Drug And Alcohol Rehabilitation Program

The Victorian Government, (through the Ice Action Plan), has provided funding for Grampians Community Health to implement the innovative ‘Making a Change’ (or MAC)  drug and alcohol rehabilitation program commencing on July 30th, 2018 in Horsham.

The MAC rehabilitation program will run for a total of eight weeks and requires a commitment from participants to attend three days per week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, at hours that are complementary to school pickup times.

Kim Brown, Coordinator and Facilitator of the MAC program said “As day rehabilitation is a relatively new concept in our area, and residential rehab programs often have lengthy waiting lists, the MAC program may be of benefit in the interim period, for those wishing to begin to minimise harm now”.

“The beauty of this program is that connections with family, friends, counsellors and community can be maintained throughout the program period, as participants are able to return home at the end of the day” explained Ms Brown.

The MAC program is 100 % free of charge, and provides a safe and confidential environment for anyone ready to make positive lifestyle changes.

MAC Coordinator and Facilitator Sarah Garton said “We are able to offer participants connection through group work as well as personalised support, depending on individual needs and goals”.

Grampians Community Health statistics indicate the Gambling, Alcohol and Drugs team, have supported in excess of 4000 individuals during the previous 24 months, with various drug and alcohol issues.

“We are here to encourage people to make positive changes regarding their substance use and to strengthen connections in their personal lives and community, something that is often lost when in the grips of addiction,” said Ms Garton.

To access the program people need only to make a confidential call to Grampians Community Health on 53587400.