The New Zealand based Odyssey House Christchurch offers a substance abuse programs specifically designed for adolescents and adults. The youth program is geared towards clients who are between the ages of 14 and 18, and treatment takes place in a therapeutic residential setting. Programming utilizes evidence-based approaches, in addition to 12-step support and SMART Recovery options. Clients can expect an individualized treatment plan, continued educational opportunities and a number of valuable life skills training classes.
Accommodations and Food
Clients live in a home-like atmosphere, and sleep in private, fully furnished bedrooms that they are completely responsible for keeping tidy. There are several shared areas throughout the facility, like a lounge, the kitchen and dining room. All linens and some toiletries are provided, and the clients wash their own clothes and sheets every week using the on-site washer and dryers.
All meals are prepared on site by staff and a revolving list of residents helping to cook and serve. Breakfast is self-serve and clients have their choice of several items daily. Lunches and dinners are prepared from a set menu, and during house meetings clients are permitted to make meal suggestions. All allergies are also considered, and snacks are served at designated times during the day.
Treatment and Staff
The residential youth track is designed for those who have a chemical dependency and have dealt with an unstable home life, have struggled with school or have behavioral issues. There is a zero tolerance policy within the community, and clients have to submit to weekly drug screens known as “give up days.”
The initial stage, following the intake, is for clients to be given a treatment and goal plan, and be assigned a buddy, who is a senior resident, to show them the ropes. The youth program is broken down into steps. The first is the assessment stage, which usually lasts four to six weeks and helps acclimate clients to the daily schedule while they’re being evaluated regularly. Level one of the program is where clients begin to tackle their program goals and by stage three, they have hopefully made significant treatment achievements and are working towards their graduation.
The program consists of educational groups, individual and group counseling, focus groups, life skills and vocational training, and medication management if needed. Additionally, clients attend school regularly and keep up with their grade studies.
Treatment includes CBT, family systems therapy, behavior modification and smoking cessation if necessary.
Odyssey House has over 140 staff members, including support and clinical staff. There are addiction therapists, nurses, LCSWs and teachers who provide treatment within the youth program.
There are several social outings that include trips to the pool at the local park, shopping excursions and library visits. Family therapy is included in treatment along with a monthly family program.
The inpatient youth program at Odyssey House Christchurch is focused on setting up young men and women for success in the future. With the educational emphasis and consistent therapy, treatment is thorough and caring. Odyssey House continues to be an invaluable resource to the Christchurch recovery community at large.
Odyssey House Christchurch Youth Residential Location
98-100 Greers Rd
Odyssey House Christchurch Youth Residential Cost
Treatment is covered by the Ministry of Health. Reach Odyssey House Christchurch Youth Residential by phone at 03 741 3060. Find Odyssey House Christchurch Youth Residential on Facebook
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