A toolkit for a better life
Published at: 09 Nov 2018
Therapeutic Day Rehabilitation (TDR) is a fantastic program. It’s different to rehab, which is a contained environment where the patient is left to their own devices. TDR allows clients to be in their own environment learning tools to take with them and hopefully work on their addiction, ideally changing their lives for the better. Sometimes it may not work, or it might take several tries, but it’s all about helping people to build up a tool kit for a better life.
Our clients come from a variety of life experiences and circumstances.
Participation in the group leads to self-awareness - we help people learn techniques to help them avoid letting external stimuli effect their recovery journey.
A lot of our focus is on helping people live in the moment, to be less invested and anxious about things outside their control.
We’ve seen people really grow and absorb the concepts and principles presented. It’s always great when you have a really engaged group, who form close supports with each other. It’s inspiring to see the growth in individuals, and then see them pass it on to family and friends.
Our team helps people take it day by day, to get back out in the community and moving into environments that are supportive to them. Our clients reconnect with the positive relationships in their lives, and my team helps them to get services like housing and health services into place.
The opposite of addiction is connection, getting involved and being engaged. Things like the community art group and the cooking group help to get people more engaged with their community. It’s about building relationships, because isolation can mean people get attached to something negative, which in a lot of cases can mean addiction.
It’s so satisfying to see the growth in person who is making a positive change in their lives. People share what they’ve learnt with others facing similar issues - seeing the expression on peoples’ faces, the pride and the sense of achievement is great. That’s what I feel as well – that sense of achievement at having gotten people to the point that they’re changing things in their life for the better.
I got into the field after getting into a bit of trouble as a kid, but saw my friends taking things way too far and losing themselves. My family work in mental health, and I wanted to be able to make a change and help others based on my experience.
Bringing your personal experiences into the process really helps you and the client relate to one another.
Addiction issues are the same everywhere, whether in a regional or metropolitan setting. I really think we do things differently here in the country – it’s a different mentality, and the support is more personal in many ways. We go that step beyond and appreciate the importance of community a lot more – we really want to go that extra mile for our clients. We’re always seeing people in the street, hearing their positive stories and really engaging with improving peoples’ lives.