Addiction has a significant impact on the social and economic fabric of Australian society.
Substance abuse is linked to family breakdown, domestic violence and family impoverishment, and is estimated to cost the Australian economy $55.2 billion a year.
It also creates a ‘second wave of demand’ for services such as counselling, rehabilitation and crisis accommodation.
Drug and alcohol addiction is a significant focus area for the PAYCE Foundation. An area of particular interest is residential rehabilitation through which men who have an addiction have an opportunity not only to beat their addiction but to rebuild their lives through the acquisition of living and working skills, reconnecting with significant others and gain economic independence through work and private accommodation.
The efficacy of investment into drug and alcohol programs is affirmed by their quantifiable economic impact: ‘for every $1 invested in treatment, society gains $7’.
The PAYCE Foundation is proud of its significant contribution to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs across New South Wales.