Media Release: Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre opens in Townsville

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Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre opens in Townsville

Adults and young people across Townsville and the region will have increased access to drug and alcohol treatment services as a result of an Australian Government investment of more than $6 million in the Salvation Army rehabilitation and detox centre.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson joined Divisional Commander for Queensland of The Salvation Army, Lieutenant Col David Godkin and Townsville Recovery Centre manager Capt Brad Whillte for the opening of the 10-bed withdrawal management service this morning.
Mr Thompson said alcohol, cannabis and methamphetamine use in North Queensland was a problem not only for the person affected, but for their family, friends and the wider community.
“The Salvation Army residential rehabilitation and detox facility is one we’re very fortunate to have on our doorstep,” Mr Thompson said.
“This means that people who reach out for help and support can get it right here in their own community, and that’s more likely to lead to a better outcome.
“I’m pleased we’ve been able to take this action to address the significant demand for appropriate drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Townsville.
“There’s no magic bullet to beat addiction, but with the experience and expertise of the Salvation Army, many people will be able to take their first steps toward a stronger, healthier future.”
Captain Brad Whittle said he was grateful for the support of the Federal Government and Mr Thompson for his assistance to the Salvation Army for helping to provide assisted funding for this project.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Townsville community who has gone above and beyond to support this facility and the work that The Salvation Army does,” Capt Whittle said.
“Through their support we can continue to deliver our high quality social services and help those suffering from addiction.
“We see people in very distressing situations, come to us for assistance. Addiction does not discriminate and every member of the community is affected by it directly or indirectly.
“We encourage anyone who is battling an addiction to reach out to the Salvos. We are here to help individuals and families get back on their feet.”
The Salvation Army Townsville alcohol and other drug service is dedicated to preventing and reducing harm for both individuals and the wider community, and to support the reduction and cessation of substance use.
The opening of the purpose-built 10-bed withdrawal management facility enhances the organisation’s capacity to support people to safely withdraw from alcohol and other drug dependence in a 24/7 supervised setting. 
It will provide a space for clinical assessments, psychosocial interventions, individual patient rooms, eating and recreational areas. 
If you or someone you know needs help with issues surrounding drugs, alcohol or gambling, visit or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).


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