Yitjawudik is a Yorta Yorta word meaning “To Cure” and is a 24 hour Residential Rehabilitation Centre for Aboriginal men over the age of 18 years who suffer from alcohol and/or drug dependency problems.
Yitjawudik provides a statewide catchment and is located in Central Victoria (Mooroopna) on a 68 acre property. The centre can accommodate up to 8 clients at a time. Admission to the Centre is on a voluntary basis and forensic referrals are also accepted.
All referrals are screened and assessed by the Ngwala Willumbong Aboriginal Corporation Clinical Services Unit and are required to complete a seven day placement in an Adult Residential Withdrawal Service (detox) or supply two clear supervised urine screen results, prior to admission.
All of our Residential Rehabilitation Centres embrace a combination of culturally relevant holistic AOD treatment approaches complimented with elements of the AA/NA Twelve step abstinence model which recognise the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Aboriginal people.
The 16 week recovery program includes individual and group activities including:
On commencement in the service, all clients will have an Individual Treatment Plan as part of Case Management approach which may also include referral to specialist services such as grief loss, mental health, sexual abuse etc
Yitjawudik offers clients a relaxed homelike atmosphere for their recovery and staff encourage family members, friends and partners to keep in contact with clients while they are in the centre.
Clients are required to participate in a range of culturally relevant treatment and self-development programs and activities each day. 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 understand their alcohol or substance abuse problem and to develop the skills and strategies needed to remain drug and alcohol free once they leave.
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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