Frequently Asked Questions
What makes up an average day in the Therapeutic Community (TC)?
The day starts at 6am. There is a morning walk, three group sessions, three work groups and an afternoon walk per day. There is some spare time between therapy and work groups. The program finishes at 8.30pm with lights out at 10.00pm.
How much individual counselling will I get?
In a Therapeutic Community the majority of therapy is received in group-settings and from your peers who provide you with honest, behaviour-based feedback. Experienced AOD Workers facilitate group processes and in certain circumstances may also provide one-off counselling support.
What happens to my Centrelink money?
Your CentreLink payment goes into a supervised trust fund account and you receive a weekly allowance for personal expenses. Come prepared with enough personal resources and toiletries to last three weeks as it sometimes takes this long for enough CentreLink money to build up in your account. There is no borrowing, buying or lending money. Settle all bills, loans or direct debits or put them on hold prior to admission, or allocate someone to take care of them. Self-funded clients must be two weeks in advance for treatment at all times.
What about my prescribed medications?
Bring any medications and prescriptions required. A visiting medical officer will assess your medication needs and prescriptions will be filled as required. You must advise the Therapeutic Community staff of any injuries/illnesses prior to admission.
What if I have dietary requirements?
The TC has a set menu. If you have any special dietary needs these must be disclosed and discussed at assessment to ensure your needs are met.
What about my children?
All residents are on restrictions for the first two weeks but are still allowed contact with their children. This can be telephone, Skype or letter. You can also have a visit but only on the weekend. Your case worker and buddy will explain this in more detail when you arrive. Goldbridge also offers the opportunity to record DVD’s of you reading stories to give to your children.
What about 12-Step groups?
The Therapeutic Community liaises with the local 12 Step groups to support residents having information, as this is an excellent post treatment support process for clients.
Can I buy chocolates, have a haircut, have music, my phone, magazines etc ?
Treats can be purchased/consumed only on weekends. There is a daily shop run for which you may submit a basic order. Haircuts can be planned for your “on leave” hours as you progress through the program. No mobile phones or reading materials are allowed in the Therapeutic Community, other than when on leave towards the end of the program.
Will people find out where I am?
Not unless you let them know. We will not confirm or deny your presence in the TC to anyone unless you have given us written permission to do so, or if we are required to so under Queensland or Federal Law.
I don’t have a problem with alcohol, can I have a drink?
The Therapeutic Community prohibits access to alcohol for all residents in it’s program.
What not to bring:
- Any alcohol, non-prescribed psychoactive substance, or illicit drugs/drug paraphernalia
- Any item that could be considered to be referring to alcohol or drug related inferences
- Expensive or irreplaceable personal items (jewellery, watches etc)
- Any item that is a weapon or that could be used as such (e.g. knives, letter openers, pencil sharpeners etc)
- Motor vehicles, any food items, any pets
- Coffee/tea/washing powder (these are supplied)
- IPods or speakers
- Any pornographic material
What to bring:
- Current Medicare and Healthcare card and Full admission fee
- Personal resources to last 3 weeks or money to purchase such goods.
- Towels, closed in shoes/runners, casual footwear, swimmers, hat, 1 bag/suitcase (only) of clothes
- Toiletries – roll on deodorant (no sprays), razor, soap, shampoo, alcohol free mouthwash and/or nail polish, sanitary needs
- If a religious practitioner – one copy only of your faiths religious books
- Nail/hair clippers, mobile phone and charger are kept in lock-up
- Optional – MP3 player with no camera or internet capability