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.

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Counselling can be accessed face-to-face, online or through telephone, for individuals and/or families, as well as group counselling and group programs.  Case Management (known in the Alcohol and Other Drug sector as Care & Recovery co-ordination) seeks to support treatment pathways for high-risk clients who have multiple and complex needs.

It is very common for people with a drug and 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 is often difficult to get the help needed when someone has a dual diagnosis. At Odyssey House 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.

“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