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CWL wants greater Church role in drug rehabilitation

The Queensland executive of the Catholic Women's League has called on the Church to play a greater role in the rehabilitation of substance abusers.

State President Joy Leyden told The Catholic Leader that the executive is concerned about the urgent need for more facilities to be available to users who have gove through detoxification.

"They are just put back out in the community again," she said. "They need a place to go to spend time with their parents and get rehabilitation and counselling, like a halfway house."

Mrs Leyden said the CWL state executive had submitted a motion to the organisation's national conference calling for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to consult with the Federal Government to strongly encourage the main cities of Australia to be proactive in the provision of post-detoxification and rehabilitation facilities, including ongoing counselling for those suffering from substance abuse or addiction.

Catholic Leader