Victorian families affected by ice can now access a new, specialised education program as part of the Ice Action Plan.

Breakthrough: ice education for families will help Victorians to recognise when a family member has a problem with ice, encourage the affected person to get treatment and support them through their recovery.

Turning Point, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) and the Bouverie Centre developed the program and will deliver it to more than 1000 Victorians.

Among the scheduled workshops for 2015 are:

  • Cranbourne – Wednesday 18 and 25 November
  • Traralgon – Tuesday 24 November
  • Fitzroy – Wednesday 25 November and 9 December
  • Melton – Friday 27 November
  • Bacchus Marsh -Sunday 6 December
  • Werribee – Wednesday 2 and 9 December
  • Prahran – Wednesday 9 and 16 December

More workshops will be scheduled across the State for 2016.

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre Director Dan Lubman said the program is a great opportunity for three major state-wide services to work collaboratively to reduce the harms associated with ice use.

“This program aims to provide an insight into what ice is, how it affects people and how to support family members into treatment. We will also provide practical approaches in caring for a family member who might be using ice,” he said.

For more information on the workshops or to register your interest, call 1800 ICE ADVICE or visit www.turningpoint.org.au/education/breakthrough