The first step – establishing a residential rehabilitation service for Aboriginal people
Alcohol and drug residential rehabilitation services, given the right model and program, has the power to change lives. In 2015, in response to community demand, Footsteps – Road to Recovery was established in Port Augusta to service the north-west region of South Australia.
One of the very few Aboriginal focused residential rehabilitation services of its kind in Australia, Footsteps – Road to recovery continues to grow as a model that is flexible, innovative and inclusive of other alcohol and drug services in the region. How do you start a residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation service for Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people from diverse backgrounds and language groups? Learn about what it takes to start a rehab – the trials and tribulations of establishing a model of service that stretches almost 900,000 kms across South Australia and what we discovered in the process. Learn about a model of service that embraces a holistic approach catering to the needs of the individual. Coordinated case management, ongoing care and support across a range of services is critical to the long term success of a person in recovery. “Closing the Gap” relies on various levels of support – from family, the local community and service providers to make a difference for a person wanting to address their harmful alcohol and drug use.