VAC, in partnership with Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) are pleased to be offering ice education sessions designed for the LGBTI community and allies. Facilitators from SHARC and VAC will be offering these education sessions to friends, families and community members whose loved ones have been affected by ice and who wish to become more informed and effective in offering their support and building a healthier, more resilient community.
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BREAKTHROUGH: ICE EDUCATION FOR THE LGBTI COMMUNITY
TOPIC 1: FACTS
There is a lot of misinformation in the media and public discourse about drug use and ice in particular. In this first part of the session we separate fact from fiction. We provide information about what ice is, why people use it and why it causes problems for users, families and the broader community. We help people identify if family members are using ice and their patterns of drug use.
Most importantly, we explain the process by which people decide to seek help for their drug use and how families can support these decisions.
TOPIC 2: STRATEGIES
BreakThrough isn’t just about ice. We also look more broadly at the relationship between drug use and mental health and provide practical strategies to help family members discuss drug use and keep the lines of communication open.
Of course, the path to recovery from drug use is not always straightforward. Managing challenging behaviours and developing strategies to keep family members safe and functioning during difficult times are also part of the program.
TOPIC 3: HELP
The last topic of BreakThrough provides families with the skills and knowledge to navigate the treatment system and obtain the best possible outcomes for their loved ones. We also look at some of the barriers to seeking help and how to overcome these.
All family members attending the workshop will be given information on where to get help and support following the completion of the workshop and options for ongoing support activities.