News

Plan tackles addiction issue

An ambitious new plan to combat addiction on the North Island has been unveiled.

The Mt. Waddington Health Network’s Addictions and Recovery plan was revealed Nov. 30 at U’gwamalis Hall in Fort Rupert, followed by a circle discussion where concerned citizens shared their views and experiences regarding addiction and possible solutions.

“I think we had good responses,” said Sandra Waarne, facilitator for the Mt. Waddington Health Network.

The plan outlines several problems with current addictions services and solutions to those problems, including:

l greater integration and co-operation between services;

l More and better local facilities, including proper detox and sobering centres;

l individualized care that takes peoples’ personal needs and underlying traumas into account;

l proper aftercare and reintegration programs; education about drugs and drug abuse, and about available services;

l greater responsiveness and accountability;

l First Nations, revival and participation in indigenous culture.

A large number of local organizations are coming together to help make these goals a reality. “Everybody has a piece of the pie,” said Waarne.

The plan is in its first draft, and alterations will be made as needed. Another meeting is scheduled at U’gwamalis Jan. 11 to discuss practical implementation of the plan. “The fact of getting out of addictions is a journey, and people need trust and support on that journey,” said Waarne.

– By Aleister Gwynne

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Backyard breakfast
 
Digging up history
 
Big changes expected at Greater Victoria board of education
ELECTION 2014: Alberni votes for change
 
Coulsons upgrade their firefighting fleet
 
Hupacasath raises flag
Red Nose offers Nanaimo drivers safe ride home
 
Speed bump
 
Cowichan ravaged by major flooding event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 19 edition online now. Browse the archives.