Odyssey House Trust Christchurch
Greers Road site is a smoke free premises
If you would like support to quit smoking please ask your worker about the support available

To make a referral please contact us on: adult@odysseychch.org.nz

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Mission Statement

To reduce the harm to the Individual, family & Society by reducing the long term effects of addiction.

Programme Philosophy

From its very beginning, Odyssey House has developed psychiatrically oriented, drug-free residential programmes whose methodology derives from the therapeutic community concept of mutual self help.

The Therapeutic Community (TC) is composed of diverse individuals who choose to belong.· Its primary goal is to foster change.· The vehicle is a social learning process imposed mutually by a community of individuals committed to recovery.· The "community", composed of all its members (staff and residents) serves as peer, therapist, teacher and role model in the complex change process called recovery.· It is a highly structured and therefore, supportive environment with definite moral boundaries encompassing a code of behaviour and communal belief.

This community both rewards and sanctions.· When fully developed there is an intensive treatment regime emphasising group therapy, skills development and self-esteem that improves with useful functioning within the community.

Description of Entry and Resident Suitability

Initial Outpatient Assessment and suitability

  • 17 years and over*
  • Male
  • Meet DSM IV criteria for alcohol and/or other drug abuse - dependence
  • Personality difficulties requiring long-term residential treatment.· (Personality disorders which are predominantly anti-social, borderline or narcissistic)
  • Not currently suicidal, homicidal or psychotic (any history of arson, physical or sexual assault requires further follow-up)
  • Agrees voluntarily to rules and regulations of Odyssey House
  • Is medically suited for programme
  • Not intoxicated on admission
  • Not requiring medical detox
  • Methadone maintenance if stable
  • May be on home detention

*In some cases we will consider 16 year olds depending on their circumstances

People are screened for entry on the basis of determining whether they present any threat to the safety of others in the Therapeutic Community, and also whether Odyssey is the appropriate treatment agency for the specific problems facing the individual. In some cases clients will need to share a room with another resident.

Programme Rules

The following rules are designed to provide a safe environment and maintain acceptable standards of behaviour.

  1. No stealing
  2. No drugs, alcohol or other contraband (eg. money or unauthorised·property).
  3. No sex or sexually acting out
  4. No violence or threats of violence
  5. No Gambling

Knowledge of any of the above rules being broken and not disclosing this to staff may also result in a discharge. In regards to breach of these rules the resident may be offered re-admission depending on the circumstances and situation.

Admissions

Referrals:·· All referrals must come via an Alcohol & Other Drugs assessment completed by an agency approved by the Ministry of Health prior to entry into the Odyssey House Christchurch Programme.

In Canterbury the referral agencies are:

  • C.A.D.S
  • Salvation Army
  • City Mission
  • Youth Speciality Services
  • Pacific Island Trust

If you are un-sure of the authorised agency in your area you can access these on the Addictions Treatment Directory at http://www.addictionshelp.org.nz/

Referral Process

STEP 1

The person or the Agency referring the person, contacts Odyssey House Trust Admission / Outreach Centre. Referrals can come from anywhere in the South Island.· If the person lives outside of the South Island, they will need to be assessed and referred by an agency authorised by the Ministry of Health within that region. If you are unsure of the process then contact· Odyssey House Admissions / Outreach Centre.

STEP 2

Odyssey admissions staff will take the following details, name, age, and brief summary of the clients problems.

STEP 3

A time and place for an interview will be arranged if possible, family / whanau support is encouraged as part of this process. If you are in custody, detox or another Mental Health Service our staff can interview you there.· If you are out of the Christchurch region a phone interview can be arranged.

Admissions Procedure

When the person has been assessed as suitable they will be given an admission date and time or could be placed on the waiting list.

Things to bring 

  • Identification 
  • Appropriate Clothing
  • Current bank account

Don't bring

  • Drugs & alcohol
  • Money or valuables

 

 

Admission Process

  1. Fill out admission forms. The person needs to complete various forms which include an agreement to follow the rules of the programme.
  2. Fill out the financial forms.· This includes an application for a benefit from NZISS and consent for the benefit to be paid to Odyssey House Trust towards the cost of treatment.
  3. Shower. The new admission is asked to have a shower while the clothing they are wearing is searched for drugs or contraband. All of the new admissions clothing & property is searched also. This helps to keep the program drug free. Personal property will be placed in a secure room for safe keeping except for articles of clothing.
  4. Introduction to Buddy. The person is introduced to one of the residents who will help guide them through the first 2 days in treatment. They are issued with personal items (toothbrush, soap, towel, deodorant). They will also be given a general overview of the programme.

Basic Items Needed

Some form of Identification

eg, Passport, Birth Certificate or Drivers Licence

Footwear

Gym shoes, workshoes or boots, dress shoes, Work, dress & sports socks.

Clothing

Wet weather coat or jacket, Warm winter clothing, Dress clothing - for outings, Sports clothing for recreation (tracksuits etc),

Summer wear, shorts etc, Under clothing, T shirts, singlets, etc.

Radio / TV

Advised not to bring your own, as it is a privilege of senior residents to be able to have these items. Odyssey House will provide these items for the community to utilise as a whole.

Bedding and personal hygiene items are all supplied by Odyssey House.

All incoming residents will initially be allowed one phone call to family and any future phone calls are to be cleared in wants and needs group.

Cost of Service

This cost is covered by arranging payment of residents Income Support benefit to Odyssey House Trust. Most people entering into residential treatment at Odyssey House will qualify for this benefit. The rest of the cost for their placement at Odyssey House will be covered by a residential support payment from the (Ministry of Health/District Health Board). Residents also receive a weekly allowance directly paid into the resident's bank account, to cover personal needs, fines and child support payments. This is a portion of the residents benefit. Until such time as this is approved, Odyssey House allow the resident $25 per week ($5 per week day), which is repayable when the allowance is approved.

