Locals get a roadmap to life lived well

Sue Williamson and Caitlin Maginnis from Lives Lived Well with Taylor Bliss from Yoorana Gunya.
Sue Williamson and Caitlin Maginnis from Lives Lived Well with Taylor Bliss from Yoorana Gunya.

Eight locals have just completed a six-week drug and alcohol program designed to give them a roadmap to "a life lived well".

Roadmaps is an alternative to a residential rehabilitation program, and coordinators Sue Williamson and Caitlin Maginnis have just rolled it out in Forbes for the first time through Yoorana Gunya Family Healing Centre.

The two women, from Lyndon Dubbo Outreach's Lives Lived Well Outreach, have been running the mobile program for about a year now and say its key feature is that it is delivered within community.

It was free to participants, who could refer themselves if they were not referred to the program.

Yoorana Gunya also provided free transport to the twice-a-week sessions.

Local participants were dealing with addictions including alcohol, cannabis and ice, but faced common issues and a similar process, they said.

"We identify what they have lost, want they want to get back," Caitlin explained.

"I think the yarning is the most valuable thing," Sue added.

They watch for the "lightbulb moments" where a participant realises the impact of their addiction, and then give them the tools to say no to it and make better choices.

The support doesn't end with the six-week series of face-to-face gatherings, there are also check-ins two and four weeks later.

The program identifies what supports people need such as a GP or psychiatrist, and connects them to those supports for the longer term.