Samaritans drug rehabilitation program proves effective

Samaritans Community Amphetamine Treatment program has been hailed a success.

The program, which started 6 months ago, is run by Samaritans Recovery Point service and offers support to people with drug addiction coming out of prison and rehabilitation centers.

The behavioural therapy program, initiated by Hunter Valley doctor David Outridge, is unique in Australia because it follows an incentive based model, popularly seen in the United States and United Kingdom.

Australia is reportedly the second-highest consumer of ice in the world per capita.  This is having a positive impact on the lives of recovering addicts to combat their addiction.

From the perspective of the people we support, the program is having a big impact on their life.  Claire, who participated in the program and has not used ice for more than six months said, “I haven’t used. I speak to my kids, have a roof over my head, everything I have I own now.  I have a good partner, all my friends are clean, we don’t think about drugs anymore.”

Read more about the programs success in ABC News, here.

Click here to learn more about Samaritans Recovery Point service.