Last night I was watching Australian ABC's Four Corners program about people with ice (crystal meth) addiction who are desperate to seek help, preferably residential care to give them a change of environment and hopefully change their perspective to achieve a sober life. The report detailed the difficulty getting into rehabilitation with long waiting lists on the public system. Concerns were raised about the expense of private rehabilitation programs which saw people remortgage their houses and access their super early. There were questions as to whether these private programs are worth the money and the suggestion that high pressure sales tactics are used to coerce people to sign up for private rehabilitation programs they could likely do without.
The Four Corners report, Rehab Inc, can be accessed by Australians here (available for free until the 16th of October, 2016):
Given the above report by Four Corners, I was questioning the alternatives that are out there for people who want to change. After a quick look online, some of the resources I found were:
Low cost resources to help you quit meth and other addictive substances:
www.quittingcrystalmeth.com which is a site maintained by recovering addict Joseph Sharp who provides hope and strategies for people to quit crystal meth. While not a medical professional, his strategies do provide hope and sensible steps for people to take including a book which may help those who are fighting addiction.
Among other things, Joseph recommends, finding other ways to spend your time and exercise. A sense of purpose is important for us all. Most importantly he provides hope when the message around drug addiction is so often lacking in hope.
“thousands have done it before you, so you can too” Joseph Sharp
Your local department of health. While I acknowledge that 4-6 weeks must be trying to wait for a residential facility in the public health system, I do think that it's pretty reasonable for public health in general. That being said. the allegation in the report about a man who had ice induced psychosis being ignored by public health rather than sectioned, made me concerned about the response by public health officials and government to help people get their lives back on track. Though I do acknowledge the difficulty in sectioning someone with an addiction that causes psychosis. I also acknowledge that keeping other people in a ward safe would be difficult with a drug affected person on the ward given that physical strength and propensity for violence are often a side effect of the drug.
Tasmanian department of health, alcohol and drug resources:
Crystal Meth Anonymous
www.crystalmeth.org (USA) and www.crystalmeth.org.au (Australia)
Drug Info provides facts and information about drugs and alcohol.
This link provides information and help about ice (crystal meth):
The Drug Info website is a collaborative effort with the Australian Drug Foundation who are receiving support from the Victorian and primarily NSW departments of health.
The Australian Federal Drug Campaign website:
Provides information resources for everyone who is impacted by, or wants to understand, drug addiction. There are links on how to find help and who may be best placed to help you. Useful links from the website-
5a)Help in your state: http://www.drugs.health.gov.au/internet/drugs/publishing.nsf/content/needhelp2
b) Counselling and Support:
c) Services for people who are supporting an addict (family, friends, parents):
6) Book: A Street Cat Named Bob
The book, A Street Cat Named Bob, by James Bowen is an inspiring book about how James overcame addiction by needing to care for Bob the cat and being provided with support to help get him off the streets. A truely beautiful book that will provide hope for those struggling.
7) Book: Awaken The Giant Within by Tony Robbins
While not specifically aimed at people struggling with addiction this book may help you understand the triggers and thoughts that are supporting addiction and other harmful behavior. I think it would prove a useful book for families. Unfortunately, it is likely that many addicts have to hit rock bottom to get help and this book address that.
Disclaimer: this is for general information purposes only. I can not guarantee that these resources will work for you, or your loved ones. For medical services contact the relevant professional for treatment and advice. I am in no way affiliated with the authors of the books recommended above, I hope they can help you in your journey.