History of Amity Community Services
In 1976 Amity (then known as the Darwin & District Alcohol and Drug Dependence Foundation) was formed and, with funding from Territory Health Services, set up an alcohol and other drug service.
Over the years Amity gathered considerable information about the characteristics of effective drug intervention including the factors that influence behavioural change. Research shows there are more similarities across behaviours of habit than differences. In fact the basic principles of change are the same despite the behaviour to be changed (Prochaska & DiClemente 1982,1986). We surmised that the strategies for preventing and reducing drug related problems were applicable to other problematic behaviours. So, in 1994 in response to an increasing demand, and with the support of the Racing and Gaming Authority, we developed a service to address gambling issues.