The capital city of Australia has a very unusual history when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Typically thought as the land of politicians and public servants, Canberra has a darker underside of illicit substances, alcohol-related offences and more. When it comes to treating conditions such as addiction however, the city has only a few government-funded facilities, some of which have come under financial strain over recent years.
Illicit Substances in Canberra
Like most of Australia, Canberra has seen a recent spike in amphetamine use. In fact there was a 13% increase in the amount of people injecting the drug in 2015 according to The Canberra Times. Primary users were up by 23% with 40% admitting they used amphetamines in combination with other substances. The purity of the drug is also much higher in the ACT than in other areas around Australia with The Guardian reporting a median purity of 71.2%. This can be compared with other states where the purity was only around 20%.
The general drug scene in Canberra is quite diverse attracting everyone from tradies to public servants. Vice reports there was a 52% increase in drug trafficking charges within the ACT from 2012 to 2015 as well as a 33% jump in drug manufacturing. Cocaine seems to be the drug of choice. There is also a demand for cannabis although it is actually legal to grow your own plants in the ACT as long as they remain small. Canberra police recently busted a major cannabis operation, seizing almost $6 million worth of the drug according to the ABC News.
Alcoholism in Canberra
As well as being a place where it's legal to grow weed, Canberra is also the only city in Australia where it isn't against the law to drink while driving. ABC News writes that as long as you stay under the legal BAC, no one can arrest you. This law will soon be changed to fall into line with the rest of Australia however.
The good news is that alcohol-related incidents have remained on the decrease over the years. In 2014, there were only 169 arrests for alcohol-related assaults, 61 arrests for drink-driving, 24 cases of intoxicated juveniles and 6 alcohol-related sex assaults. The Canberra Times says this is because the local police has worked harder and collaborated with licensed venues. With upcoming changes that allow the provision of outdoor bars however, it remains to be seen whether this will have any negative alcohol-related effects according to The Age.
Rehab Options for Canberra Locals
In order to combat the negative symptoms of drug and alcohol use in Canberra, a number of treatment options have been set up. For instance, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Service offers a 24-hour helpline which offers information, advice and support for anyone battling addiction. This is open to all residents of the ACT.
The Canberra Hospital also offers alcohol & drug services for individuals, family and friends. This includes offering advice and support for those battling with binge drinking, illicit substance abuse and other matters. There is also an opioid (methadone) treatment service, withdrawal service and consultative liaison service available.
Finally, there is also only one government-funded rehab centre in Canberra although this is currently going through tough financial times. Karralika is a small centre for vulnerable families and their children offering treatment for drug or alcohol addiction as well as various community-based services. The local government recently decreased funding, supplying the centre with an amount that falls short of what they require, writes ABC News.
Rehab Options for Those in Canberra
Within this environment, what can a local addict do to receive treatment? Public facilities in Canberra are limited while private centres can be very expensive. A better option is to check into a rehab clinic in a country like Thailand where costs are far lower. By choosing a centre such as Serenity, you can gain world-class treatment at a fraction of the price that you would pay in Canberra (even including the return plane ticket).
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