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



Odyssey House Residential Rehabilitation programs are structured live-in programs for people who experience severe problems with alcohol and/or drug use, and their associated mental health issues.

Service updates

Due to current restrictions, all Odyssey residential services are operating with some modifications to intake processes.

Therapeutic Community (Lower Plenty)

  • Admissions are available. There may be a delay in responding to external referrals.
  • Information and Prep groups have been replaced by individual phone contacts.
  • Staff are negotiating with detox providers to have one cohort from admissions contained for the maximum stay at the detox before moving to the Therapeutic Community.

Circuit Breaker

  • Modified referral process. Please contact Circuit Breaker for more information.

Hope Centre

  • Recruited and inducted staff and will be accepting a limited number of new residents.


Odyssey House aims to assist people with drug and alcohol problems with an understanding that this requires change in a number of aspects of people’s lives. It is not simply about substance use.

Odyssey House’s residential rehabilitation programs comprise a group of people joined together for a single purpose – to improve their well-being. All members of the communities enter rehabilitation of their own accord and may leave at any time. Odyssey House has three residential rehabilitation communities – one in Lower Plenty, Melbourne; one near Benalla in North-East Victoria; and one in the East Gippsland region, near Bairnsdale. The communities have some basic rules (see right) that all members are required to observe to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome. Programs are individually determined and group therapy is a regular component. Residents are expected to actively participate in scheduled activities such as daily work functions, meetings, meals and group therapy. We aim to help clients establish a life free from drug dependence and develop a productive and fulfilling life. This may mean change in how a person approaches life and negotiates the world — people may need assistance in managing emotional concerns; changing friendship circles; re-engaging in employment which might require training; developing interests in pro-social activities; repairing family relationships; and if children are involved, strengthening parenting practices and learning new approaches.

Odyssey House does not operate a detoxification or withdrawal program, but will support access to detoxification services and provide post-detoxification services. These changes cannot occur all at once and need to be integrated into a bigger plan that priorities each step on the road to recovery. The process is based upon goals developed during the assessment phase of the program. The development of goals is a collaborative process between the individual and the clinician and begins once an assessment is concluded. The goals are regularly reviewed and modified as necessary.

Program rules

  • No violence or threat of violence
  • No theft
  • No drugs or alcohol
  • No sex
  • No unreported knowledge of these rules being broken

Melbourne assessment/admission

To access this program, participants need to complete a comprehensive drug and alcohol assessment in their local area. An assessment can be arranged through a local service provider in your area. Contact details can be found here.

Alternatively, you can contact DirectLine on 1800 888 236. DirectLine provides a 24-hour telephone counselling, information and referral service for anyone in Victoria wishing to discuss an alcohol or drug-related issue.

Once you have been referred to Odyssey House, a member of our admissions team will contact you to obtain further information, discuss your suitability to the program and answer any questions.


Odyssey House receives funding from the State Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice. Participants are expected to contribute their CentreLink payments towards the cost of the treatment program. There are different arrangements in place for privately paying clients. All expenses associated with participation in the program are covered by Odyssey House Victoria including, but not limited, to food, accommodation, medical costs, therapeutic services and childcare.

Rural assessment/admission

Odyssey House Victoria’s rural residential rehabilitation program near Benalla is called Circuit Breaker. To access the Circuit Breaker program phone 03 5766 6399 to arrange a time for an over-the-phone assessment.


The Circuit Breaker program is funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Health. Residents are expected to make a contribution toward program costs through their Centrelink benefits or any other source of income (if available). The contribution is $170.10 per week, plus up to $72 per week for any specific personal items.

This certifies that Odyssey House Victoria has met requirements for certification of the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association Standard. We are proud to be a Certified Group Therapeutic Community Member 2017-2020.