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).
Australia Windana Society
- 5/5, 5 from 2 reviews
holistic, client-focused recovery services programs
Very highly recommended.
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 22, 2017
I spent a total of 10 months at this therapeutic community and would say it was one of the best things she has ever done. A great program. One must be totally drug free before admission (no methadone or suboxone) but they also have a detox facility elsewhere to go to beforehand.
Very highly recommended. Your stay is funded through sickness benefits of which you get a small allowance for personal items including smokes.One member found this helpful.
drug and alcohol treatment centre specialising in holistic, client-focused recovery services programs. Clients choose from residential and a range of supportive community-based recovery and rehabilitation programs. We help people rebuild their lives in a safe, caring environments and support our clients wherever they are in the recovery process.
Founded in 1984, Windana offers medically supported withdrawal programs in addition to its pioneering evidence-based, non-medical treatment programs. For Windana, effective recovery is about offering choices for people to take their lives in new, positive directions.
We believe that change and growth are possible in all individuals as long as they so choose.
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We envisage a society which enables individuals and families to recover from harmful alcohol and drug use and to build positive lives in mutually supportive and accepting communities.
Peter Bucci, the founding CEO of Windana, began his involvement with the Drug and Alcohol sector in 1978 as a member of the Taskforce team.
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