Good Hope Story

Good Hope Story

This is very likely one of the hardest stories I have ever given. I will take you back to the age of thirteen. This is where my addiction started even though it More »

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

WHOS Sunshine Coast Client reflection

I was born in Gladstone Qld on the 23/10/1979.  My mother and father separated when I was one year of age. Mum found a new boyfriend who was her partner til I More »

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

WHOS New Beginnings Client Story

My life before I got to New Beginnings was very depressing. I was out of control in so many ways. I had recently moved back from Mt Isa and was in a More »

WHOS MTAR Client Story

WHOS MTAR Client Story

Prior to coming to WHOS MTAR my life was unmanageable to the extent where even going to the chemist to pick up my methadone was a struggle. I was stuck in a More »

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

WHOS Gunyah Client Story

I was surrounded by drugs from an early age. My father was addicted to drugs and there wasn’t many times I did not see him with a beer in hand or some More »

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

RTOD Client Male 35 years old – 110 mg Methadone

Before I thought about coming to WHOS RTOD I had done about 12 detox programs and thought every time I could stay clean myself. It took a long time to realize this More »

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

WHOS RTOD Client Female 35 years old – 130 mg Methadone

Life before WHOS RTOD was absolute hell for me. I have one sister who is alive and 2 brothers deceased. My father passed away last year and my mum is dying from More »

Hunter resident reflections

Hunter resident reflections

What it was like. At the age of 11 it was just natural to me that everyone used drugs, I thought nothing of it. I listened to everyone glorifying it so I More »

Sophie

Sophie

Hi, my name is Sophie and I am an alcoholic. I will be eternally grateful to the Therapeutic Community at Cyrenian House, my counsellor, my very wise sponsor,  my Higher Power, my More »

 

Directions Health Services


 

                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Phone: (Directions head office in the ACT)
02 6132 4800 Fax: 02 6132 4801
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.directionshealth.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/directionsaod
Twitter: www.twitter.com/directionsaod

Directions Health Services is a not for profit organisation established in 1973 which provides a range of services to individuals, families, carers and friends impacted by alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) use in the ACT and NSW.
Client focused and evidence based programs are delivered in accordance with harm minimisation principles. We offer a range of health interventions designed to reduce or limit harms and improve personal and community health. Directions achieve this through the provision of information, awareness sessions, counselling, case management, specific psychological therapies, support groups, referral, harm reduction activities, primary health care, withdrawal and rehabilitation services.

Treatment & Support Service (ACT): Provides free community based counselling and case management services for individuals, their families, carers and friends affected by ATOD issues. Support and counselling is also provided to people who are waiting for admission or have recently completed a withdrawal or rehabilitation program and are looking for strategies to prevent relapse, set goals, and manage ongoing mental health issues. Family support and counselling is available for people experiencing issues associated with a family member’s or friend’s ATOD use. This may include information on how to support the person concerned, safety planning, de-escalation strategies, and self-care. A walk-in service is available for people who are in crisis or would like an urgent assessment or have more immediate needs. A range of self-help and therapeutic support groups are also available. Outreach is provided to headspace, community health, housing estates and Alexander Maconochie Centre.

Althea Wellness Centre (ACT): Provides multidisciplinary and person centred primary care for individuals and their families who experience issues with ATOD. Access to nursing, medical and psychological services are available. Screening and treatment for Hepatitis C and other blood borne viruses, vaccinations, sexual health services, treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, pre and post natal care, referral to the dental program and other medical specialities are provided. Psychological testing and a range of psychological therapies are also available.

Arcadia House (ACT): Offers non-medicated 1 – 2 week withdrawal program, selective 12 week day program and 12 week residential rehabilitation program, consisting of 8 weeks residential followed by 4 weeks day program. Arcadia House skills based programs are based on Therapeutic Community Principles.

Needle and Syringe Program (ACT): is a public health measure, consistent with ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy and the National Drug Strategy’s harm minimisation framework, to reduce the spread of infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. The program provides a range of services that includes provision of a comprehensive range of clean injecting equipment, education on harm minimisation practices, health information, free nutritious food and nurse led health assessments. Free equipment is available from primary outlets located in Civic and Phillip and community health centres and can be purchased from participating pharmacies.

Pathways Programs (NSW): a range of ATOD programs have been established, or are in the process of being established in regional NSW, including in Goulburn, Murrumbidgee, Eurobodalla and Monaro regions. Services are primarily case management and early intervention services for people from a variety of population groups, including young people and adults impacted by methamphetamine use (delivered in partnership with Ted Noffs) in Murrumbidgee and Goulburn regions; pre and post support for people accessing residential and day rehabilitation, outreach services to headspace Griffith, and integrated services for young Aboriginal people seeking employment or education pursuits in the Murrumbidgee; and general ATOD case management services for individuals and families in the Eurobodalla and Monaro regions.

For more information about Directions visit www.directionshealth.com