Pictured: (from left) Queensland Minister Mark Bailey, Lives Lived Well Chair Damian Wright, Brisbane South’s Day Program team and Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles

Lives Lived Well has expanded its free and recovery-based Non-Residential Rehabilitation Day Program to three more locations, namely South Brisbane, Toowoomba and Mackay, providing these communities with more options in alcohol and drug treatment.

The Day Program allows people to participate in a more in-depth “treatment” while remaining at home, which differs from a residential service where there would be a need to “live-in” and stay overnights, making it an accessible option for more people.

The program’s expansion is thanks to additional funding from the Queensland Government.

On Friday 21 June 2019, Minister for Transport and Roads, the Honourable Mark Bailey, on behalf of the State Government, launched the Day Program in Woolloongabba at an official event, which also marked the opening of a new Lives Lived Well service at 223 Logan Road.

Not-for-profit, Lives Lived Well has had a long association with Brisbane’s greater south region through its Logan House residential program. It also now provides alcohol and drug counselling and case management services in Beenleigh and Beaudesert and has recently opened the Logan House Family Recovery Units.

Launching the program at Woolloongabba, Mr Bailey said the expanded program and new service space would make a significant difference to the lives of many in the community.

“The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support Lives Lived Well as part of a $43 million, five-year investment in alcohol and other drug treatment programs, part of the Connecting Care to Recovery plan,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Lives Lived Well program plays an important role alongside our $19 billion investment in health for 2019/20 to make sure Queenslanders have access to the support they need.”

Lives Lived Well CEO Mitchell Giles thanked the State Government for its ongoing support and for making it possible to offer the group-based Day Program in more communities.

“Lives Lived Well’s Day Program offers more intensive support than that usually offered in community settings and is an alternative for those unable to commit to ‘living-in’ a residential program – it is a bridge between the two,” Mr Giles said.

“Participants attend weekdays and return home at the end of each day. The program that is offered reflects the best available evidence of what works in support of people seeking to manage a problem with alcohol or drugs.”


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