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


The Stop Pot course is an educational and supportive group for current cannabis users.

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.

On average, ten people attend "Stop Pot", so the group is quite small, allowing participants to interact and develop social support within the group. The groups are sequential i.e. they follow on from one another, so participants need to attend all the sessions in each program. Each session lasts about two hours.

Group topics include:
• assessment, motivational work, behavioural monitoring,
• triggers/urges, planning to quit, social support, withdrawal,
• basics of CBT techniques specific to cannabis,
• cognitive restructuring-cannabis, review withdrawl, skills (anger, assertion),
• relapse prevention.

Approximately every three months, participants from each "Stop Pot" course have the opportunity to "Catch-Up" with fellow group participants and participants from previous or subsequent groups.

The course takes place on a weekly basis from 6.00-8.00pm running for 5 weeks.

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.

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

This course normally costs $15, with health card holders free of charge.