$800,000 for drug and alcohol help across Gippsland

Young people suffering from substance misuse and their loved ones will be the focus of two new support programs beginning in Gippsland this month.
Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester welcomed news Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) had received $800,000 from the Federal Government to help people struggling with addiction to alcohol, ice and other drugs, and their families and carers.
“Alcohol abuse remains a leading factor in health and violence problems in Gippsland, but the increased prevalence of ice is extremely alarming and its affects are being felt across our region,” Mr Chester said.
“The Federal Government is funding the Gippsland PHN to provide solutions best suited to our local area.”
The two programs have been created with input from the community, consumers, carers, existing service providers and research partners.
‘You’re Not Alone’, delivered by the Australian Community Support Organisation, is designed for families, friends and carers of people misusing substances. It is a substance abuse support service and provides brief, early intervention by offering information and guidance, advocacy and referrals.
The Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Outreach Service will provide alcohol and drug treatment services to vulnerable young people aged from 12 to 25. It will be available through the Youth Support and Advocacy Service.