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The Buttery, based at Binna Burra, is starting a new rehab-in-community program for local residents. Photo The Buttery
The Buttery, based at Binna Burra, is starting a new rehab-in-community program for local residents. Photo The Buttery

The Buttery rehabilitation service is starting a new free program to allow more people to get help with their drug and alcohol problems without joining a residential program.

The Community Rehab, called CORE, is an evidence-based model of intensive rehabilitation. Many people who would benefit from a long-term stay at The Buttery or other rehab are unable to do so because of long waiting lists or personal circumstances, such as those who are parents or carers.

CORE will be delivered during school hours, five days per week over six weeks, followed by aftercare.

‘This concept is not only more cost-effective than residential rehab, it is flexible enough to help people who would never have been able to put their family commitments on hold to seek intensive rehab,’ said the program’s manager, Krystian Gruft.

The six-week program will be offered in Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads.

‘It will address lifestyle issues such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental health, and budgeting. It will also offer opportunities for recreational and social activities in a safe and caring environment.

‘The Buttery will be able to draw on our many years of experience in helping people with drug and alcohol problems,’ Mr Gruft said.‘CORE will be a welcome addition to local treatment options. Even more people will have the chance to pursue a fulfilling life regardless of the difficulties they have faced.’

See more at buttery.org.au/community-based-rehab-program. The program is being funded by North Coast Primary Health Network, an Australian government initiative.


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