Gold Coast Drug Council Inc - PO Box 2655, Burleigh MDC QLD 4220 - Phone: (07) 5535 4302 - Fax: (07) 5576 2512

EARLY BIRDS SUPPORT GROUP

This service supports people in the early stages of recovery from drug addiction. It is designed to provide a regular service to members of the community who need assistance with long-term drug use. The aim is to address and reduce the immediate and long-term personal and social impact of drug use.

Who?
Clients can access the service from across the community. Clients can be referred from a range of sources, including health, welfare, community organizations or may self-refer.

Clients should phone our Receptionist/ Advice Worker on (07) 5535 4302 to make enquiries about accessing the service.

How?
All clients are assessed by counsellors prior to attending. This assessment includes a brief history of the client, their reason for seeking treatment, current drug use and any past or current psychiatric or therapeutic history. Assessments normally take place from 4.30- 6.00pm weekdays.

The service is based on a harm minimisation model, facilitated by an outclient counsellor. It offers the opportunity for clients to express their problems and feelings in a supportive, confidential and non-judgemental environment.

The group takes place on a weekly basis from 4.30pm to 6.00pm.

A complementary group for families and friends of those with drug and alcohol problems is also available (see Family & Friends Support Group).

We also offer a supervised Urine Testing service (a current Medicare Card is essential). For more details on either of these services please contact our Receptionist/Advice Worker on (07) 5535 4302.

Rules?
Out-clients attending this group are required to comply with the following rules:
• clients may not attend an outclient group if they are under the influence of a drug/substance, including alcohol. Should this occur they will be asked to leave the group,
• if any members of the group (irrespective of whether they currently use a substance) engage members of the group in conversation about their past or present behaviour (e.g. where they buy drugs), they will be asked to leave the group. This is called "negraving" and is considered to be a destructive behaviour in terms of recovery,
• when clients first arrive at Mirikai for an outclient group (particularly if they currently use a substance), they are asked to remain in reception until the group begins and leave as soon as the group ends,
• clients must not to engage in conversation with current residents of the Mirikai Therapeutic Community Program. Should they be seen doing this they will be asked to leave the property.

Where?
The Group takes place at the Gold Coast Drug Council, 191 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, Qld.

Cost?
This program is free of charge to clients.