Pictured: Federal Member for Longman,Terry Young, and Lives Lived Well Chair, Damian Wright, cutting the ribbon to officially open Wunya
New 20-bed centre of recovery providing drug and alcohol support in Caboolture
Not-for-profit organisation, Lives Lived Well, has today officially launched Wunya, a new live-in alcohol and drug recovery centre in Caboolture, servicing the Moreton Bay region.
The 20-bed recovery centre was made possible thanks to Commonwealth Government funding, which was allocated in response to strong demand for Lives Lived Well’s support services that have been offered within the community for three years.
The $11 million in funding allowed for the establishment of Wunya, as well as an expansion of Lives Lived Well’s Caboolture-based counselling teams and the addition of day withdrawal and rehabilitation group programs.
In 2018-19, Lives Lived Well supported 2232 people across its range of services in Caboolture, Strathpine, Redcliffe and Morayfield.
Speaking at today’s launch was Federal Member for Longman, Terry Young. Mr Young said he was pleased to see the centre open for those in the community who needed help with drug and alcohol misuse.
“This centre will be a vital asset in our fight to stamp out drug and alcohol issues within the community of Longman, and make recovery possible,” Mr Young said.
“It will change the lives of so many people who are struggling to cope with these issues and allow them a second chance at a better and healthier life. The Morrison Government is passionate about winning the battle against drugs and I am proud that we could contribute to making this wonderful centre possible.”
Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles said the opening of Wunya completed a comprehensive suite of support services for the region, which also included State-funded family support.
“What we’re now able to provide in Caboolture is rather unique in that we can tailor our support to meet people’s needs at different stages of their recovery.
“For instance, a person could start with us in day withdrawal and then transition into more intensive support at Wunya or in day rehabilitation. Afterwards, they could continue to access ongoing support through our free counselling and support services in the community.
“This continuous model of care gives people the best chance of long-lasting recovery.”
Located at 55 Lower King Street, Wunya offers a six-week, structured, research-backed, live-in program with a focus on education, wellness and life skills for people aged 18 years and over. The centre has a team of psychologists, social workers, counsellors and a nurse.
“We believe that with the right support people can bring about positive change,” Mr Giles said. “We are pleased that those seeking help in Caboolture and surrounds will be able to access a variety of support to help them in living healthier and happier lives free from the harms of problematic substance use.”
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