The current project will see the development of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in the Lockyer Valley, which caters specifically for mothers who have struggled with a substance use disorder in the past. The facility would enable a mother with up to two children (under the age of 10 years) to seek treatment while continuing to care for her children.
Our program is for up to three mothers who have shown that they are ready to receive help and make a meaningful contribution to the community. To enter the program, the women must not be currently dependent on drugs or alcohol. There are several programs available that are able to assist women who are currently addicted to drugs or alcohol, however, this is not in the scope of the Grace Homestead program. Professionally trained staff will deliver the program and will provide 24 hour supervision.
We believe that each of these women have hope, purpose, and a future. With a consistent, caring environment, and evidence-based therapeutic intervention, we will provide the optimal conditions for the women to make meaningful contributions to society.
Only a handful of similar centres which allow mothers to care for their children during rehabilitation operate across Australia. This has left a gap in service provision to this population. Similar centres operating overseas have reported effective outcomes such as lower relapse rates, increase in social responsibility, and self-sufficiency¹.
Drug and alcohol abuse is a prevalent issue affecting people in the Lockyer Valley and across the state. The effects of substance abuse not only affect the individual and their responsibilities, but also extend to the family unit, the individual’s ability to contribute to the community, and society as a whole.
It is our hope that we can see families restored in our region.
¹ Conners, Bradley, Whiteside-Mansell,& Crone, 2001