Phone: (Directions head office in the ACT)
02 6132 4800 Fax: 02 6132 4801
Directions’ client focused and evidence based programs are delivered in accordance with harm minimisation principles. We offer a range of health interventions designed to reduce or limit harms and improve personal and community health. Our services span education and early intervention through to intensive case management and residential services.
Treatment & Support Service (ACT): provides free confidential and non-judgemental services for individuals, family members and friends affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. Services available include: individual counselling and support for people who would like to explore their treatment options, are seeking to be either substance free or reduce their substance use, or are considering making changes to their lives; family counselling and support to help family members and other people impacted by someone else’s substance use; therapeutic and support groups including SMART recovery, ADAPT, Mindful Self-Compassion, Compass Support Group and more; and walk-in and phone support is available for clients requiring crisis support or assistance with other urgent matters. We recognise the different stages of recovery, the individual goals people may have regarding their substance use and the impacts of substance use on family and friends.
Althea Wellness Centre (ACT): offers primary and secondary health care as part of its ongoing commitment to better health outcomes for clients and their families. The Althea Clinical Team is comprised of GPs, Practice Nurses, a Psychologist and a non-dispensing Pharmacist. Services provided include, but are not limited to, general health care, immunisations, opioid replacement therapy, wound management and dressings, medication reviews, psychological services, blood borne virus screening and treatment as well as Hepatitis C treatment. Outreach services are provided to a number of locations in the ACT by Althea’s GPs and nurses as well as our TSS counsellors. Our team is committed to treating clients with dignity and respect.
Arcadia House (ACT): is a short term Therapeutic Community based in the ACT. It offers a 12 week residential program, comprised of 3 stages each lasting approximately 4 weeks, with stage 3 being completed as a Day attendance for those with safe stable accommodation within the ACT. Arcadia House also offers a full 12 week day program, fully integrated with the residential Therapeutic Community. It also offers a 1-2 week non-medicated withdrawal program, which runs concurrently with other programs.
Needle and Syringe Program (ACT): is a public health measure, consistent with ACT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Strategy and the National Drug Strategy’s harm minimisation framework, to reduce the spread of infections such as HIV and Hepatitis C among people who inject drugs. The service provides an extended range of injecting equipment and other support services to people who inject drugs. This includes information and education on issues relating to safe injecting practices and health, and referrals to a range of health and social services, including drug treatment services. Crisis counselling is available at the Civic NSP and free frozen take away meals are also available at both Civic and Phillip NSPs through the Directions Healthy Food Healthy Me program. Through the Needle and Syringe Program, there are also over 40 secondary NSPs, pharmacies and vending machines which provide a more limited range of injecting equipment.
Pathways Programs (NSW): a range of ATOD programs based on a harm minimisation approach have been established in regional NSW, including Goulburn, Murrumbidgee, Monaro, Eurobodalla and Bega Valley regions. The Pathways Programs offer a stepped model of care from early intervention to intensive support for people from a variety of population groups, including young people and adults impacted by methamphetamine use (delivered in partnership with Ted Noffs in the Goulburn region), pre and post rehabilitation support for people who are awaiting or have recently completed withdrawal or residential or day rehabilitation programs, outreach services to remote communities in each region and a specialised program for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to which addresses alcohol and drug issues and improves work and study opportunities in the Murrumbidgee region.
Counselling and case management, family support, crisis support and therapeutic and support groups are offered in all regions with a therapeutic approach which is person centred, holistic and strengths based.
For more information about Directions visit www.directionshealth.com
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