WANNA SLIDE OFF THE ICE?

WANNA SLIDE OFF THE ICE?

Services for stimulant users remain thin on the ground, however since we did the ice edition, there have been some new money for stimulant treatment. However there are still only 3 services that identify as being specific Stimulant Treatment Programs (STP).

There are other services which have been allocated specific funding for stimulant treatment but don’t run as specific STPs. These include in Sydney’s West at Mt Druitt, on the mid-north coast in Tamworth and in Northern NSW. So always ask your local Alcohol and Drug Service: what support can you offer me as an ice user? Let them know if you like the sound of specific services offered - like the health check, or discussion group or and ask them if they would consider offering them.

1. St Vincent’s Hospital (SVH) in Sydney’s inner east offers a stimulant treatment program. It is an innovative and high-quality service offering a range of services. Level 2, O’Brien Centre, on the corner of Victoria and Burton Streets, Darlinghurst. Phone 02 9361 8078 office hours.

Call the 24 hour Stimulant Treatment Line, a NSW wide phone help line that operates out of St Vincent’s Hospital. Call 02 9361 8088 or 1800 101 188 57

Get an “S-Check”, a health and wellbeing check for stimulant users. Call for appointment 02 9361 8079 also available at ACON at Monday arvos, call 02 9206 2000 or go to www. stimcheck.org.au.

Attend “The Link Group”, a strengths-based group discussion meeting based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy held at SVH each Wednesday night 5:00PM to 7:30PM.

Drop in for a free half hour counselling session, no appointment, no ID, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30AM to 12:00PM. After several sessions, you will be appointed a permanent counsellor who can help you with next steps.

This STP offers dexamphetamine, a replacement therapy that works for ice users in a similar way that methadone works for heroin users. However, it’s extremely hard to get onto this treatment.

2. Wesley Newcastle City Mission building, Ground Level, 14 Wood St, Newcastle West.  Phone 02 4923 6776 has a stimulant treatment program that is part of Hunter New England Health.

The Newcastle service is open Mondays to Fridays, 9:00AM to 4:30PM for assessment and counselling. It offers dex to a small group of people and has a special focus on people who have mental health issues and support for parents of people who use stimulants.

3. Burelli Centre, Suite 3, Diamond Plaza, 65-67 Burelli St, Wollongong Call 1300 652 226 office hours.

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Crossroads Youth Health Services, 49 Worrigee St Nowra Call 02 44 231 784 Tuesdays and Thursdays These are newly funded sites in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.

This service is a standalone STP like the SVH model. Counsellors available but no dex offered. Emphasis is on young people and people who identify as Aboriginal.

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