FAMILIES and addicts affected by methamphetamine abuse have the opportunity to hear the founder of Australia’s strictest rehab centre speak in Woodvale.
Peter Lyndon-James, who runs Shalom House, will give a presentation at Woodvale Baptist Church on Saturday, May 6.
Mr Lyndon-James, a West Australian of the Year finalist, is a former addict who has turned his life around after a criminal past put him in jail.
His rehab centre demands exceptional discipline from its attendees during a 12-month program, only accepting those Mr Lyndon-James believes have the will to beat their addiction.
“The calls from desperate parents don’t stop,” he said.
“Often parents and family members think they’re doing the right thing to help their loved ones in addiction by putting a roof over their head and paying their bills but they are in fact doing the wrong thing. It is sad to see that some of them are prolonging the inevitable by shielding their children from the consequences of their choices.”
The Neighbourhood Watch Landsdale and Surrounds group, co-ordinated by local resident Sandra Libardi, is supporting the event.
Ms Libardi said the Woodvale church was the only venue big enough to accommodate the crowd they were expecting at the free presentation.
“Families are crying out for help and are not sure where to turn,” she said.
“In our area we see burglaries, vehicle crimes, domestic violence and a lot of these are due to the drug epidemic on our streets.
“Peter has been an addict… and been in jail so he is the right person who can relate to how addicts find it hard to get out of their downward spiral.”
The event runs from 10am to 2pm.