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Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD)
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
AOD FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
For family members, significant others and supporters of people
struggling with addiction and susbtance abuse
WHERE: Bass Coast Health - Cowes site 14 Warley Ave
Fridays 2pm - 4pm (afternoon tea supplied)
This program is facilitated by BCH Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD)
counsellors and peer support volunteers and will help participants
to be better equipped in knowing what to do if a friend or relative is
struggling with addiction or any substance abuse.
Families and supporters will be:
• Able to recognise signs of addiction of alcohol and other drug use, particularly
early warning signs
• Educated on addictive behaviours and substance dependence. This will include
education around brain functioning and alcohol and other drug use
• Able to understand how to manage difficult and unsocial behaviour
• Given strategies for self-care and maintenance of healthy family life
• Supported to understand and maintain appropriate boundaries with the person
struggling with addiction
• Supported to understand the person in addiction rather than judge the person
with addiction issues
• Offered emotional support and will be given strategies to manage their emotional
wellbeing, including coping with grief
• Able to support the person in addiction to seek treatment and/or other service
support as appropriate
• Learn how to support other members of the family who are impacted
• Given strategies for prioritising needs amongst family members while they are
dealing with the instability and chaos that is associated with the addiction lifestyle
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE PHONE BCH ON 5671 3278 OR 5951 2100.
By Jeff Clark, Landcare watchdog
MY WIFE recently noticed that several of her
friends were extremely ill and the doctors were
unable to identify the problem.
She had experience of myself being poisoned
by a plant and being in great pain.
She did some investigation and found that
her friends had been handling the same plant.
This plant is a common garden plant and fea-
tures in many cottage gardens and is grown in
It is called Euphorbia and has many types
and all are poisonous.
If a leaf, stem or branch is bruised, they will
immediately ooze a white sticky latex through
the plant’s pores.
If this gets on your hand or bare skin, it will
enter the pores of your skin and go into the
It will then travel with the blood to areas of
sensitive organs and the corrosive action will
do a lot of damage.
The poison will attack the liver, kidneys,
bladder and the lining of your stomach.
It also causes extensive red rashes on arms
and legs and can ulcerate.
Symptoms are extreme burning in the eyes,
vomiting, diarrhoea, burning and pain internally.
This can last for a long time and sometimes
can go and return more severe weeks later. It
can cause death, particularly in children.
If you have been sick and cannot explain why,
look in your garden and see if you have been
tidying up and had any contact with this plant.
Even if you wear gloves, it can dry on the
glove and when you wipe your brow or other
parts it can still affect you.
The doctor will not associate your problem
with a plant unless you can make the connec-
tion for him/her.
They can then contact the poisons department
at the Royal Melbourne Hospital for advice.
The flowering season is over and many gar-
deners are cleaning up old growth. Watch what
you handle and wear good gloves and glasses as
some species squirt the sap.
If you want more info, call Jeff Clark, 5659 2384.
The silent attacker
Euphorbia has many types and all are poisonous.
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