WANGARATTA is now home to the state’s only Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) support group.
The first meeting was held on Monday, with 10 attendees, including people from outside the area, recovered addicts and those using but wishing to get support.
CMA is predominantly based in NSW and is a fellowship of people for whom crystal meth has become a serious problem, but who want to support each other, creating a safe environment to stay clean.
Ben Waldhart, a drug and alcohol assessment worker at Gateway Health – which is providing the venue for the meetings – said the meetings are non-judgemental.
They will run in Wangaratta for a trial period of six months, with continuation dependent on patronage.
Wangaratta recovering addict Kane – whose drug addiction started in his early teens and spanned 23 years until rehab last year – has been helping get a group formed because “meth is a big issue in Wangaratta and there is a need”.