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CORE Program Coordinator Sam Hickingbotham. (supplied)
CORE Program Coordinator Sam Hickingbotham. (supplied)

The drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, The Buttery, at Binna Burra, is starting a new program to help people recover from their addictions without entering into residential treatment.

The Community Rehab program, CORE, will cater to people unable to take part in long-term stays at The Buttery because of waiting lists or for those who are carers or parents.

Program manager, Krystian Gruft, said the program would operate during school hours, five days a week over six weeks, with follow-up 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,’ Mr Gruft said.

The six-week program will be offered in 2017 in Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads and is free of charge.

It will have a holistic “North Coast flavour” and 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 to address the social isolation that many people experience.

‘The Buttery will be able to draw on our many years of experience in helping people with drug and alcohol problems. 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,’ Mr Gruft said.

To find out more about the program: http://www.buttery.org.au/community-based-rehab-program/

More information: Coordinator, Sam Hickingbotham 0477 016 030 or Krystian Gruft: 0427 727 097

The program is being funded by North Coast Primary Health Network, an Australian Government Initiative.


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  1. Fantastic! Thank you, The Buttery folk, for being proactive in this issue . May there be more of such help for those who need it!


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