Frequently Asked Questions
What makes up an average day in the Therapeutic Community (TC)?
The day starts at 6am. There is a morning and afternoon walk, three group sessions and three work groups throughout the day. All residents are to participate in all activities. There is some spare time between therapy groups and work groups. The program finishes between 8.30-9.00pm 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 approximately $40/week 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 or lending money. All personal bills need to be settled or put on hold prior to admission, or allocate someone to take care of them.
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. Please ensure that all outside responsibilities are attended to prior to admission so that you can focus your full attention on your recovery program. You must advise the Therapeutic Community staff of any medical issues prior to admission. The program has a set menu and special dietary needs must be discussed at the time of your assessment interview. Likewise, any injuries/illnesses need to be discussed with the assessment officer at the time of your interview.
What about my children?
Most residents have two weeks with no outside contact. This means no leave, visits, phone calls, mail, etc. However if you are have formal parental guardianship of a child/children then children 3-14 years may visit (by arrangement with staff only) for two hours on the weekend in our courtyard (dropped off and collected by their carer). You may have three contacts per week (i.e. one supervised phone call, plus one letter and one visit).
What about 12-Step groups?
The Therapeutic Community liaises with the local 12 Step groups to support residents having information, which provides an excellent post treatment support process for clients.
Can I buy chocolates, have a haircut, have music, my phone, magazines etc ?
Food items and confectionary can be bought and consumed only on weekends. There is a daily shop run for which you may submit a basic order. Access to shops is permitted during leave at certain levels of the program. Haircuts can be planned for your “on leave” hours as you progress through the program. Music is allowed (basic personal clock radio). 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 at Goldbridge 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 the 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, etc)
- Motor vehicles, any food items, any pets
- Coffee/tea/washing powder (these are supplied)
- Pods or speakers
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