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Significant life changes take time and hard work. Change involves working through anger, pain, embarrassment, and the fears that ultimately would lead to relapse. From the day they are admitted at the drug rehab centre, our residents begin learning the tools and skills necessary to maintain sobriety.
The Australian Addiction and Trauma Treatment Centre is a small, intimate treatment center. Unlike many hospitals or institutional settings, we have a beautiful hinterland house with a pool and many other amenities. Situated on 12 acres of rolling hills, the residents truly feel like they are at home rather than in a treatment center.
The 6 week program provides a highly structured and supportive environment. The goal of recovery is long term sobriety. One of the most effective tools of recovery and sobriety is the supportive network of the 12-step programs. With this in mind, individuals also attend 12-step meetings in the community under supervision as well as meetings “in-house” that are attended by persons in the AA/ NA community.
Contributing to the process of addiction recovery is our highly skilled staff, many of whom are in recovery themselves and can share their special insights into the healing process. Working as a team, they create an environment within which residents begin to understand, address and recover from a wide range of personal issues affected by the addiction such as family and social relationships, school, work, health, and spirituality.
The Family Program is an important part of the program. The resident participates in the three day program after completion of the initial 6 week program. However, if there is a need before that time, we will bring the family out at the three week juncture to participate in group counseling.
The core curriculum is based on the following:
Life Skills: These groups focus on day to day social and life skills. As the result of years of alcohol and drug abuse many chemically dependent people have failed to develop successful living skills. These groups enable residents to practice life skills that will facilitate their ability to live sober, successful lives.
Relapse Prevention: Specific techniques are taught on how to live and enjoy a sober lifestyle. The resident learns how to identify individual triggers that lead to relapse and receives help and suggestions on how to come through these situations sober. The focus is on behavior and how to affect positive change.
Treatment Goals: This group promotes consistent individual involvement in their treatment process. Residents identify treatment goals and assess their progress as they proceed through the program. Each week, individual goals will be established and specific techniques for reaching these goals identified.
Group Therapy: These groups provide a forum for residents to resolve underlying emotional issues that may stand in the way of recovery. On an individual basis, specific behaviors, past beliefs and habits are discussed and by using the group process, effective problem solving techniques promote the development of new and productive ways to handle difficult situations.
Anger Management: Current methods of dealing with anger and their outcome are examined. Using the group process, residents learn new and more effective ways to manage anger. Through role play and assignments, they have an opportunity to test and refine their new skills.
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