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Rehab

The Rehab Shuffle

A rehab can be brilliant places to duck for cover, find the perfect partner, save a shit load of cash, get a sun tan, fuck up completely and move on the next one: not necessarily in that order. Or it can also be a great place to get clean and sober and reclaim a bit of consistency and significance in your life. Both choices have consequences I would suggest the latter — it's a lot less painful.

Rehabilitation facilities are about calling time-out; getting off the treadmill and confronting issues that keep you running to your dealer, your local pub and fucking over friends, family, perfect strangers and most of all yourself. Some people spend years going from one to the other in every state, not realizing that they are in fact becoming institutionalised and less connected with mainstream society. Many people jump through all the hoops to gain admission, sadly only to be kidnapped by aliens on the way to the rehab. Then there is the prehab: this happens accidentally when you've just had a shot or you're pissed and you tell everybody that will listen (mostly drug and alcohol workers) you are going to rehab one day but you've got to get yourself together first.

Rehabs do not have magic wands: there is a lot of hard work and confronting shit to go through tears — anger and frustration can be part of it — and with that can come self belief, purpose and choice. There are different models to choose from: religious, medical, therapeutic community, and so on. They do cost money. This can range from twenty five to eighty five percent of your income; the length of stay can vary from a few weeks up to a few months. You may have to attend orientation classes prior and be fully detoxed before going. Rehabs may not be the answer for everyone but they may form the part of a holistic approach to addiction and the recovery process. You may have nothing to lose when you've lost everything else.

Rehabilitation Facilities

Rehabilitation facilities are as scares as hens teeth these days. Consecutive enlightened governments over the past 10 years have closed a lot of these facilities.

Salvation Army Bridge Program Alcohol
Residential Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation
Basin-Olinda Road THE BASIN 3154
Phone: (03) 9762 1166
$240 fortnight.
Residential rehabilitation program for men and women with drug & alcohol problems.
Must be fully detoxed

Salvation Army Bridge Centre
Residential Drug & Alcohol Recovery Program
52-54 Fairy Street
WARRNAMBOOL 3280
Ph: (03) 5561 4453
Accommodation for twelve to sixteen weeks in a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for young people and adults
$125 per week

Windana Society
Therapeutic Community Accommodation
Address: 88 Alma Road, ST KILDA EAST 3183
Phone: (03) 9529 7955
Males and females who have gone through a detoxification are able to spend six months on the Society farm and rehabilitation program
Cost Seventy-eight per cent of pension

Salvation Army Bridge Centre
Counselling & Support
Address: 12 Chapel Street ST KILDA 3182
Phone: (03) 9521 2770
Fax: (03) 9521 1426

Quin House (Ozanam Community)
Drug & Alcohol Supported Accommodation
Address: 40 George Street FITZROY 3065
Phone: (03) 9419 4874
Fax: (03) 9419 4723

Bridgehaven Salvation Army
(Women only)
1A Jackman Street
Preston, VIC, 3072.
Phone: (03) 9480 6488
Fax: (03) 9484 2700

Youth Substance Abuse Service
Youth Drug Residential Rehabilitation
Address: Confidential FITZROY 3065
Phone: (03) 9718 1904

Salvation Army, Geelong Bridge Centre
Residential Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation
Address: Confidential GEELONG 3220
Phone: (03) 5243 3364

Teen Challenge Victoria
Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre
Address: 510 South Boundary Road KYABRAM 3620
Phone: (03) 5852 3777
Fax: (03) 5852 3942

Waverley Emergency Adolescent Care
Post-Detoxification Rehabilitation Centre
Address: Suite 1, 1 Oxford Street OAKLEIGH 3166
Phone: (03) 9563 2275
Fax: (03) 9563 3180

Galiamble Men's Recovery Centre
Alcohol & Drug Recovery Centre
Address: 66 Grey Street ST KILDA 3182
Phone: (03) 9534 1602
Fax: (03) 9534 1119

 
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