Toora Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Service provides short-term and longer-term specialist AOD treatment and support in shared residential settings. All residential programs operate in a safe, friendly and welcoming home to assist our clients to begin or continue with their recovery plan.
Our programs aim to address issues underlying our clients’ drug use and equip them with the tools and positive life-skills they need to maintain abstinence before returning to the wider community.
Lesley’s Place is a short-stay 12-week program offering support to women at the beginning of their recovery who have completed a substance withdrawal. Marzenna House offers longer-term support to women who have established recovery for at least three months. The maximum stay with Marzenna House is 12 months.
All clients receive case management and are allocated their own AOD specialist case coordinator to develop goals and an individual treatment plan.
We offer a range of interventions and educational groups which are based on mutual self-help and peer support. Clients in the Marzenna House program may act as “Recovery Champions” who are further on in their recovery journey and are able to guide other clients.
The AOD Day Program is an evidence-based health treatment program for women to help them learn the skills they need to live a full and meaningful life free from alcohol and other drugs. It is an eight-week group program, running three days a week in Civic, ACT.
Clients are allocated their own case coordinator to develop their individual treatment plan and to make sure they receive full wrap-around support.
The AOD Day Program provides a safe, positive and respectful environment for our clients to build relationships with one another in order to learn from each other and explore personal issues that led to their misuse of alcohol and other drugs. It allows women to challenge destructive behaviours, to trust and build on their strengths, develop new skills, and make positive choices for the future.
External agencies also attend our AOD Day Program to deliver information and education sessions on specialist topics.
Toora’s AOD Counselling Service employs experienced, professionally trained counsellors who are registered with an approved Australian counselling body.
Toora’s counselling services provide specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) counselling to women who have experienced the impact of their own or another’s AOD use. AOD counselling may also involve addressing related traumas such as:
- domestic, family and sexual violence
- homelessness or needing support to stay out of the homelessness system
- mental health issues
- time in the ACT corrections system
Individual counselling sessions are offered in four, eight and 12-week packages at 50 minutes per session. The Counselling Service also offers group sessions currently known as the Healing from Trauma Group.
The AOD Service Outreach Program offers pre-and post-outreach supports for women engaging in our programs and gives them access to a selection of early and brief interventions and provides continuity of care to our clients.
Our team provides specialist AOD treatment supports in flexible settings (phone, face to face meetings or group work) dependent on each client’s need. Our team also visit facilities such as the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) and Canberra Hospital detox units.
Our post-treatment Outreach Program offers clients an additional eight weeks to continue their case management supports with their case worker after finishing one of our residential programs.
Residential Programs Audience:
Any woman 18 years or older, with or without children, who have experienced drug or alcohol dependencies and undergone withdrawal (Lesley’s Place) and undergone a period of abstinence for a minimum of three months (Marzenna House). Withdrawal can occur within a supervised inpatient setting or community-based setting. Community based withdrawal clients will be screened and need to provide a negative drug/alcohol result on entry. Women on pharmacotherapies and benzodiazepines are accepted into the program.
Day Program Audience:
Any woman, 18 years and over, living in stable accommodation seeking intensive support to maintain abstinence from alcohol and/or other drug use. Participants must commit to attending the AOD Day Program for the full eight weeks.
Women who have children under school age are offered support to access nearby childcare. Those with babies under the age of 12 months are able to bring them along to the program with approval of the AOD Day Program co-ordinator.
Counselling Service Audience:
Any woman who is over the age of 18 and is impacted by alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. Women who are already in another Toora AOD program will get priority.
Outreach Program Audience:
The AOD Service Outreach Program offers pre-and post-outreach supports for women over 18, engaging in our AOD programs and gives them access to a selection of early and brief interventions and provides continuity of care to our clients.
Residential Services, Confidential Address’s, Canberra, ACT
Counselling Sessions are held in Civic, ACT, in a safe, supportive and welcoming setting.
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association (ATODA) / Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) / Canberra Inpatient Withdrawal Unit / Canberra Recovery Service / Catholic Care / Directions / Everyman Australia / Karralika / Ted Noffs / Toora Domestic Violence and Homelessness Services (TDVHS).
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