Last month, almost 40 South Australians reached an important milestone on their path to recovery. They have completed the intensive phase of community-based treatment programs to recover from gambling or methamphetamine addiction. With the presence of honourable guests and their families, these patients celebrated their commitment to a life free of addiction and its associated harms.

The MATRIX program is funded by the commonwealth government through Adelaide PHN. Attendance is voluntary for individual and co-joint sessions in addition to 7 group sessions 3 days per week for 16 weeks. It involves groups on early recovery, with education around the neurobiology of methamphetamine dependence, scheduling, and the role of triggers, in addition to relapse prevention, gender, social support and family education groups using principles of motivational interviewing, harm reduction, cognitive behavioural therapy, social life skills training, contingency management and relapse prevention.

The SA Intensive Gambling Help Service (SAIGHS) is a state-wide specialist treatment program funded by the Gamblers Rehabilitation Fund, a joint initiative of the Australian Hotels Association (SA), Clubs SA, Adelaide Casino and the Government of South Australia, administered by the Office for Problem Gambling within the Department of Human Services. It includes a combination of cognitive and behavioural techniques which can help people maintain recovery in the longer term.

 

 SA Minister for Human Services attends graduation ceremony for our addiction-related treatment programs

 

 

With the presence of the Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, the Hon Robert Simms MLC and Professor Sharon Lawn, the graduation ceremony consisted of speeches and the presentation of a certificate of completion and a graduation bear to each client.

“Through my 12 years of addiction, I lost my family, friends, I lost my home, my job, my health. But I learned to believe in hope and the support from others who gave me a second chance” says R., one of the graduates. Common words of gratitude from these patients included how these programs have helped them reduce the burden of addiction-related harms and prevent relapse.

PsychMed’s clinical practitioners deliver a range of community-based and government-funded Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals with concerns surrounding mental health, drug use, gambling, suicide prevention, trauma, body dysmorphia and emotional regulation.

 

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