Chris Stevens, Addiction Therapist from Cairns, Australia weighs in on The Wave’s opening.
With wait lists getting longer within Australia for inpatient rehabilitation, clients have begun to look further afield for other recovery options. As such, it’s so lovely to see The Wave provide a gender-responsive treatment centre for such a worthy and capable client group.
With its trauma-informed, culturally and developmentally appropriate program, and its focus on identifying and treating the underlying drivers of addiction, I’m confident that the Wave will offer an extremely valuable service. An opportunity for young people to take time out from their often hectic, drama and drug-fuelled lifestyles, enabling them to take a deep breath, plan a new life path and press the reset button.
My understanding is that this will be a home away from home, and a place of healing. It will offer meaningful activities in which young people feel empowered to develop a new social identity and engage in real recovery work, with both their peers, and with an extremely knowledgeable team of clinicians. It will be a place which encourages teens and young adults to successfully relate with their loved ones and to build a rich, full and meaningful life, without depending on substances.
The Wave, I’m sure, will become a vital addition to the international recovery movement and will make a measurable and significant impact on those who decide to start their new lives with you… all the best to both you and your clients….
Chris Stevens B.Soc.Sc/Couns