ReGen highlights need for early intervention to reduce methamphetamines harm (03/09/14)

Melbourne, VIC, 3rd September 2014 – Following today’s release of the findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the supply and use of methamphetamines, particularly ice, in Victoria, UnitingCare ReGen, the lead alcohol and other drug treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania, reminds affected families that there are a range of treatment and support services available.

ReGen Acting CEO/ Clinical Services Director, Donna Ribton-Turner said:

We know that harms to individuals, families and Victorian communities associated with the use of methamphetamines is a growing concern. We also know that this use occurs across a spectrum, from occasional or recreational use to full dependence.

While it is important to recognise that alcohol remains, by far, the drug responsible for the greatest harms within our communities, we have seen demand for methamphetamine treatment more than double in the past few years and have undertaken a number of changes to our treatment services in response to the particular needs of people who are dependent on methamphetamines.

We know that there is a genuine concern within our communities about the impacts of methamphetamine use on families.  We would like to remind those affected that there are effective, evidence-based and free services available for those in need of support.

What we know about the speed with which people can become dependent on methamphetamines highlights the importance of seeking help early if someone you love is beginning to experience related harms.

ReGen offers a range of targetted services including:

For more information about these and other ReGen services, please see our website or call our Intake team on 1800 700 514. 

People can also get information about services in their area from DirectLine (1800 888 236) or speak anonymously with a counsellor at Counselling Online.  More information about treatment services across Victoria is available from the Department of Health.