Lambie's rehab proposal a 'waste of money': facility manager

More vacancies best way to treat drug problems, says facility manager
More vacancies best way to treat drug problems, says facility manager

A NORTH Coast addiction facility manager says forcing drug addicts into rehabilitation won't work.

Christian Gruft, program manager at The Buttery, said money needed to be spent getting those who wanted to change their habits into programs, not filling the limited vacancies with those who didn't.

It came as Senator Jacqui Lambie publicly revealed her son was addicted to ice, igniting a call to revive a failed bill to broaden forced drug rehabilitation laws in NSW.

Senator Lambie has urged the Federal Government to allow parents of drug addicts to send their offspring into treatment against their will.

READ MORE: Jacqui Lambie reveals son's ice addiction

Mr Gruft said The Buttery, which also runs outreach programs across the Northern Rivers, already

has a long waiting list of people trying to kick drug dependence.

"I'm not a big advocate for involuntary treatment," he said.

"We get a lot of parents ringing up and saying their son is destroying his life, asking us for help.

"Unfortunately, it doesn't work unless a person has some willingness to do something about it."

Mr Gruft said taxpayers' money would be better spent opening vacancies in existing programs for those who actually wanted to make a change.

"At the moment our waiting list is five or six months for males and three months for women," he said.

"Quite often people using ice or another drug have a small window of opportunity.

"They feel they want to do something to change, but there is nowhere to send them.

"By the time there is, six months later, they might be too far gone."

On the NSW stage, Christian Democrats leader Fred Nile has called for State Parliament to reconsider a bill he introduced in 2012.

"Is it a fact that, as stated by Senator Jacqui Lambie, ice is a drug which affects people, such as her son, like no other drug, leaving them unable to help themselves, and those who love them powerless to intervene?" he asked in parliament.

Current state laws permit an adult to be forced into drug or alcohol treatment for up to 28 days, with the option of an extension, if a doctor deems their addiction to be so serious their life is on the line.

Rev Nile's bill would lengthen the maximum first treatment period to 90 days and eliminate the option of a later extension.

It would also allow 16-year-olds to be forcibly admitted to treatment if their parents gave consent.

Under the proposed changes, addicts could opt to have a naltrexone implant surgically embedded under their skin to avoid a compulsory stay at a rehab clinic.

Naltrexone has traditionally been used to block the effects of alcohol and opioids such as heroin and morphine, but recent studies have pointed to it being effective against amphetamines as well.

Topics:  editors picks ice jacqui lambie methamphetamine rehab

Dreamworld: This tragedy won't stop us going back

"Dreamworld still has my support 10000% percent."

Appeal for information over assault on woman

Police are appealing for information in relation to an assault on a woman in Woolgoolga in February.

Police release description of man wanted over assault

Miriam's family brings her back to the Muster

A cuddle for mum as Lilly Tasker hugs her mum Miriam Tasker with partner Campbell Lynne in the background. Miriam received a donor kidney, and Campbell gave one as part of a donor program, and the family, who form the band Country Heritage are playing at the Clarence Valley Country Music Muster.

Miriam's long journey back to country music

Local Partners

Jake left broken-hearted by Bachelorette break-up

Jake Ellis is one of the final three bachelors on The Bachelorette.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and Matty J as her final two suitors.

MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange is out there in a good way

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S new superhero takes viewers along on his mind trip.

MOVIE REVIEW: Jack Reacher sequel falls flat

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.

THE film's title Never Go Back should serve as a warning to fans.

The Bachelor contestants find love with each other

Former Bachelor contestants Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon have confirmed their relationship on social media.

MEGAN Marx and Tiffany Scanlon confirm relationship on Instagram.

Liam Payne wants to wed Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Liam Payne

Liam Payne reportedly wants to marry Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Bindi Irwin 'honoured' to make MAXIM HOT 100 list

Wildlife Warrior named among Australia's most beautiful women

Unique riverfront home sells for almost $1M

SOLD: Ray White real estate agent Alan Bruchert has just put a new sticker on Maclean's most expensive house to sell in a decade.

Maclean's highest house sale this decade

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June