Mirikai rehabilitation

Staying at a live-in program can be a big step. Here are some FAQs to help answer some queries you may have

Mirikai Frequently Asked Questions

Why six to 12 weeks?

Evidence suggests that completing a program has a higher association with success than how long a person stays. Studies show that up to 65 per cent of residents are not staying beyond three-months in Australian residential programs.

Therefore, to provide more people with the satisfaction and benefits of program completion, we are offering a six to 12 weeks program that is supported by extensive before and after care services in the community. For those who need a longer residential experience, they can stay longer.


What is residential rehabilitation?

Residential treatment is based on the principle that a residential setting free of alcohol and non-prescribed drugs provides a safe environment in which to address the underlying causes of dependence.

We offer a 24-hour, staffed, residential treatment program, inclusive of intensive, structured and evidence-based interventions after withdrawal from alcohol or drugs of dependence. Our residential treatment is complemented by a full package of care with pre and post counselling and support services available.


Is this a detox program?

No. Mirikai is not a detoxification facility. People come to our program drug free (other than prescribed medications) and alcohol free. Many residents will have had to participate in a detox program provided by another service before they will be accepted into our program.


Do I have to be drug free to be in the program?

Yes. You need to be free from alcohol and illegal drugs to participate in our program. We also have a no-smoking policy in place and as a result you are more likely to do well and achieve your long-term goals, if you also tackle smoking.


Can my children or family stay with me or visit?

Mirikai is not able to cater for parents in the program to have their children living with them.

However, we strongly support contact between family members and will facilitate this through phone calls and visits or through weekend leave where appropriate.


Can I access other support services during my stay?

Residents can access other treatment programs that we offer, such as parenting programs, support groups and counselling for couples or families.

Our program works closely with other organisations such as mental health services, dentists, sexual health services, hospitals, Centrelink and legal services to help meet each resident’s range of specific needs.

Our residents can also access the Lives Lived Well Specialist Centre – a general medical practice, which includes specialist health services. The centre is located on the same site as Mirikai.


Are the services confidential?

Yes. Information collected by Lives Lived Well is confidential.




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