Luke was aged 2 months by the time he came out of hospital. However, June and David were not allowed to formally adopt him until he was 2 years of age because of his health issues. Nevertheless, Luke was a gentle child who never got into any trouble. Over time, Luke’s health problems improved and he grew up as a very affable kid that everyone liked. The first signs of Luke’s problems began when the family moved house, and he was bullied at the local school. Later, in boarding school, Luke started smoking marijuana with some of the boys who lived locally. He struggled through his studies up to year 11, eventually leaving school to start work. Several years later and after the birth of his son, Luke appeared to settle down. It was then that June and David found out that Luke had a serious drug addiction.
With the support of his parents, Luke went through detox and came to live in the residential treatment program at Odyssey House Victoria. He went through 10 months of the program before he felt that he was strong enough to leave and stay drug free back in his community. June and David were relieved that he had seemingly managed to overcome his problems and thought that his treatment would be the ‘end of the matter’. However, when Luke relapsed just over 2 years later, June said that they were devastated. June admits that nothing could have prepared her for the shock.
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Odyssey House to open its doors to more Victorians in need
Over the past two years, the Victorian State Government has been working with the alcohol and other drug sector to change the way we work. These reforms aim to improve the accessibility, the consistency and the effectiveness of the treatment services we all deliver.
Last week, the Community Services Minister, Mary Wooldridge announced that Odyssey House Victoria had been successful in our bid to offer a greater number of community based services across Melbourne and country Victoria. We will be doing this in partnership with a range of other service providers, especially ReGen and members of the Stepping Up Consortium.
As a specialist provider of drug and alcohol treatment, with a long history and strong track record of high-quality and innovative services that respond to community needs, Odyssey House Victoria is excited about working in close partnership with ReGen and other local service providers to deliver better outcomes for Victorian in need and their families.
Together with our partners, we will be opening new services in September in the north and west metropolitan areas of Melbourne, in Barwon and the Frankston/Peninsula, in the south east parts of Melbourne, and in the Goulburn Valley.
While there will be some challenges in transitioning across to new providers and new models of care, we believe we have the expertise and experience to meet the aims of the Government Reforms. Further information and advice about the reforms for consumers can be found at www.vicaodsector.org.au or 1800 77 14 00.
A number of new roles for alcohol and other drug workers are available at www.odyssey.org.au/jobs
Artwork inspired by Chris Thorne. There are five pillars that are upheld by the residents and staff at Odyssey House Victoria.
This artwork represents counting these pillars on one hand. They are Respect, Concern, Honesty, Trust and Love.
We acknowledge the traditional land owners of Australia and we welcome all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to our service.
Parental drug or alcohol problems account for approximately 50% of all substantiated cases of child abuse or neglect in the child protection system in Australia. This represents only a small proportion of children with substance dependent parents.