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

Counselling and Support

COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT

Odyssey House Victoria offers a wide range of programs and services for people who are affected by drug and alcohol problems. These programs include counselling, positive behavioural change and Case Management.

About

Odyssey House Victoria has  face-to-face, online or phone counselling for individuals and families. We also provide family and group counselling.  Case Management (known as Care & Recovery Co-ordination) supports treatment pathways for clients who have multiple and complex needs. This is offered after an intake worker has spoken to a potential client and confirmed with them what help is needed. 

It is very common for people with a drug or alcohol problem to also have a mental health issue.  Having both a mental health issue and a drug and alcohol problem is often called “dual diagnosis”. 

Common mental health issues include difficulties with:

  • Different forms of anxiety including panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress
  • Depression
  • Unresolved grief
  • Bipolar mood disorder (formerly called ‘manic depression’)
  • Thought disorder (drug induced psychosis, schizophrenia)
  • Personality disorder

It can be difficult to get the help needed when someone has a dual diagnosis. At Odyssey House Victoria we have a commitment to providing relevant and effective services for people who have a mental health issue, in addition to their drug or alcohol problems. As part of this, we offer all our clients mental health screening and appropriate treatment options. We know that providing treatment for both issues together leads to better outcomes than dealing with them separately. 

Community Programs

Aboriginal Metro Ice Program:
An Odyssey clinician is employed to provide culturally appropriate AOD outreach and site-based services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Straits Islander people and their families where the use of ice (methamphetamine) is a concern. This service is available for people living in the NW and SW Melbourne Metro region.
Phone:  0466 331 147

Neighbourhood Justice Centre:
An experienced Odyssey AOD clinician can provide assessment, counselling and referral for clients who self-refer, regardless of whether they have a legal issue or not, if they fit one or more of the following groups: 

  • live in the City of Yarra 
  • are homeless  
  • identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.  
“I could never imagine it possible to live without drugs.  It is.  I am living now, and how great it is.  I couldn’t have built this new life without the much needed support from Odyssey.  In particular [my counsellor] has been a beacon guiding me in the right direction, encouraging me to keep struggling forwards.  I have a job, a loving partner, a warm home and the support of my family…” -Lydia