“It’s a really good contract for us, it’s helped a lot and saved a lot of lives already. We have worked hard at it. Part of the reason for the Prime Minister to come was to show him what we are doing with our methamphetamine clients.”
Higher Ground has specialised in methamphetamine treatment since 1998. Today 50% of clients are methamphetamine addicted and most of the others are addicted to alcohol.
“We are getting good results,” says Johnny. “The programe is a lot faster, with a lot more interventions, more exercise groups, a lot more therapeutic groups. It’s a very busy programme now. The age of our population is predominantly mid-30’s down and we have a lot more 18 to 25-year-olds.”