I spent 12 months at Windana's TC in Maryknoll (the detox/HQ are in St Kilda) and it was probably the best year of my life. Correct me if I'm wrong but Windana is the only TC that allows one to 'bust' (use) when on leave without facing instant discharge. This is to give clients a real chance if they succumb to use on leave (which most do) and then to address why.
When you're being living in a bubble micro-world the last thing you need when you bust is to be instantly homeless and alone. They also allow those that have been in the program for around 3 months and completed a responsible drinking course (and have no prior alcohol issues) to drink whilst on leave.
Windana recognises that alcohol is legal (and everywhere) and it is better to find out if your going to swap the bitch for the witch (substitute one's addiction) whilst in the safety of a program rather then when your out on your own. I met a girl who came all the way from the States to go to Windana. It has a very holistic, realistic program (and is not affiliated with NA or any steps).
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