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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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is considerable duplication of services. 2. Sobering up Shelter (see PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, p. 24) 3. Rehabilitation Program in Darwin gaol (see DRINK DRIVING, p.27) 4. Program for young people dependent on alcohol. Many juvenile offenders have alcohol dependency problems (Correctional Services). There is no specialist assessment, counselling and/or treatment agency to which these individuals can be referred. 5. Program for female alcohol dependents (the Salvation Army are planning to provide this soon). 6 . Family treatment program available to non-Aborigina1 spouses, partners, and children of alcohol dependents. Family programs have demonstrated effectiveness as: a) an early intervention tool; b) to improve the mental/emotional health and coping strategies of the family; and c) as a preventive strategy for the children of alcoholics, who are at high risk of alcohol dependence (Australian Institute of Alcohol & Addictions, Perth W.A.; Lindquist, 1986). 7. After care program There is no structured after care program for "graduates" of the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at Royal Darwin Hospital and/or other residential treatment facilities. It takes about 2 years to consolidate gains made as a result of participation in an alcohol dependence programs (Dr. Liz Chalmers, Early Intervention Unit, R.D.H). 47

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