PEOPLE struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems in the Warrnambool region will be invited to participate in a new program designed to foster healthier lifestyles and prevent relapse.
The Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre (WRAD) has entered a six-month partnership with AquaZone in Warrnambool to design healthy exercise and fitness programs for clients with both substance abuse and mental health problems.
WRAD director Geoff Soma said the program was designed to combat sedentary lifestyles.
“The research is clear that people who are engaged in fitness-related activities are more likely to use this outlet to deal with stress and related matters,” Mr Soma said. WRAD’S improved services co-ordinator Angela Alexander said the program would also help clients to feel more comfortable in different settings in the community.
The initiative can include a mix of gym, fitness and swimming programs.
WRAD clients will be supported by a staff representative and AquaZone staff member when learning about the exercise equipment and programs.