Alcohol, drug rehab service to open in Murray Bridge

An Aboriginal alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment service is to open in Murray Bridge in the coming months.
An Aboriginal alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment service is to open in Murray Bridge in the coming months.

An Aboriginal alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment service is to open in Murray Bridge in the coming months.

The program will include a support service centre on Third Street and drug and alcohol-free residential accommodation facilities.

Uniting Communities, a not-for-profit organisation which provides alcohol and other drug (AOD) services and programs around the State, announced the opening of the new service last week.

Uniting Communities intensive support services group manager Daniel Moss said clients accessing the rehabilitation treatment service would be supported in all aspects of their lives.

"We're looking for suitable accommodation at the moment and undergoing community consultation," he said.

Three residential rehabilitation houses will be established, one each for men, women and families.

"When they're in the houses, they have really intensive support and someone comes and works with them," Mr Moss said.

"Often people on alcohol or drugs are socially isolated, most of their friends are often people they see around alcohol and drugs."

The rehabilitation treatment service will work on a community connection model; Uniting Communities will work closely with local indigenous communities to ensure people remain connected to family and the community, while helping clients overcome dependence on alcohol and other drugs.

Funded by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Murray Bridge service will also connect people with community resources to meet their health, education, employment and social needs.

Mr Moss said the system had worked well in other AOD facilities in Adelaide to support patients living cohesively in their communities.

Uniting Communities will also create employment opportunities for AOD workers within the region.

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