Galiamble Men’s Alcohol and Drug Recovery Centre is a 24 hour residential alcohol and rehabilitation centre for men located in St Kilda. It offers a 15 sixteen week highly structured residential program in a calm and supportive environment, giving an opportunity for clients to live a life free of substances.
Admission to the centre is on a voluntary basis and court referrals are also taken. The facility can take up to 16 clients at a time and accepts men over 18 years of age. It offers clients a relaxed home like atmosphere for recovery. The length of stay varies for each client; however, clients are encouraged to stay a minimum of 15 weeks. This is to allow them time to fully understand their alcohol or substance abuse problem and develop the skills and strategies needed to remain drug and alcohol free once they leave the centre.
All our recovery programs are based on the twelve step total abstinence model and embrace a holistic treatment approach which recognises the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Aboriginal people. Trained staff facilitate programs consisting of:
Clients are required to participate in a range of culturally relevant self help and self development programs and activities each day. Clients have access to a clinical psychologist and trained counsellors provide counselling to clients. External facilitators also run a variety of programs and activities for clients.
Galiamble staff encourages family members, friends and partners to keep in contact with clients while they are recovering in the centre. Clients are also assisted to reconnect with their families. Clients also utilise other services provided by Ngwala, particularly outreach and support services once they leave the centre. Assistance is also provided to clients to apply for accommodation through the Department of Human Services. Clients are also referred to other Koori and mainstream agencies as the need arises.
During their stay, clients also undergo medical and dental check-ups. Prior to the end of the program, a comprehensive exit plan is tailored to meet the individual client’s needs, reconnecting them into the community with supports in place designed to enable them to remain clean and sober upon completion of the program.
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