Country and Outback Health have recently begun delivering their Alcohol and Other Drugs program, My Steps to the Peterborough community.
The program has previously been successfully implemented in Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta and staff hope to see similar outcomes in Peterborough.
The program hopes to see the people of Peterborough comfortable accessing free help for alcohol and other drug use.
Jenny Scarce, a caseworker with the alcohol and other drug team for the My Steps program says they use a variety of methods to help establish a plan and help them to a place that they are comfortable and happy with.
“The My Steps program works on the clients strengths and helps them to identify them. We work with them to reduce their alcohol or other drug use through goal strategies and methods to cope with withdrawal and to manage recovery.”
“We do a series of assessment for alcohol and drug use, how that might be able to be reduced or stopped. We set some goals around that and link in to other services or community connections, social supports or even GPs and we can visit the GP with them as well.”
Country and Outback Health are visiting Peterborough fortnightly and have created a regular, consistent visiting service which means the those living in Peterborough do not have to leave their community to access help.
“In Peterborough we are just wanting to make the community aware that we are offering an outreach visiting service. At the moment it is once a fortnight, we are just trying to get the word out to the community, that they can access the help if they’re having difficulties”, Jenny said.
“We would like to see the Peterborough community comfortable accessing help for alcohol and other drug use within their community. Feeling comfortable to see somebody and making them aware that we are a service that are there to help them. If the need is there, we can increase to a weekly visit to help them.”
“It is really important for people who are experiencing alcohol or other drug issues to get help if they want to. It is really important that they are getting support and education, alongside access to a service to help them reduce or stop their problems.
“If you are interested in getting help for an alcohol or drug problem, you can drop into the Peterborough medical centre on Wednesday February 21 and have a chat.”