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Addiction Support

Our Alcohol and Other Drugs program has been introduced to support people in our community with substance abuse and addiction. 

This video produced by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation outlines some of the alarming facts relating to addiction, and in particular opioid addiction. 

Following an extensive consultation process, we have introduced a range of new programs to our region as part of our Department of Health funding (Alcohol and Other Drugs). We are also  coordinating a major consultation project to learn how we can better help GPs and pharmacists with Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) treatment and patient support.

Local Addiction Support services

You can download our summary of local mental health, alcohol and other drug services for each of the four LGAs we represent:

Early Intervention/Prevention

The Young, Strong & Deadly Program

An early intervention for young Aboriginal people at-risk of mental illness and alcohol and other drugs addiction

The Young, Strong & Deadly program focuses on connection to culture to address the rising prevalence of crystalline methamphetamine (ICE) and the increasing risk of suicide and mental illness.

The program consists of two full day events in each local government area on a rotating basis: Connection to Country, followed by a Deadly Thinking suicide prevention workshop. 

Audience: The program is designed for young Aboriginal people (male and female) between 13-28 years of age.

Delivered by: Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture and Resource Centre

More information/referrals: All referrals and inquiries are welcome. An brief assessment is conducted. Events are supported by professional staff at all times. This service is free of charge. Contact 4782 6569.

Targeted early intervention for alcohol and other drug use in young people

With a particular focus on crystalline methamphetamine use, this is a region wide program based at Katoomba and supported at the Ted Noffs Street University Mt Druitt.The service may include family mediation where family issues are present. The service provides assessment and counselling.

Audience:  The program is delivered across Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith region to young people aged 15-24 who are experiencing problems with alcohol and other drugs. 

Delivered by: Ted Noffs Foundation

More information/referrals: Self referrals are welcome as well as referrals from health professionals and others. This service is free of charge. Contact 8886 2800 or 0447 321 181 Monday to Friday during business hours.

Care Coordination

Care coordination service for Aboriginal people with a dual diagnosis of alcohol and other drugs addiction and mental illness. 

The service is based in Penrith and provides outreach to all Nepean Blue Mountains local government areas (Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow).

Audience: This program is designed for Aboriginal people with co-occurring substance use and mental illness.

Delivered by: Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Service

More information/referrals: Self referrals are welcome as well as referrals from health professionals and others. This service is free of charge. Contact Bronwyn on 4706 0280 or 0439 455 139.

Relapse prevention (aftercare)

Alcohol and other drugs aftercare and relapse prevention assessment and one-on-one aftercare for clients recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs addiction.

This aftercare  program is based at Kingswood with outreach to Hawkesbury. SMART recovery groups will be run at the Hawkesbury location in the near future. The service involves intake, assessment, and treatment planning for a program of support over approximately 6 months. The aim of the program is to prevent relapse.Clients should have completed some form of rehabilitation or detoxification treatment prior to entering the program. 

Audience: Ex-prisoners are a group this program is aimed at. It is open to adult men and women.

Delivered by: One80TC

More information/referrals: Self referrals are welcome as well as referrals from health professionals and others. This service is free of charge. www.one80tc.org. Contact One80TC on 1800 679 657 or info@one80tc.org.

Alcohol and other drugs aftercare and relapse prevention 

After release from WHOS, Nepean Detox and residential treatment placements for clients recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs addiction. Delivered by WHOS (we help ourselves). This service is based at WHOSWEST Penrith.

Audience: The service is designed for people that have received rehabilitation treatment with WHOS.

Delivered by: We Help Ourselves (WHOS)

More information/referrals: This service is free of charge. Self referrals are welcome as well as referrals from health professionals and others. www.whos.com.au

The Making Choices Program:

Alcohol and other drugs aftercare and relapse prevention.

Assessment and one-on-one aftercare for clients recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs addiction.

The Making Choices program is based at two locations: Katoomba and Lithgow. The service involves intake, assessment, and treatment planning for a program of support over approximately 6 months. The program is to prevent relapse by strengthening skills to support recovery and will involve group workshops to support clients. Clients should have completed some form of rehabilitation or detoxification treatment prior to entering the program.

Audience: Ex-prisoners are a group this program isaimed at. It is open to adult men and women.

Delivered by: Lives Lived Well

More information/referrals: Self referrals are welcome as well as referrals from health professionals and others. This service is free of charge. Contact 4782 9265.

A women’s drug & alcohol program that support coexisting drug, alcohol and mental health issues, including PTSD and complex trauma.

This program has been active in Katoomba for approximately 5 years and experiences high demand. The program is non-residential and involves assessment, counselling and group workshops. This program is also an outreach service to Lithgow two days per week.  

Audience:  For women at all stages of addressing their substance use.

Delivered by: Dianella Cottage, a program of the Lives Lived Well

More information/referrals: Self referrals are welcome as well as referrals from health professionals and others. This service is free of charge. Contact 4782 9265.

Education/professional development

We have also commissioned professional development for general practice staff regarding alcohol and other drugs.

Delivered by: Lives Lived Well:  www.lyndon.org.au

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