The Circuit Breaker program provides a six-week, live-in rehabilitation program in north-east Victoria for people affected by alcohol and other drug addiction, and associated mental health issues. The program accommodates 15 adults and aims to help people end the chaos associated with a substance dependant lifestyle.

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About the program

All participants are encouraged to confront the underlying issues that led to their addiction. This occurs in a safe and supportive environment where Odyssey House’s values of trust, concern, respect, honesty and love are promoted.

The program provides a balance between work, therapy and recreation. Each resident has access to a variety of professional staff including some who have recovered from their own problems with addiction. An individual treatment plan is developed for each resident.

All residents participate in community decision-making. They are also expected to contribute to the functioning of the community by cooking, cleaning and working on property development and maintenance. A variety of group based activities help individuals learn new or better coping skills, build self esteem and take responsibility for their circumstances.

Residential Rehabilitation services at Benalla are now smoke-free. All residents are provided with the option of Nicotine Replacement Therapies or Champix as alternatives to tobacco or smoking, and to help support their withdrawal.

Family members are able to have regular contact and visits with program participants. The Odyssey House Circuit Breaker program is located at 1619 Kilfeera Road, Molyullah (near Benalla).

Fire Pit at Circuit Breaker
Exterior of Circuit Breaker
Exterior photo of Circuit Breaker
Exterior photo of Circuit Breaker
Edible Garden at Circuit Breaker
Chickens at Circuit Breaker
Pool at Circuit Breaker

“By the time I got to Odyssey I’d been everywhere else – jail, psych institutions, lost track of how many de-toxes I went through… Nothing else worked. But something worked for me at Odyssey. I didn’t get it the first time but I got another chance and something just really clicked. It’s not easy but it was worth the effort. I learnt so much about myself and I also had a lot of fun even though I was working hard…” -Matt


Odyssey House Victoria’s rural residential rehabilitation program near Benalla is called Circuit Breaker. To access the Circuit Breaker program phone 03 5766 6399 to arrange a time for an over-the-phone assessment.


The Circuit Breaker program is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Health. Residents are expected to make a contribution toward program costs through their Centrelink benefits or any other source of income (if available). The contribution is $170.10 per week, plus up to $72 per week for any specific personal items.

Contact Circuit Breaker

Generel enquiries: (03) 5766 6399
Intake & Assessments: (03) 5766 6399
Fax: (03) 5766 6115

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