@ Fred the Philistine: From what I know, the rehab …

Comment on Booze rehab funding falls short by Surprised!.

@ Fred the Philistine: From what I know, the rehab time at CAAAPU is around eight weeks. During this time the clients are alcohol free and provided a good diet and as they are allowed visitors, will most likely receive some support from their families.
Clearly, as with any clients in rehab, it can be a very long road to recovery.
Perhaps the issue we have, is that we are expecting results, shortly after immediately, rather than looking at the bigger and holistic picture.
In my opinion, any substance abuse is only the result of “other” things going on. Perhaps we need to look a little deeper into the causes.
I am not advocating any type of substance abuse or the resulting outcomes from such, just pointing out that these are behavioural issues that need to be investigated.
I would imagine some of the clients have long histories of substance abuse, so there in no quick fix.
Only by the provision of continued support, hence regular and continued funding are likely to see the benefits to any of these programmes.
I can’t imagine trying to run a business, knowing that your funding will expire after 12 months or such.
How can you plan for anything? let alone deal with the costs any unforeseen situations.
The Government manage, because they do not actually produce anything useful. They would just open the accrual bucket, or shift the money from somewhere else.
The fact that some government departments are still encouraged to spend any surpluses before June 30 says it all.
I doubt if CAAAPU and others will ever have that luxury or more importantly, be that negligent.
IMHO, CAAAPU and some of the other orgs, do a great job and should be supported.

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Booze rehab funding falls short
@ Jim: I am not a Labor supporter. I WAS a CLP supporter.
Your comment “Everyone has forgotten what the CLP has done for Alice Springs. God help us all” is old hat, PAST tense.
I want to see someone lead … and commit, but alas, there are no suitable candidates or honourable ones, with enough backing.
Politicians need to continuously offer improvements, not sit on their laurels and brag about what they have done.
If they understood anything about business, they would know this. When a business sits on their laurels and say, look what we did, they get into trouble, just like the pollies.
But you are correct in: God help us all.
IMHO, Alice Springs News, offers factual, fair and unbiased articles.
They just ask the pointy questions, which frightens only those who have things to hide.

Booze rehab funding falls short
Clearly the NT Government has no real interest in really supporting these useful programmes.
As usual they pay it lip service, hoping to win political points. Words like commitment spring to mind, but when does the NT Government ever commit?!
Then of course, there’s the equality question? Are wome less entitled to these services? In the NT Governments eyes, clearly yes.
I was interested to read that the funding had been submitted for the 2016/2017 and was clearly knocked back.
Programmes such as these require regular and ongoing funding. Surely there must be a mechanism for the Government to apply some kind of Emergency funding for this kind of thing.
Where people wish to help themselves, they should be encouraged and the facilities should always be available.
After all, the Government always seem to find the funding for their Jollies and Christmas parties.

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