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New southern home detox programme a valuable initiative for addiction recovery – Stuff

EDITORIAL: Southlanders seeking to emerge from the grip of alcohol and drug addiction now have a significant new avenue of support.
The home detox programme that Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust will launch by the end of this month, with Southern DHB backing, addresses an aching social need.
The Covid pandemic has surely sensitised the community to the challenges of dealing with situations on a hunker-down and tough-it-out-at-home basis and this might at first blush seem a particularly intense variation of that theme.
It’s better than that.
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For starters, this is not some patch-up measure to plug a gap that should by rights be filled by inpatient facilities.
While it’s true that the scale of need outstrips the availability of detox centres – in fact this will be the only withdrawal service south of Dunedin – this home-based programme is not a case of a problem being flung back into the community.
It’s a direct response to calls from the community itself.
If anything it’s ultimately more about connectivity than isolationism, and not only by working with a range of other support services including the health board’s own specialist service and a raff of agencies, GPs and groups doing their best, without anyone pretending it’s truly sufficient given the alarming scale of need out there.
This initiative is particularly notable for its determination to involve and empower whānau.
As it should. Let’s face it, the families of people wrestling with addictions are hardly sideline spectators. Their wellbeing intertwines. Family get caught in the spiralling miseries – but the upside has long been evident; when they are collectively on board and appropriately assisted, the prospects for good outcomes are mightily enhanced.
So that’s a big part of the methodology. Nurses will sit down with the family and the client (the preferred term, it seems) to firm up what needs to change in the household, removing triggers. For all the professional monitoring throughout the programme a key go-to figure is a support person, be it friend, whānau or a consented consumer advocate.
To have 15 people at a time detoxifying on two-weekly cycles soon adds up to a hand-up for a lot of southerners, which is all the more welcome given the lamentable delays that have long bedevilled services for those seeking treatment programmes.
The thinking is far from short-term. This is no case of helping people through a tough two weeks and then wishing them the very best in their future endeavours. From the very beginning the individualised plans stretch well in advance that, into longer-term reintegration goals.
In case it doesn’t go without saying, this is by no means a Māori-only service.
History strongly suggests Ngā Kete has the chops to come up with the goods. Its range of health and social service support systems has not only stood the test of time – two decades – the Ministry of Health has bestowed exemplar status on its mental health and addiction work, meaning an appropriate model, worthy of study.
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