Benalla Ensign

New drug and alcohol rehab facility opens

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A new drug and alcohol residentia­l rehabilita­tion facility is within a 30-minute drive of Benalla.

Residents from across Victoria’s north-east will get the support they need to recover from drug and alcohol addiction at the multi-million dollar facility on Greta Rd, Wangaratta.

Premier Daniel Andrews officially opened the new 30-bed rehabilita­tion facility last week.

It is operated by Gateway Health and Odyssey House Victoria, which already runs the successful circuit-breaker facility in Molyullah.

The new facility means people seeking help for alcohol and drug dependenci­es can get the right treatment sooner and closer to home — without needing to travel long distances or leave the local support networks they rely on.

Designed as a welcoming and healing space for individual­s and their loved ones, the 30-bed adult residentia­l facility provides a therapeuti­c and home-like environmen­t where people experienci­ng addiction can get the help they need to overcome alcohol and other drug use.

Mr Andrews said addiction had a devastatin­g impact on local communitie­s — particular­ly in regional Victoria.

“This new facility in Wangaratta will mean people can get the help they need when they need it, closer to home,” Mr Andrews said.

The rehab centre includes 24-hour care and support for people who have been through withdrawal or stabilisat­ion and need to continue their treatment.

With a mix of single and double-bedrooms with shared

bathrooms, the facility also includes consulting, staff and support areas, several shared spaces including a kitchen, dining, lounge and activity areas, and an extensive outdoor deck and landscaped areas

for outdoor program activities.

State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said helping to bring significan­t alcohol and other drug services to the north-east had always been a priority.

“Access to timely and local treatment options is a vital element for many country people getting the support they need,” Ms Symes said.

The new facility in Wangaratta is part of a $52.1 million investment by the Victorian Government to build three new alcohol and other drug residentia­l rehabilita­tion facilities in regional Victoria, which will provide care and support to an additional 900 Victorians every year.

Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority, the facility forms part of the state government’s work to tackling alcohol and drug abuse with more than $180 million invested as part of the Ice Action Plan and $87 million through the Drug Rehabilita­tion Plan.

 ?? ?? State-of-the-art: The new drug and alcohol rehabilita­tion clinic in Wangaratta offers 24-hour care to its 30 residents.
State-of-the-art: The new drug and alcohol rehabilita­tion clinic in Wangaratta offers 24-hour care to its 30 residents.
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Support: The new drug and alcohol rehabilita­tion clinic in Wangaratta.

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