Vital advice for families to help sufferers of addiction

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Strathalbyn retiree Gordon Wells.
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Strathalbyn retiree Gordon Wells has first-hand experience dealing with a drug-addicted family member.

“I had a son who was addicted to cannabis,” the 64-year-old said.

“He’s away from drugs now, but there’s been damage done.

“Now he’s in his early 30s and dealing with the mental health impact of being a cannabis user from his early teenage years.”

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Mr Wells’ son was able to kick his habit by spending 11 months in a substance abuse rehabilitation program called Adult and Teen Challenge.

After that, he stayed on for another 11 months as a mentor.

“He was able to provide knowledge and experience ... to the next cohort of users that came through the following year,” Mr Wells said.

“He gained a lot of insights into that.”

Tomorrow, August 17, Adult and Teen Challenge WA will host a seminar in Geraldton with the aim of teaching family members of drug and alcohol addicts how to recognise the symptoms of substance abuse and deal with the fallout.

The seminar will be presented by Adult and Teen Challenge WA director Malcolm Smith and will be held from 2pm-4.30pm at Geraldton PCYC.

Entry is $5 and includes afternoon tea.

Phone 0499 165 685 for more information.

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