MILITARY SERVICE ALCOHOL DAY TREATMENT PROGRAM
Substance abuse disorders are increasingly common among veterans, and defence personnel. These disorders have a profound effect on the health and quality of life of both the individual and their family.
HOW CAN THE PROGRAM HELP?
Toowong Private Hospital’s Military Service Alcohol Day Treatment Program educates the person about their alcohol use and the problems that arise because of this in order to facilitate recovery. The key issues targeted include:
- alcohol abuse/dependence
- physical health,
- depression and anxiety
- relationship difficulties
- anger management
- assertion skills, and
- relapse prevention.
The program also provides information and support to partners by inviting them
to join the program briefly to cover specific topics including:
- alcohol education
- relationship education.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The primary treatment consists of group and one-to-one sessions. Participants are required to attend the program Monday to Thursday for weeks one and two and then one day sessions in week four, six, and eight. Attendance is during the day and patients return to their home or approved accommodation at the conclusion of each day's session.
Partners are invited to attend one day of the primary treatment program.
Prior to the commencement of the program, the patient may require admission to the Hospital’s inpatient unit if detoxification is required. This will be determined with the psychiatrist at assessment.
Following completion of the primary treatment sessions, a subsequent session is provided at six months to reinforce the skills and strategies learnt, to enhance recovery and prevent relapse.
ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM
A comprehensive assessment is performed by a psychiatrist, and psychologist to identify individual needs and determine the person’s suitability to enter Toowong Private Hospital’s Military Service Alcohol Day Treatment Program.
Ex-servicemen and current serving personnel, who hold a DVA gold card, or have written approval from the Department of Defence, may participate in the program. Those who hold a DVA white card may also be eligible; however, approval is first sought from DVA.