Odyssey House Christchurch is based in Christchurch, New Zealand and provides a series of services, including a full time outpatient treatment program for adolescents ages 13 to 19. The youth treatment is for young men and women who have a steady living situation that is conducive to a sober lifestyle. The abstinence based program offers structured, individualized substance abuse treatment, educational plans, life skills training and case management services within an inclusive, gender-neutral environment.
Treatment and Staff
The youth program, and all of the programming available through Odyssey House, is provided once a referral is received and the client is deemed an appropriate fit for the facility. The youth program in particular relies on the participation of family members and loved ones to ensure success of their clients. Once a client arrives at the facility he or she is immediately assigned a treatment “buddy” whose job it is to show them around and tell them about what the program involves.
The beginning of treatment for every incoming client is known as the “assessment” phase, which typically lasts between four and six weeks, and is when a counselor is appointed, an education and treatment plan is implemented, and family members get educated too.
The day program begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm five days a week. The first part of the day is a morning meeting where clients check in with their peers and staff, and have an explanation of what the day has in store. Then, from 9:30 am until noon or so, they attend their grade appropriate school classes that are led by established and accredited teaching staff. Following lunch there are a few group counseling sessions. These groups address establishing healthy boundaries, relapse prevention and personal growth. All clients receive a psychiatric and medical once-over at the beginning of treatment, and may see a psychiatrist for medication management services if needed. Additionally, clients participate in recreational activities, and have case management options to assist with legal needs and more.
All in all, the day program is designed to last about 15 weeks, and from there they may enter into separate programming that Odyssey may offer. This can include the ASAP group, which is a motivation, support and educational group that meets in 10 week cycles. There is also the co-occurring disorder program, or YAMAHA, which stands for Youth Addictions and Mental Health Alliance, that works to facilitate mental health services in conjunction with addiction treatment for young adults.
There is a large staff affiliated with Odyssey, with over 140 throughout all of the programs. The team is comprised of nursing staff, addiction therapists, LCSWs, peer support and psychiatrists.
The day program supplies lunch every day.
The youth outpatient program through Odyssey House Christchurch aims to provide the essential treatment needed for young people who are struggling with mental health concerns along with addictions. This is a unique and helpful resource for so many adolescents who need a supportive community while figuring out how to manage their emotions and substance abuse issues. Within a safety net of caring individuals, young men and women are able to set a solid foundation for recovery.
Odyssey House Christchurch
98-100 Greers Rd
Burnside, Christchurch 8053
Odyssey House Christchurch Youth Day Program Cost: State supported by the ministry of health. Reach Odyssey House Christchurch by phone at (03) 3582690. Find Odyssey House Christchurch on Facebook
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