The Kalgoorlie community leaders have invited the Founder of Australia’s strictest rehabilitation centre Shalom House and author of Tough Love: tackling drug addiction and seeing change, Peter Lyndon-James, to teach families and drug addicts how to deal with the growing methamphetamine crisis.
Mr Lyndon-James will give a presentation aimed at equipping families with the tools to help their loved ones overcome addiction.
Mr Lyndon-James, Australian of the Year finalist and West Australian of the Year in the Community category, is a former addict who has turned his life around, after spending 26 years in and out of prisons and institutions.
“Methamphetamine is the evillest drug to hit the face of this planet and we’ve only seen the beginning of it. It’s going to get bigger and bigger,” said Mr Lyndon-James.
“People are smoking meth like they did cannabis not realising that the effects don't just affect them but the whole family and in turn its structure. By the time they realise, it is too hard to turn back,” added Mr Lyndon-James.
Mr Lyndon-James said his method of tough love, or cause and effect, is about showing families how to bring a person to the point of wanting to change, rather than forcing them.
“Often parents and family members think they’re doing the right thing trying to help their loved ones in addiction by putting a roof over their head and paying their bills but they are in fact doing the wrong thing. It is sad to see that some of them are prolonging the inevitable by shielding their children from the consequences of their choices.” “I’m not going to tell you what you want to hear, I’m going to tell you what you need to hear,” he said.
Mr Lyndon-James believes that the community should not have to pay for the rehabilitation of drug addicts and runs the only rehabilitation centre in Australia that doesn’t cost the government a cent using a self-sufficient funding model. \
Event Coordinator Mr Martyn Withnell said, “While I am not suggesting one size fits all, I do believe it is important for the community to get some guidance in how to deal with the epidemic that we have on our hands. Sadly, Kalgoorlie has been dubbed Western Australia’s meth capital, but as a community we can change that and we can make a difference.”
Mr Lyndon-James’ Tough Love seminar will be held at the WA School of Mines, WMC Conference Centre, 44 MacDonald St from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, 15 July 2017. Attendance is free of charge.