Drug and alcohol stream courses at Recovery College

Term three July-September was a very busy time for the Recovery College Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Project as we delivered five new courses. The Opioid Medications and Recovery course was very well received by all the students. The Langton Centre Opioid Treatment Program Nurse Unit Manager attended along with other staff.

She said, “It was a great course. A lot of thought and effort went into a very stimulating morning".

This is an example of the uniqueness of the Recovery College where consumers, carers and staff learn together as equals. There is no power differential and plenty of encouragement all around.

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Currently we are well into Term four and we have two drug and alcohol courses scheduled:

Exploring Alcohol, Drug Use and Wellbeing, 3 hours

Venue: St George and Sutherland Community College, Jannali on the

Date: 6 December 2018

Improving Self Esteem and Challenging Stigma, 3.5 hours

Venue: Community Health Caringbah

Date: 29 November 2018

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We also provide individual orientation and Student Learning Plans which are conducted with a Peer Learning Advisor (PLA).The Student Learning Plan supports students to identify their goals, as well as Recovery College courses that will support their goals and other activities that may benefit their recovery, health and wellbeing.

It appears that many students who are participating in the Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Project experience co-occurring mental distress experience and substance misuse concerns.  

Another recent highlight was our “Share a Cuppa” event that was held at the college on World Mental Health Day. We had a great turn out and a student of the Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Project shared a powerful testimonial. It was great to have his mother present for the occasion also.

He said “I decided to give up all drugs and alcohol which was one of the hardest things I have done in my life. Last year my psychiatrist recommended Recovery College to me. I never looked back and thank god I did. At first I was a bit hesitant thinking it wouldn’t suit me but I have done over 10 courses and am loving every minute of it. I like the fact it’s an adult learning experience. The facilitators are awesome and so inspirational in their own way".

Please contact Ben Steele or the Admin Officer at the college for further information on 9113 2981. Alternatively email seslhd-recoverycollege@health.nsw.gov.au or visit the website www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/recovery-college.

- Written by Ben Steele and Arna Rathgen