Live-in alcohol and drug support on the way

Construction is well under way for a new 30 bed residential rehabilitation facility in Wangaratta to be operated by Gateway Health in partnership with Odyssey House, following a successful submission to the Victorian Government.

The facility will provide alcohol and drug rehabilitation services to people in the region and from around Victoria. It will complement the existing Circuit Breaker program that Odyssey House already operates near Benalla.

‘Residential rehabilitation’ is a treatment option for people who have already started their journey to recover. The centre will provide a ‘Therapeutic Community’ with structured live-in programs for residents.

In Wangaratta the service will provide 24-hour support by qualified staff in a live-in program that emphasises a balance between work, therapy and recreation. Each resident will have access to a variety of professional staff including some who have recovered from their own problems with addiction.

“This service will complement the range of other alcohol and drug rehabilitation services already being provided by Gateway Health across north-eastern Victoria,” Gateway Health CEO Leigh Rhode says.

“It’s a particularly important gap to fill, as in the past people in need of residential services have either missed out or had to travel far away to find it. This facility will help keep people in their communities and contribute to faster and better recoveries.”

The new Wangaratta centre, due to open in late 2021, is the result of the Victorian Government investing $52.1 million into regional alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation services across the State.

The funds are being used also to build two other new regional alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation facilities, in Corio and Traralgon.

Once complete, these facilities will provide alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation services to an additional 900 Victorians every year.

The Wangaratta facility will be at 2-64 Greta Road (old school site).

Plans for the new Wangaratta facility were finalised with the help of community information and feedback sessions conducted in Wangaratta during 2019 by the Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority.

You can check out the designs for all three new facilities in the video below.