Our Approach

Fresh Start’s approach to helping people with addictions is sometimes known as the PHREE model:

  • Physiology
  • Housing
  • Relationships
  • Education
  • Employment

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Physiology

Our programs treat the physical cravings of drug addiction. Our follow up and other medical services such as our GP Clinic and Hepatitis C program support the general health of patients.

Housing

Many drug users who come to Fresh Start depend on other users for a place to live. Once they start treatment this is not a suitable arrangement. The most suitable type of housing depends on the stage of recovery. We have a number of facilities and can also refer patients to other facilities.

Relationships

For many clients, rebuilding broken relationships is essential. We offer counselling, which aims to improve self-esteem and enable the client to start to form healthy relationships and rebuild broken relationships.

Education

Patients are offered the chance to engage in activities designed to enable them to live a normal lifestyle within the community. They are encouraged to enrol in TAFE and university courses. Many of the patients also choose to take part in a Christian version of ‘The Twelve Steps’.

Employment

The ultimate aim of our program is that our clients will gain employment. Many have Community Service Orders and some do voluntary work which builds up their practical skills.

Before coming to Fresh Start, Terry was a heroin addict without hope. Three years and several implants later, Terry is a full-time university student and part of our Traineeship program. According to Terry, “Fresh Start was responsible for getting my life back on track.”

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