'Understanding Addiction' at MidCoast Council Libraries

Published on 04 June 2019

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MidCoast Council Libraries and Greater Manning Myall Lakes Community Drug Action Team are delighted to welcome Dr Julian Keats to Taree and Forster Libraries for his talk on Understanding Addiction.

Dr Keats’s visits also form part of the travelling Drug and Alcohol interactive hub that will be on exhibition at Taree and Forster libraries in June.

“These talks and the hub are all about offering help and education for these serious issues, in a safe, non-threatening and informal environment,” explained MidCoast Council Libraries Manager, Chris Jones.

Dr Keats will speak at Taree Library on Wednesday 12 June from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, followed by Forster Library on Monday 17 June from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

He provides a simple explanation of what alcohol and drug use does to chemicals in the brain involved in reward, and how persisting changes in these chemicals can disrupt an individual’s priorities and influence their behaviour.

He will examine with the audience, the factors that lead to initial drug use, the reasons some people continue to use drugs after initial experimentation, and how the development of addiction can lead to a spiral of increasingly harmful consequences for both individuals and society.

Dr Keats worked for Drug & Alcohol Clinical Services (Hunter New England Local Health District, NSW Health) from 2010 to 2018.

In 2018 he formed a limited proprietary company and now provides private bulk-billed specialist addiction medicine services to non-government organisations in Muswellbrook and Cessnock.

He has a broad range of experience which includes assessing, treating and managing addiction in patients within general hospitals and specialist addiction treatment facilities, as well as outpatients on opioid treatment programs, and providing consultation services and shared care for patients referred from primary care.

Dr Keats has special interests in the provision of harm reduction advice, management of co-occurring addiction and chronic pain, and the treatment of chronic hepatitis C infection.

“We welcome everyone from the community to attend Dr Julian Keats presentations and to visit the Drug and Alcohol Hub on exhibition at Taree and Forster Libraries in June,” said Chris.

These are free events but bookings are essential.

To book your place and for more information, head to www.midcoastlibraries.com.au/events