Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Drug Use Concerns Prompt New Peer Support Program

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Drug Use Concerns Prompt New Peer Support Program

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Byline: Trinette Stevens trinette.stevens@capnews.com.au

THE Salvation Army is planning to introduce a new peer support program to the Rockhampton region after people in the community raised concerns about their own, or a family member's drug and alcohol abuse.

Capricorn Region Corps Officer Major Colin Maxwell said the support meetings would utilise the 12-step program as members navigated the first step before rehabilitation.

"A large number reported concerns to staff about partners or even themselves," Major Maxwell said.

"Many weren't at a point to make a break with their behaviour, so we thought we would put together a peer support program.

"It is a good opportunity to be honest with what they're doing and work through what their addiction level may be.

"We certainly can offer an empathetic ear and a confidential discussion. We will do everything we can to support people and the families of those who have a drug problem. …

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