ODYSSEY HOUSE VICTORIA: Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment, Training & Support

OHV Hope Centre Update

OHV Hope Centre Update

We are pleased to announce that the Odyssey House Victoria Hope Centre in Lucknow, near Bairnsdale, is now officially open and has completed its first 6-months of operation. Despite plans to hold a launch on 20th April, the event had to be postponed indefinitely until COVID-19 related restrictions on any

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Pilot Mentoring Program

Odyssey’s therapeutic community in Lower Plenty provides a structured and safe space for people seeking to address their substance use. However, once residents graduate from the residential rehabilitation program, they are often faced with the daunting task of creating a new network of support from scratch – work, recreation and

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Young People and COVID-19

During COVID-19 restrictions, the Odyssey House Youth & Family Services team have come up with some alternate ways to engage young people who may be at-risk of problems with, or are using drugs and alcohol. We know that many young people have felt disconnected from social supports and regular activities,

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From isolation to connection

Isolation is the single biggest risk factor contributing to alcohol and other drug (AOD) misuse, homelessness, mental health issues, family and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and child and family reunification breakdown. Many families with AOD issues are isolated due to the breakdown of extended family relationships or tragedies.

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Odyssey goes smoke-free

We know that around three quarters of people accessing alcohol and other drug treatment are also tobacco smokers. We also know that diseases caused by tobacco smoking kill more people than drugs and alcohol combined1. Research from multiple studies suggests that people attempting to recover from alcohol and other drug

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Kids in Focus keeping families focused

Our Specialist AOD Family Services program Kids in Focus (KIF) provides intensive outreach support for families who have multiple and complex needs, as well as Child Protection involvement. Under normal times, most of our work is home based. During COVID-19 restrictions, staff have limited their face-to-face contact and come up

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Working for Victoria Funding

Odyssey House Victoria has been successful in attracting Victorian government funding for several new projects through the Working for Victoria initiative. This $500m fund was established to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 find paid work with organisations who need their skills.  As an

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Short Story Competition 2020 now open

Odyssey House Victoria invites all writers to enter in our annual Short Story Competition, this years theme is “Isolation”. This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience and submissions are due by the 13th of November. Full terms, conditions and instructions can be found here. Happy writing!

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Family Reunification Program

The Family Reunification Program works with parents whose children are involved with the Child Protection system and are placed in out of home care. These families must be on a current Family Reunification Order and be working with child protection toward reunification with their children. Completion of AOD treatment is

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Overdose Prevention Program

The Overdose Prevention Program is based in the North West and South West catchments of Melbourne and in Geelong and Shepparton. It is a harm minimisation focused program raising the awareness, and reducing the impacts of fatal and non-fatal overdoses on the community. We work with people aged 16 and

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