BIG DEMAND: Drug and alcohol support workers are calling for more resources to confront the growing ice epidemic.
BIG DEMAND: Drug and alcohol support workers are calling for more resources to confront the growing ice epidemic. Contributed.

New drug service already at capacity

DRUG and alcohol support workers are calling for more resources to confront the growing ice use issue. 

In mid-October, Lives Lived Well extended its youth-focused service to provide a counselling and support program for adults, thanks to funding from the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network.

James Curtain, Lives Lived Well clinical services manager for southwest Queensland, said the new alcohol and drug support program for adults in Kingaroy was already in high demand.

He said most participants cited methamphetamine - or ice - as their primary drug of concern.

While the adult program only opened its doors a month ago, it's already experiencing strong demand, particularly from males aged about 30.

"On top of phone inquiries, we've had quite a few people just turn up to our service, dropping in to seek support," Mr Curtain said.

"While many of our younger clients are primarily seeking help for cannabis, about 70 per cent of the adults are seeking help for ice use, a trend which is in keeping with what is happening across other Lives Lived Well regional services generally."

Mr Curtain said it was good the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network recognised the need for a program helping adults.

The funding has provided for a new counsellor at the Kingaroy service, with social worker Ali Doherty in the new role.

Lives Lived Well is a not-for-profit support organisation that has been steadily growing its reach in the past year.

It now has services in about 30 locations across Queensland and NSW.

The Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN also funded an expanded Lives Lived Well service in Toowoomba and a new Lives Lived Well service in Chinchilla.

"There is a significant need in our communities for these services and we're working hard to make sure that we are available when people need help to change," Mr Curtain said.

If you or someone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol, you can inquire or refer online at http://www.liveslivedwell.org.au/ or phone 1300 727 957.