Port Stephens Council funds used to run seminar on addiction

PRESENTATION: A cheque for $2,000 was presented to Rob Hole from CDAT by Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer (Picture Supplied)

PRESENTATION: A cheque for $2,000 was presented to Rob Hole from CDAT by Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer (Picture Supplied)

Port Stephens Council has provided funding for a seminar on drug addiction to be facilitated by the Port Stephens Community Drug Action Team (CDAT).

Community members are invited to attend the seminar which will focus on the drug ice, alcohol and other drug-related addictions to be held on Friday, September 20, at the All Saints Church hall in Nelson Bay between 7-9pm.

CDAT, a group of volunteers funded by the Australian Drug Foundation, was established in Port Stephens two years ago to raise awareness and promote measures for the prevention and reduction of alcohol and illicit drugs in the community.

CDAT member Rob Hoile said that the $2,000 cheque received from the council's community grants program would enable the group to run a second ice and drug information seminar aimed at informing the general public about drug impacts and available options.

"The first seminar hosted earlier this year by Dr David Outridge, a drug and alcohol specialist, was well attended and proved to be very informative, with many saying it had provided them with a better understanding of addiction," Mr Hoile said.

In addition to the seminar, CDAT offers a group facilitation model called 'Smart Recovery' which is available every Monday in Nelson Bay. "Our short term aim is to offer the same service in Raymond Terrance.

'Smart Recovery' is recognised nationally as 'best practice' in supporting those challenged by addictions."

Anyone wanting more information about the seminar or the 'Smart Recovery' groups should call 0478129121 or email paul@pscdat.org.au.

There are more than 70 CDA teams across NSW working to build a healthier and more resilient community.