I HAVE read the article from the mother online today about her son and her family's battle with ice.
I myself am going through almost word-for-word what this lady has gone through.
I am so disappointed with the only way to get help to deal with this issue is to wait until someone gets hurt and then they get treatment, but after they have done the unimaginable.
You cannot get help for them against there will.
There are many services out there in Bundaberg willing to help but you cannot force someone to get help.
When is it time for parents to be able to step in and fight for the child?
After through stupid idiotic and most of the time teenage rebellion choices they have tried a very addictive drug that messes with their mind.
It is addictive and why it gets out of control.
They are no longer thinking rationally they are no longer normal.
So why are their thoughts and decisions more important than the innocent family who may get injured in an outburst from a drug fuelled attack?
Why do we have to wait for the worst possible outcome to happen before we can help?
It's the innocent family members who don't do drugs that have to sit and watch their child destroy themselves and hurt people along the way.
It's the family members that have to take out AVOs against their child who is messed up on drug's with the hope that may protect them slightly from harm.
I can only imagine the cost of this with the court system and the police.
Not to mention the time police officers are wasting to attend all the domestic disturbances they have to attend instead of their normal duties.
This money would be better spent on rehabilitation services and other services to assist families give the help needed to save their own life from harm and the life of their child.
Against the will of the person under the influence of the drug.
You can not get them help against there will but as far as I am concerned they are not themselves any longer and not in control of their thoughts.
Someone has to step in and do something to protect the innocent families and community members from ice.
It is getting out of control across this country.
I have contacted so many services in town AIODS, Keith Pitt's office, mental health to name just a few.
All state it has to be voluntary once over the age of 16.
My son is 19 years old.
There is no avenue to get help.
I could get an assessment of his mental health against his will but this may only result in him being nice on the day and not meeting all the criteria to be held against his will.
This would then result in him being released and aggressive towards me, as he knows I would be the only person concerned enough to try and do something about his problem.
Distance yourself and do not interfere. This is easy for people to say but extremely hard to do.
There is no way to know what you are supposed to do under these circumstances.
Take him somewhere against his will for a few days and then talk to him when he is not under the influence and see if he will do rehab and get help.
That is a criminal act and I would be arrested.
It is a catch 22 situation and there has to be a way to help solve this issue.
I am struggling with working full time, being a mother and trying to protect my family from harm.
All the while worrying myself sick about my son and what will happen next.
I am writing this as your article is exactly how I am living.
I feel hope after your article but also feel I am fighting a losing battle.
*The NewsMail has not named the mother to protect her identity.
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