Families of people affected by the drug ice took part in a specialised education program in Traralgon on Tuesday night.
The travelling workshops are delivered as a partnership between Turning Point, the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre and the Bouverie Centre as part of the State Government’s Ice Action Plan.
“At the moment there’s a gap in terms of how we support family members, to know how to best help somebody and how to navigate the treatment system,” Turning Point director Professor Dan Lubman said.
“Obviously when you’re caring for someone it’s important you get help for yourself.”
Turning Point also runs an ice advice line and Professor Lubman said about 70 per cent of calls to the line were from concerned family members.
He said the workshops focused on understanding the facts around methamphetamine; how families can get their loved ones the help they need and navigate the system; and how to look after themselves and stay resilient.
“What we know is alcohol and drugs are highly stigmatised and because of the stigma there’s a huge delay in people seeking help,” Professor Lubman said.
“This stigma extends to family as well and all those delays create stress at home.”
More workshops across the state will be scheduled for next year and Professor Lubman said they would return to the Gippsland region.
For information on the workshops or to register your interest phone 1800 ICE ADVICE or visit www.turningpoint.org.au/education/breakthrough