Empowering Women on the Path to Recovery
The Detour House Program
What you can expect at Detour House:
Up to 12 months Aftercare Support for Lasting Success
What you can expect with our Aftercare Support:
Healing with Compassion - Trauma-Informed Approach.
Frankie 32-year-old non-binary person who is currently a member of the Detour House Transition program. They came to Detour House seeking treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and to implement the 12-step program into their life. Frankie came to Detour House with no home address. During their time as a residential program client, Frankie developed life skills, healthy routines, self-care and healthier habits. Detour House also helped Frankie reconnect with their self and their spirituality through the program and their counselling which Detour provides through a partnership with Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre.
Through attending the Transitional program, Frankie first obtained Crisis Accommodation through The Gender Centre and then moved into Transitional Housing provided by St George Community Housing. Frankie says the Transition Program has helped them become more accountable and responsible for their recovery.
Kylie entered the DH program after transferring from Foundation House. Kylie was an ice user with no diagnosis of mental health and no medication. Kylie has an 8-year-old daughter with final orders underway to have her taken into permanent care. Kylie has a history of family and domestic violence both as a child and as a adult and a history of CSA. Kylie initially presented as being quite reserved in the program but through case management, it appeared that Kylie had great awareness, was motivated and often animated. Kylie thought she has ADHD and possible bipolar disorder as she struggles with focusing and sitting still, she was also experiencing vast changes in mood. Kylie was supported to keep a journal of changes in mood, and she was referred to a psychiatrist who confirmed an appointment for her.
While stabilising her moods, the priority was to support Kylie to begin the process of a section 90 to get her daughter back in her care. Kylie was an important member of the house and in time became a great leader and mentor to the other clients. Kylie graduated the program with flying colours and went on to secure a job through Two Good as a kitchen assistant. Kylie remains sober, is continuing to work on getting her daughter back and still attends transition group weekly, she is a valued client of DH.
Bobby came into Detour House transferring from another rehabilitation service. Bobby is homeless, a poly drug user and has anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Bobby was unsure if she needed further rehab. Initially Bobby was guarded and appeared to be disconnected from what was going on for her. Bobby usually had her ‘mask’ on and was always making jokes as a way of diverting from what was really going on for her. As Bobby has ADHD, we worked on strategies for her bookwork such as taking a regular break and going for a short walk. Through Case Management sessions and group work, Bobby began to feel more comfortable and trusting and began to let her guard down a little. Bobby became more vulnerable with her peers and staff and began to make progress by using supported strategies and tools to regulate herself when she was being triggered or had a trauma memory. Bobby graduated in January 2023 and is glad she stayed at Detour House. Upon graduating Boddy shared that what she has learnt and the changes she has been able to put into place while at Detour House with regards to boundaries and co-dependency is invaluable. Bobby was referred to St George Community Housing for a transition property and has been accepted and moves into her new property in two weeks. The Detour House Aftercare Brokerage program will be accessed to help her establish her new home. Bobby is committed to remaining part of the Detour House transition program.