Drug/Alcohol use monitoring

URINE ANALYSIS

To maintain community safety each resident is required to give a supervised urine sample three times a week.· You will be asked to "give up" (provide a urine sample) every Monday in the presence of a same gender staff member. You may also at times be required to provide a random sample for testing. The urine samples are tested for all substances.

BREATHALYSER

A breathalyser is used on a random basis.· It is also used in circumstances where staff or residents have concerns about·· the alcohol free status of an individual

RESULTS

Anyone returning a positive urinalysis result or positive breathalyser result is questioned about the result. ·If there is no appropriate reason for the positive result (eg prescribed medication), the resident may be discharged from treatment.· This process helps to keep the programme safe and drug free.

Activities

HOUSEKEEPING

Wash-up dishes, vacuuming, tidy surroundings etc.· An emphasis is placed on making the environment clean and tidy and this is a structured part of every day.

WORK (vocational training): The programme structures the working day for everyone involved in treatment. During this time residents have projects to complete or help with general maintenance of the facilities and grounds.

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Workshop Kitchen

THERAPY GROUP

Residents will be in at least one therapy session on most days. Sometimes the group will have an educational theme or be open for discussion on treatment issues.· Attendance at groups is compulsory·

PERSONAL TIME

Personal time is for showers and other personal needs such as doing your washing etc.

TEACHING GROUP

These groups are designed to learn about Odyssey House and how the programme operates.

MORNING MEETING, HOUSE MEETING, EVENING MEETING: These happen every day and the purpose is to bring everyone together to organise any functional activities and other discussions relevant to the programme day.· Morning meeting also is where the group interacts and has fun to help get the day off to a good start.

RECREATION

Activities/recreation occurs throughout the programme.

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What Happens

The following is a typical daily schedule which is a guide only, as there is also therapy and educational groups occurring during most days as well.

7:00 am Wake up 7:15 pm Morning exercises
7:30 am Breakfast 8:00 pm Wash-up dishes and Tidy House
9:00 am Morning meeting 10:00 am Work (Vocational Training)
12:00 pm Lunch 12:45 pm Wash-up dishes
1:30 pm Work/ Therapy Group 5:00 pm Personal Time
6:00 pm Dinner 6:45 pm Wash-up dinner dishes
7:15 pm Teaching/concept group 8:00 pm Evening Meeting
8:30pm - 9:00pm Free time 10:00 pm Bed time

Bill of Rights

All residents of the Odyssey House Therapeutic Programme have the absolute right to the following:

  1. A supportive environment, drug free, unless medically prescribed and/or approved by Odyssey House.
  2. Treatment without regard to gender, race, national origin, creed, political affiliation, sexual preference, previous criminal record or public assistance status
  3. Dignity, respect, health and safety at all times.
  4. Knowledge of the programme philosophy and methods.
  5. Information given accurately of all current rules/regulations of the programme as well as sanctions, disciplinary measures and any modification of rights.
  6. Access to a Board-approved grievance procedure to register complaints about the administration of all rules and regulations, sanctions, disciplinary measures and modifications of rights.
  7. Definition of all fees and costs to be charged, methods and schedules of payment and the availability of money and personal property during the programme and on leaving.
  8. Confidentiality of information regarding participation in the programme and of all treatment records in accordance with the law of the country.
  9. Examination of personal records within Board-approved guidelines and the insertion of a counter statement of clarification to rebut recorded information.
  10. Discharge of themselves from the programme at any time without physical and psychological harassment.
  11. Personal communication with relatives or friends of whereabouts on admission and thereafter according to the rules of the programme except when prohibited as a documented part of the treatment plan.
  12. Protection from real or threatened corporal punishment, from physical, psychological or sexual abuse and from involuntary physical confinement.
  13. Provision of nutritious food, safe and adequate lodging, physical exercise and adequate personal hygiene needs.
  14. Medical care from qualified practitioners and the right to refuse the medical care offered. (Refer No.2)
  15. Access to legal advice or representation where required.
  16. Clear definition of responsibilities when working in the position of a staff member, with adequate training, adequate staff support and supervision (including evaluation and feed-back), no exploitation and the right to decline the position without any recrimination.
  17. The right to guidance and assistance when leaving the programme for any reason, about other health-care and assessment services, sources of financial aid and places of residence.

Contact with Family/Whanau and Friends

Contact with people outside the programme is limited to family/whanau. Those people who are unable to have contact with their family/whanau may be able to negotiate to have contact with other close supports if appropriate.·

Some supervision of visits is required in the early stages of the programme. The amount of contact with family/whanau increases as a person progresses through the programme.

A resident can have:

  • Family / Whanau visit each week on Saturdays between 3pm and 5pm
  • 2 x phone calls to immediate Whanau / family per week plus extra phone calls to children
  • Write and receive mail from Whanau / family.
  • Attendance at family/whanau Groups
  • Families are invited to community dinners three times a year
  • Residents may have individual therapy with there family if it is agreed by both parties

The monthly family / whanau group meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month, which is an opportunity for families to come together to support each other. This is also an opportunity for families to find out how the programme operates and gain some insight and understanding of addictions and how this impacts on the families.

General Programme and Intervention Outline

The Therapeutic Community makes use of encounter groups, therapy groups, one to one counselling, work projects, education groups, role modelling by senior residents and staff.· Social learning occurs through intensive daily experiences and all activities are considered part of therapy which is directed towards encouraging the individual to engage in "right" living patterns (practice).

The Therapeutic Community model includes aspects of the following:

  • Behaviour modification
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Supportive psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy when appropriate
  • Stage of change model - Motivational Enhancement Therapy

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