Alcohol & Other Drugs

Supporting people to recover from problematic alcohol and/or substance use.

Services

Geelong Withdrawal Unit (GWU):  15 bed community based residential drug and alcohol withdrawal unit offering a 3 stage recovery program.  

  • Stage one of the program is an average 6 night residential stay for adults seeking to withdraw from alcohol and or other drugs in a safe and supportive environment.  
  • Stage two of the program consists of (up to) a further 21 night residential stay to enable people to stabilise, commence planning and initiate action towards a return to their post-GWU community.  This stage is designed to model a healthy recovery lifestyle, incorporating therapeutic AOD elements with a combination of living skills and health focused practices.
  • Stage three offers a further stay of up to12 weeks in a residential house off-site, located close to the Unit.  This state-wide service is staffed 24 hours/day and provides a range of therapeutic interventions and recreational activities as well as medical care.  

The GWU, being a medically assisted community-based withdrawal unit, is fortunate to have a visiting medical officer (Nurse Practitioner) who attends the unit twice weekly and provides 24 hour on-call support for our nursing staff.

Post Withdrawal Linkages Support:  provides advocacy, support, outreach and referrals to appropriate services and supports for individuals during and following their withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.  The program offers facilitated groups to people in the community, as well as support to individuals and their families.

SalvoConnect AOD Aftercare Program:  provides advocacy, support, outreach and referrals to appropriate services and supports for individuals during and following their withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.  The program offers facilitated groups to people in the community, as well as support to individuals and their families.  

Community Offender Advice and Treatment Service (C.O.A.T.S.):  provides consultation, counselling and continuing care to individuals referred by the Justice system.  All referrals must come through C.O.A.T.S 

Community Rehabilitation Program:  provides a range of groups and activities in the community.  The following groups and activities are offered:

  • Family support group 
  • Relapse prevention 
  • Ready4ACTion 
  • Making Changes 

 Living Learning Lifestyles:  a new 10 week group has been introduced since Feb. 2012, under our Community Rehabilitation banner, to offer people living in the community who are committed to a process of AOD Recovery, an opportunity to consider and track a range of life domains and change strategies.  Participants have 1:1 Support and utilise the paper-based Outcome Star tool to monitor and engage in the change process and progress.  A pilot program participant consultation was held in May 2013, and some valued feedback led to implementation of some changes including a greater focus upon action planning and review.

The program brings a direct connection with a range of other community service providers, who kindly come in weekly and offer a presentation on a relative topic including Cloverdale, Bethany, Workskill, Karingal, Watersedge counseling, Barwon Health Drug and Alcohol Service, SalvoConnect Mental Health Service, Geelong Men’s Shed, Karingal, NA & AA, CREDIT Bail Support Program and financial management services. Such opportunities offer critical information to participants about other programs that may address a need.

Chaplaincy: The SCAODS Chaplain provides support to clients throughout their admission at the GWU, families and staff members. We are very fortunate to have skilled, qualified and enthusiastic chaplains to complement the existing program and staffing team.

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