Located on the southeast coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the city of Dunedin, Ashburn Clinic is a non-profit treatment facility that specializes in the care of clients struggling with substance use disorders, eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues like trauma, depression and anxiety. Founded in 1882 as a secondary option to state hospital, Ashburn Clinic is New Zealand’s oldest private psychiatric hospital. It offers detox, residential and outpatient treatment services. Ashburn employs a client-centered approach that treats the “whole person” as well as the family, rather than only treating symptoms.The treatment team utilizes medication management and the 12-step recovery model.
Situated in the outskirts of Dunedin along the Otago Harbour, Ashburn Clinic provides a serene environment replete with recreational opportunities like hiking trails and cycling. Most residents begin treatment in the Pinel and Frank Hay units, where each client enjoys their own private bedroom and access to the kitchen and outdoor recreation. The Pinel and Frank Hay units are well-light, spacious and comfortable. Residents enjoy multiple common rooms, a large book selection and a piano. There are also several group therapy rooms equipped with couches.
Residents here receive around-the-clock care from the nursing team, psychiatrists and therapists. After some time spent at Pinel and Frank Hay, many residents transfer to the Alexander House, a quaint cottage that offers private bedrooms, a strong peer community and support from staff. At this level, clients manage their own medication. Both houses are smoke free. All residents enjoy access to the beautiful wooded grounds that boasts scenic views, native artworks and a lovely gazebo.
Treatment and Staff
To begin treatment at Ashburn, clients must be at least 17 years old and be referred by a physician. Many clients transition straight into the detox program. From there, residents undergo a two-week comprehensive assessment process with a team psychiatrist and a physician to help determine the most effective treatment solution tailored to the individual. In addition to substance use and medical history, the evaluation also includes a review of medications. While the addiction program lasts a fixed 10 weeks, the length of stay largely varies depending on the unique health needs and goals of the individual.
Ashburn offers a multi-faceted approach to care that incorporates medication management and psychiatric services in a holistic framework that includes experiential therapy, psychoeducation, individual and group therapy and nutrition therapy. Residents engage in psychotherapy groups, focus groups on anger and anxiety management, sports and recreation as well as art and music therapy. In addition, Ashburn provides weekly forum meetings for the community and weekend activities.
The multi-disciplinary team at Ashburn Clinic is comprised of therapists, psychiatrists, a nursing team, occupational therapists, addiction specialists, physicians, counselors and a dietitian.
Ashburn Clinic also offers reasonably priced accommodations for visitors.
The oldest private psychiatric hospital in New Zealand, Ashburn Clinic provides comprehensive detox, residential and outpatient programming for male and female clients over the age of 17. The facility offers individualized plans for residents struggling with an array of issues including substance use and eating disorders as well as co-occurring mental trauma, depression and anxiety. For clients seeking a dedicated team, strong peer community and a group-focused treatment model, Ashburn Clinic is a great option.
496 Taieri Road
Ashburn Clinic Cost: $24,000 NZD [$16,603 USD, per publishing day exchange rate] (10 weeks); Public Health System through Ministry of Health or ACC. Reach Ashburn Clinic by phone at 03 476 2092 or by email.
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