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A step-by-step approach to addiction recovery

The St John of God Burwood Hospital inpatient drug, alcohol and addiction behaviours program offers a step-by-step approach to addiction recovery explains Consultant Clinical Psychologist Ian Smith.

Recovery from addiction – whether drug, alcohol, gambling, or other behaviour – is a step-by-step process. Our care, based on our core value of hospitality, puts you at the centre of our service and is focused on providing you the support, knowledge and skills you need to achieve your recovery goals.

Our three-week inpatient program takes a progressive approach to your skills development, whereby you and your care team address issues identified at each level and move onto the next level.

We know you may not completely resolve all issues before moving forward, however the goal is to improve your overall functioning. As you progress through the course, your wellness will continue to improve as you develop your skills with practice.

St John of God Burwood Hospital addiction milestones

St John of God Burwood Hospital inpatient addiction program

During your three-week inpatient stay you will learn about your addiction and develop the skills you need to achieve your goals towards recovery.

What to expect – Week 1

Your first achievements will include:

  • Starting the alcohol and other drug therapy program
  • Engaging in a safe and manageable withdrawal/detox, if that is relevant to you
  • Developing an understanding of your habit and cravings
  • Taking active participation in an individualised care plan with the multidisciplinary team, setting personal goals for recovery

What to expect – Week 2

During you middle week of your stay, your achievements will include:

  • Beginning the process of coming to terms with your addiction and the life changes you will need to make
  • Acquiring skills to manage the emotional distress associated with your addiction
  • Learning strategies to manage your emotions around your sobriety

What to expect – Week 3

In your final week in our program, you will:

  • Develop a recovery tripod and wellbeing plan
  • Complete a mental health recovery and discharge plan

What next?

After you have completed our three-week drug, alcohol and addictive behaviour course you may benefit from continuing your recovery through our 12-week outpatient program. This program supports your recovery and reinforces your skills as you return home and to your everyday activities.

About Associate Professor Ian Smith

A/Professor Ian Smith is the Director of Allied Health and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at St John of God Burwood Hospital and is an honorary associate at Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, Western Sydney University and ACAP. Ian is also an academic staff member of the Australian Catholic University where he lectures in child and adolescent psychopathology. Ian consults for Headspace Ashfield as a clinical psychologist and is a mentor for the Pinnacle foundation supporting GLBT students completing degrees at universities in Australia. Ian has based our program on evidence-based treatment protocols such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.