Australian Drug Rehabilitation Methods

What comes to mind when you think of rehabilitation for drugs or alcohol? Most people probably picture a facility where people spend days or weeks in treatment.

But there are actually loads of rehab methods, ranging from community groups to those residential centres you know from TV and movies (and celebrity recoveries).

What is rehab?

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is an allied health service helping around 200,000 Australians every year recover from chronic substance abuse problems, manage their addiction, and reintegrate into society.

Programs vary from state to state, and based on the severity of a person’s addiction. One thing is consistent though: AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) counselling is a vital part of the Health and Community Services industry nationwide.

What are the types of rehabilitation?

Australian Drug Rehabilitation Methods

Residential rehabilitation

Residential programs allow people to stay in a special clinic for weeks, even months if necessary. It’s the most intensive type of rehab because it requires commitment and (sometimes) a lot of money.

Day rehabilitation

The person still lives at home, or in a half-way house after residential rehab. They attend regular sessions led by an allied health professional. That’s usually an AOD counsellor or mental health peer support worker depending on the program.

Group therapy

Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, Moderation Management and Narcotics Anonymous can help people find a community to support them through a recovery program.

Outpatient rehabilitation

Group therapy is a common outpatient treatment, but not the only one. Often a person in recovery will work with a community services case manager to find housing, employment, and access allied health services like mental health support.

Online counselling

More and more telehealth (online and phone) counselling services are popping up every year. They provide 24/7 access to family counselling, AOD counselling and mental health support – especially for low severity cases.

Public or private?

Like many allied health services, rehabilitation can be run through the public health system or privatised. Rehab programs are usually financed by one or a combination of:

  • Federal Government funding
  • State Government funding/grants
  • Private counselling companies
  • Not-for-profit or charity organisations

Those luxe rehab clinics celebrities check into can cost thousands of dollars a week or more. There are also public residential rehabilitation centres though space can be limited due to funding.

When it comes to outpatient programs, day therapy and online services, most are at least partly subsidised by Government spending in the Health and Community Services sector.

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