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History of Odyssey
The Beginning

1966 at New York Metropolitan Hospital 17 addicts are placed on a trial cyclazocine maintenance programme.
Dr. Judiaane Densen Gerber the resident psychiatrist assigned to the ward.
Judianne decides to start a "drug free" programme at the hospital.

All are required to go cold turkey.
Odyssey House is ultimately the successful outgrowth of this project.


1977 Odyssey House Sydney established.
1979 Odyssey House Melbourne established.
1980 Odyssey House Auckland established.
July 1982 core group, Odyssey Auckland opens in Parnell.
1985 a core group of 16 residents arrives in Christchurch

to establish new Odyssey House programme.
1985 Odyssey House programme opens in Christchurch.
Odyssey House Trust has been successfully providing treatment in Christchurch for the past 26 years.
Services include treatment for the following groups.
Residential for Adult males.
Residential for male and female youth age 14-18.
Day programme for both male and female age 12-19.
Prison-based Alcohol and Drug Assessments
Outreach post and pre-program support
Driving Change Group
Support groups - 24/7, Friday Group and

Odyssey support group
Community Youth Mental Health and

Alcohol & Drug Service
Alcohol and Drug Assessment Service (ADAS)

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