Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre for Koori Women
Winja Ulupna is the Yorta Yorta word for ‘Women’s Haven’ and is a 24 hour Residential Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre for Koori women who suffer from alcoholism or a drug dependency problem. Admission to the centre is on a voluntary basis and court referrals are also taken.
The facility can take up to 8 clients at a time and accepts women over 18 years of age. It offers clients a relaxed home like atmosphere for their recovery. The length of stay varies for each client; however, clients are encouraged to stay a minimum of 3 months. This is to allow them time to fully understand their alcohol or substance abuse problem and develop the skills and strategies needed to stay clean once they leave the centre.
Self-help and Self-development Programs
Clients are required to participate in a range of culturally relevant self-help and self-development programs and activities each day. Professional tutors and qualified Counsellors run the following programs and activities for clients:
WinjaUlupna does not have the facilities to cater for children. However, staff encourage familymembers, friends and partners to keep in contact with clients while they are recovering in thecentre. Our staff recognise that most people do not know about or are unfamiliar with alcohol orsubstance abuse.
As part of the recovery program we try to educate family members, friendsand partners about the trauma our clients are going through with their addiction so they canunderstand and help the client when they leave the centre. Clients also utilise other servicesprovided by Ngwala, particularly Outreach and support services. Assistance is also provided toclients to apply for, and obtain, accommodation from the Ministry of Housing to ensure thatclients have somewhere to live once they leave the centre. Clients are referred to other Kooriand mainstream agencies as the need arises.
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