A series of informative meetings to support the region’s family and friends affected by drug and alcohol use will roll out with the first to kick off next Monday, August 14.
The initiative follows a public ice information evening organised by the Southern Barossa Alliance (SBA) and held at Lyndoch’s St Jakobi Lutheran School last month.
As a result, more than 60 people showed their interest into the epidemic.
According to SBA chairman Simon Taylor, the support meetings are non-religious meetings, open to family members, friends, etc of a drug (including alcohol) dependent person and are held in a non-judgemental and safe environment.
“At the support meetings, coping strategies and information are provided to help support families and friends to lessen the impact of drug dependence on others’ lives,” Mr Taylor said.
“The meetings will also give you the opportunity to share your story, if you wish, and as other people share their experiences for you to understand that you are not alone.”
He stressed that most attending would have “travelled the same road” and the meetings were not restricted to those who attended the ice information evening.
However, he said the meetings were not suitable for drug dependent people nor those aged under 18 years.
The meetings will be run by Kath Ashton from Family Drug Support, an outreach service which is supported by Drug and Alcohol Services SA.
Family and Drug Support was formed in 1997 after its founder Tony Trimingham lost his son to a heroin overdoes.
FDS is primarily made up of volunteers who have experience first hand the trauma and chaos of having family members with drug dependency.
They will again be hosted by SBA at the school on Mondays from 6pm to 8pm on August 14, September 11, October 23 and November 20.
For more details, contact Simon Taylor on 0439 509 207, Kath Ashton on 0401 732 129, visit fds.org.au or the FDS 24/7 support line on 1300 368 186.