In 2019/20 we have invested nearly
14 treatment services
across the Adelaide metropolitan region
million dollars in
MATRIX: an Intensive Program for Methamphetamine or IV Heroin Addiction Recovery
The MATRIX Program, our commissioned intensive outpatient addiction recovery initiative, continued to support people living with methamphetamine and IV heroin addiction via a 20 week program.
MATRIX provides group based, structured education and cognitive behaviour therapy and has gained a reputation for achieving high success rates since being introduced into the Australian AOD treatment landscape three years ago.
Across the year, people who completed the program saw a 93% reduction in days used, 54% reduction in severity of dependence, and 54% reduction in strength of cravings. Mental health and wellbeing of MATRIX participants also increased with a 30% reduction in reported psychological distress and 12% improvement in quality of life.
People Post Release or in Contact with the Criminal Justice System with AOD Support
Our commissioned Aboriginal Post Release Pathways Project continued to provide comprehensive, culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal people within the criminal justice system.
In the last twelve months, the program supported 72 people who showed significant reductions in drug use and reported improvements to their mental health and wellbeing. 46% of people participating in the program who completed treatment showed reduced K10 scores (a measure of psychological distress). 96% have not re-offended since commencement with the program, and 88% have not returned to custody. Initial evaluation suggests longer term health, social and recidivism outcomes will be achieved.
Continuation and Improvements with the Drug and Alcohol
Youth Outreach Service
Our commissioned Drug and Alcohol Youth Outreach Service continued to provide counselling, referral, advocacy, and case management to young people aged 12-24 years who have alcohol and other drug related issues.
In the past year, the service has developed and implemented a practice procedure to ensure regular and consistent monitoring of both substance use and mental health outcomes for their clients. The team are completing the Australian Treatment Outcome Profile (ATOP) and K10s with every client, every four sessions to monitor outcomes, review and inform treatment goals and celebrate successes.
NEW AOD PATHWAYS LAUNCHED
on the HealthPathways portal, SUPPORTING GPs and providers to DELIVER EVIDENCE BASED AOD TREATMENT AND SUPPORT