter rehab, rather than going straight into jail.
Read moreThe new model is the Brain Injury Lawyers for Rehabilitation and Drug Addicts (BIRN) initiative, which was launched by Dr Andrew Dutton, who is also the chair of the ABC’s Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.
The project aims to build a network of local rehabilitation centres across Australia that provide support to users with drug and drink addictions.
It is funded by the Australian Federal Government and administered by the Drug and Drug Dependence Program.
The initiative has been endorsed by the Federal Government, as well as a number of national groups, including the Drug Addiction and Mental Health Alliance.
Dr Dutton said the model had already proved successful in the United States.
“We’ve seen a lot of good things in the US with the Drug Rehabilitation Program, but we’re very aware that it’s still not working here,” he said.
“So we think we can help with this model here in Australia, where we can give the model a try, to see what works, what doesn’t work, and how we can make it work.”
The idea is to give users access to a rehabilitation centre in their own community and help them get to the point where they can take control of their own lives and manage their drug and drug use.
“This model is very similar to what people have been doing in other countries,” Dr Dutton explained.
“For example, in the Netherlands, they have a rehab centre where you can go to, where you have the chance to get involved in the rehabilitation process, where they provide the support.”
Dr Docket said the focus would be on the rehabilitation of those who had taken drugs.
“It’s about the rehabilitation itself and what they’ve done to help themselves,” he explained.
The system is designed to help users who have been prescribed alcohol and have taken drugs, as a result of their use of drugs.
It allows them to get off of the drug and get treatment.
“They can do whatever they need to do to help, and that’s how it works,” Dr Manners said.
Dr Manners, who has worked with alcohol addiction for over 20 years, said it was vital that people who used drugs were given the support they needed.
“When someone is in a drug rehab centre, they need someone who’s trained to deal with people who use drugs and who’s going to be there for them,” she said.
Drug addiction is a very complex and complex problem, and there are many different pathways to recovery, she said, with many different people needing different things.
“If people are going to have to change the way they use drugs, it needs to be done in the context of the support that they’re going to get.”