Where do families go for support if someone they love is using drugs?

With the support of Queensland Health Family Drug Support’s (FDS)local support group in Mitchelton has been available since January this year. Regular attendees of the group have reported it has assisted them to feel heard and develop positive coping skills and strategies. Local worker to the area, Krystal Scott says, “It is positive to see families that otherwise would have had to travel significant distances to obtain support, regularly attending and gaining the benefit of connecting with people on a similar journey and sharing in the collective wisdom of the group.” 

“Numbers of attendance at the group have varied, but there is no doubt that there is benefit to those that do attend. I hope to see more promotion of the group throughout the local area and an increase in attendance in order to best support the community,” says worker Krystal Scott. 

FDS is a not-for-profit organisation that has been providing a range of support services specifically designed for family members of drug and alcohol users for the last 20 yearsAlong with their 24/7 national support line, FDS already has support groups established in Nerang, Northgate, Mt Gravatt, Paddington, Mitchelton, Maroochydore, Ipswich and Redcliffe. They will be running their flagship Stepping Stones running inGeebung on 23-24 May and 8-9 June 2019. FDS has been delivering this program for over a decade providing reality based support to over 1500 family members nationwide. 

The Mitchelton support group runs on the second Wednesday of each month at Picabeen Community Centre, 22 Hoben Street, Mitchelton. Those interested can contact Krystal on 0484 002 178. Refreshments, tea and coffee provided.  

Please contact Queensland Manager Chrissie Kelly on 0484 002 181 for further comment.fds.org.au

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