Odyssey House Christchurch in New Zealand provides substance abuse treatment in both a residential and outpatient settings. The adult outpatient options include a variety of groups, individual therapy and specialty services including programs through the Christchurch men’s correctional facility. Treatment uses evidence-based modalities as well as peer support meetings such as 12-step and SMART Recovery. The goal of treatment through Odyssey House Christchurch is to establish a pattern of healthy behaviors and adapt to new life in recovery.
Treatment and Staff
In order to receive treatment through this facility, whether it’s in the residential or outpatient track, an assessment and referral is required. The assessment process can take place at the facility and is followed up by placement in a number of programs. One is the individual intervention counseling that consists of six, one on one sessions on a flexible schedule in the evenings. This offers relapse prevention and harm reduction model methods, with an emphasis on methamphetamines.
The drug treatment program is a six month, prison based track that incorporates recreational activities, counseling and education into treatment. This is geared towards men who are nearing their release dates and are in need of developing a support system and aftercare plan for when they return home. This track includes up to a year of aftercare support upon graduation, whether the client is still incarcerated or not.
Hapori Ora is a community based program that works with the Christchurch Mission. This is a longer term track, with 32 sessions, and is considered an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). There are several group, individual and weekend groups, peer and family support, and treatment that promotes cultural awareness. Clients address mood disorders, anger management, communication skills, building healthy relationships, health and wellness practices, attend SMART Recovery meetings and have outdoor adventure therapy.
There are also several stand alone groups that meet throughout the week. These groups can be gender-specific, like the Women and Wellbeing group that focuses on women who are struggling with mild to moderate substance abuse within a supportive community. This groups uses relaxation exercises, coping skills and works on self esteem goals. Additional weekly groups include the 24/7 group that uses alternative approaches to the 12 steps to address harmful thoughts and patterns, and the Friday group, which is a lunch time meeting that balances social and positive interactions with education about substance abuse.
While a good number of these groups use peer support in addition to clinical professionals, Odyssey House has over 140 employees who are dedicated to helping their community find recovery. Staff includes nurses, alcohol and other drug counselors (AOD) and social workers.
There is also a program for clients who were arrested for driving under the influence. This track is usually for those who have more than one offense and are recommended by the court.
The outpatient programming through Odyssey House is culturally sensitive, takes gender preference into account and offers a wide variety of options. Odyssey House is an all inclusive, caring community of folks who address common concerns when it comes to the use of drugs and alcohol, and offers alternative approaches for treatment. This organization is an excellent resource for the recovery community in Christchurch.
Odyssey House Christchurch
98-100 Greers Road
Odyssey House Christchurch Outpatient Cost: Free for many clients who are referred, and covered by the Ministry of Health. Reach Odyssey House Christchurch by phone at (03) 358-2690. Find Odyssey House Christchurch on Facebook
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