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Victoria’s new drug rules could turn painkiller addicts into heroin users: experts

Karen Moore's death, according to a coroner, was both predictable and preventable. ABC news: Victoria's new drug rules could turn painkiller addicts into heroin users: When the 49-year-old was found unconscious at her regional Victorian home in 2010, it was the second time in a week — and the eighth time in [...]

Opioid crisis killing 1000 Australians a year

The Herald Sun, November 9, journalist Josh Fagan ABUSE of prescription painkillers and illegal opioids, such as heroin and opium, has jumped to a 10-year high in Australia. Worrying new data shows it is claiming the lives of three people a day. A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found 1119 [...]

Alcohol misuse by over-50s on rise in Australia and New Zealand, study finds

It’s ‘critically important’ to identify hazardous drinking in older people, researchers say Adults over 50 in Australia and New Zealand are increasingly drinking at hazardous levels requiring hospitalisation, research presented at an international alcohol conference on Tuesday has found. Researchers from Massey University, the University of Auckland and the University of New South Wales [...]

A RECOVERY STIGMA CASE STUDY (BILL WHITE AND SHIV SHARMA)

I regularly receive emails and phone calls that poignantly illuminate the stigma and discrimination people can face as they make the journey through addiction to recovery and a life of purpose and meaning. Drug warrior ideologues have employed manipulative rhetoric and caricatured images of people experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems for political, [...]

Simon Pegg: ‘I was lost, unhappy and an alcoholic’

The actor’s tortuous depression led him to drink, then to rehab. He opens up about self-destruction, fatherhood – and his friend Tom Cruise. Simon Pegg has brought a bit of Hollywood with him. Not just the shades and a shiny smile, but the scorching weather, too. This setting seems apt. Pegg is here to [...]

VARIATIONS IN RECOVERY IDENTITY ADOPTION

A significant portion of people who resolve alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems do not embrace a recovery identity—do not see themselves as recovered, recovering, or in recovery. I first suggested this in Pathways from the Culture of Addiction to the Culture Recovery (1990) and later in a co-authored essay on the varieties of [...]

Drug deaths in Australia hit record high at 142 fatalities a month

Australians are underestimating the danger of popular sleeping pills and sedatives "at their peril", as a record 142 people die every month in accidental drug overdoses, a major new report warns. Annual drug deaths almost doubled in the decade to 2016, a period that claimed 13,471 lives through unintentional overdose and saw drug deaths [...]

STIGMA-BUSTING: SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF RECOVERY AT A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Stigma has many targets. It reaches beyond people addicted to various drugs to affect family members and those providing addiction treatment and recovery support services. Such secondary stigma, for example, is the source of the peculiar pecking order within the addictions field through which status (or stigma) is bestowed across varied settings based on [...]

2,000% INCREASE IN ICE OFFENCES SENTENCED OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, NEW STUDY FINDS

Media Release For immediate release 8:00 a.m. (AEST) Thursday 14 June 2018 The drug ice (methylamphetamine) was the key driver behind a 91% increase in the annual number of charges of possessing and using illicit drugs sentenced in Victoria’s Magistrates’ Court, a new report has found. The report, prepared by the Sentencing Advisory Council, [...]

Staff profile: Leon Gailitis – Clinical Services Manager – Banyan House NT

Staff profile: Leon Gailitis Yep. That’s me. My path to Banyan House has been decades in the making from my viewpoint. For me it was the perfect bio-psycho-social storm as a teenager and young man. Parents who abused alcohol, an anxious disposition and unresolved trauma were combined with social awkwardness and a natural curiosity [...]