People who are dealing with drug and/or alcohol problems and mental health issues have new hope with Westside Lodge, a dual diagnosis residential rehabilitation facility now open at our Sunshine Hospital site.
The new 20-bed residential facility is about helping these patients prepare for a successful future in the community, by gaining new skills and making positive changes on their pathway to recovery.
Westside Lodge provides individually tailored three-month treatment programs. The programs are voluntary and best suited to people who are motivated to work towards their recovery.
Our Drug Health Services Director, Ruben Ruolle said: “We know that with the right treatment and individual support, many people who are dealing with a dual diagnosis can go on to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
“Our tailored, individualised care plans include group therapy and one-on-one treatment within a structured and therapeutic environment, and are aimed at achieving better outcomes for our patients.”
Patient care plans are supported by a treatment team made up of addiction medicine consultants, registrars, nurses, social workers, dual diagnosis clinicians and a psychologist. As well as clinical support, individual care plans may include support for preparing for job interviews and seeking employment.
Mr Ruolle also said that the program will help respond to a gap in services: “Long-term rehabilitation is often out of reach for clients dealing with chronic drug and alcohol and mental health issues.”
Patients are supported by our highly skilled multidisciplinary Drug Health Services team, with clinical support from North Western Mental Health.
For more information, including who this service is suitable for and how to arrange an assessment, see Dual diagnosis drug and mental health unit: Westside Lodge