Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ex Ice User Opens Window into Addiction and Rehab Salvation; New Facility Will Bring Hope for Hundreds in Need of Support to Help Beat Their Attachment to Drugs

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ex Ice User Opens Window into Addiction and Rehab Salvation; New Facility Will Bring Hope for Hundreds in Need of Support to Help Beat Their Attachment to Drugs

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Byline: Meg Bolton Meg.Bolton@capnews.com.au

FORMER ice addict Sarah Smith says she wouldn't be lying in a hospital bed if there'd been a drug rehabilitation centre in Central Queensland 10 years ago.

The mother of two believes the $14.3 million residential rehabilitation centre planned for Rockhampton, which will service Mackay as well, will change hundreds of lives. (Sarah's name has been changed to protect her privacy.)

"When you're an addict it doesn't just affect you, it affects your mum, your brother, and your whole family," Sarah said.

Sarah's voice broke as she thought of the pain she'd put her family through.

Her mother had tried to get her help just a couple years after she started using ice, but with no local services available, drugs became her daily habit for the next two decades.

"She even went to the police station and said, 'What can we do'?" Sarah said.

"But there was nothing available. There was no such thing as rehab programs."

Sarah said the new rehabilitation centre plans brought hope to the drug users of CQ and their families.

"One of my close friends' mum would do anything to see my friend better," she said.

With a catheter delivering an antibiotic into her arm, Sarah described herself as one of the "lucky ones".

"I have got help and I will never go back that way, but there are still so many people that need help," Sarah said.

The 45 year old shook her habit almost two years ago after spending two weeks at the Moonyah Rehabilitation Centre and Sheltered Workshop in Brisbane. She said she could not have stopped using ice any other way.

"Without a rehab centre you cannot get away from it," Sarah said.

"You can take away the drugs but if you can't go back to why you started using it's not going to work."

Being able to stay on site at Moonyah was a tremendous help to Sarah, as she was able to isolate herself from the drug-using community. …

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