WRAD offers a number of options designed to reduce the harm of drug use to the user and society.
The following programs are among the core service functions offered by WRAD. They follow WRAD’s core principles of harm minimisation which recognises that people in our society use both licit and illicit drugs, and that drugs can be used in ways that are more or less harmful to individuals, families and society.
Counselling will aim primarily to address the impact substance abuse is having on the client and his or her family’s lives. Services will recognise the client’s skills and deficits in areas such as making resolutions, stress management, and dealing with difficult emotional states such as anger, anxiety and depression.
Care, Recovery and Coordination
Care and recovery coordination will provide integrated treatment and care pathways for the highest need and highest risk clients by coordinating treatment planning and care in accordance with the recovery goals identified by the client and supporting people’s access to other services. It supports meaningful involvement by the person and families in care coordination and goal setting to maximise opportunities for meaningful social and economic participation.
Youth Home-Based Withdrawal
The service targets young people aged between 12 and 21 who are experiencing problematic drug use and wish to address their drug problem outside a hospital setting. This may be the family home or any other stable place of residence. A comprehensive, tailored treatment plan is developed with the young person to assist and encourage him/her to achieve his/her goals.
The Koori diversion worker works with the Portland, Warrnambool and Hamilton Koori Court, liaises with the client and the client’s supervisor/counsellor, and organises for Koori Court clients to attend programs such as AOD counselling and care recovery and coordination.
Youth Supported Accommodation
This service works with youth who have received treatment and require short-term accommodation to support their recovery
A range of medical services provide assessment and consultation, withdrawal management, pharmacotherapy support for opiate dependence, management of drug-related problems
(e.g. Hepatitis C, alcohol-related disease and Hepatitis B).