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After an appointment with her Doctor, Molly* spent a week in a withdrawal facility, before walking through the doors of the new Odyssey House Day Program in Werribee for the first time. Molly acknowledges that she was terrified. She had never attended any form of counselling or rehabilitation before, and she didn’t know anyone that she was about to begin her deeply personal and challenging journey with. However, Molly found the courage to overcome her anxiety, motivated by her strong desire to turn her life around.
Together with nine other participants, Molly embarked on the five week program of intensive daily activities, which supports individuals and their families to address their problems with alcohol and other drug use. Although the program has a particular focus on ice (crystal methamphetamine), it accepts people with all types of drug problems. The program was a good fit for Molly. While her drug problems had become severe, Molly had a safe and stable place to live, and she was motivated enough to travel to the program each day.
Like other rehabilitation programs, Therapeutic Day Programs work by strengthening relationships, teaching new life skills, and assisting participants to address a range of underlying issues such as childhood abuse, family violence, mental health issues, and poor self-esteem. The highly structured program of activities, education, and group therapy gave Molly some critical new skills including mindfulness, which helped her to better manage her emotions without using drugs. It also introduced Molly to some positive community connections, and provided her with relapse prevention and harm reduction strategies.
“That’s all very well, but with that comes the guilt that you are letting someone down. In the program, people really understand you.”
After her initial shyness, Molly says she felt she could say anything at all and not feel judged. She says, “I think they need more programs like this where you don’t feel labelled. One of the good things was that we worked hard each day, but you were still able to go home and live in the real world at night and on the weekend” Even though Molly has support at home, she says “That’s all very well, but with that comes the guilt that you are letting someone down. In the program, people really understand you.”
Molly has gone through lots of ups and downs in her life since completing the Program, but she has ongoing support from Program staff that has helped her maintain all of the positive changes.
“Before the Program I thought I was doing fine, but now I start to think about it, I learned so much that still hits home. They have definitely given me strategies that help me, but it’s up to me now what I do with it.”
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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.
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Every 24 minutes an Australian dies through either legal or illegal drugs. That’s over 22,000 deaths every year.