Therapeutic Community for Adults

Program Overview

The Windana Therapeutic Community is a
40 bed residential facility located on a 40
acre property in Maryknoll, Victoria.

The program is delivered through four
different phases over a period of 6-12
months. Residents of all phases live
together in shared accomodation across
five seperate houses to support each other
through the program.

The community as method approach
utilised at Windana provides therapeutic
and educational impact to residents who
participate in self-help and mutual-help

  • Residents may not have visitors or
    receive phone calls within the first two
    weeks of program participation. This
    allows the resident to settle into the
    program with as few distractions as
    possible. Exceptions can be made for
    contact with resident's children.
  • Residents must only bring what they can
    easily carry by themselves. A two bag limit
    applies. A list of what to bring will be
    provided at assessment. Personal
    shopping will be available once a week
  • Residents are eligible to apply for off
    property leave. This leave progresses from
    day leave to overnight / weekend leave
    based on your program phase

The Program Includes

  • Medical and nursing management
  • Case management & support services
  • Complementary therapies-naturopath,
    naturopath, yoga, mindfulness groups
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Individual counselling and group work
    including art therapy, nutrition, relapse
    prevention, harm minimisation and
    stress management
  • Slow-Stream Pharmacotherapy reduction
    from suboxone & methadone is available

Smoking is currently allowed in restricted
outside areas.

Program Eligibility

  • Individuals 18 years of age or over
  • Alcohol and Drug free prior to admission
  • Willing and able to participate in all TC
    group and work activities
  • Clients are required to bring current
    medications and scripts on the day of
  • Access to external appointments during
    the rehabilitation process are limited and
    are assessed on an individual bassis

Admission Process

Upon receipt of a referral the information
will be reviewed by the Windana
Admissions & Care Coordination Team.

  • A pre-admission appointment will be
    facilitated for the person at the First
    Step clinic to undertake an
    interdisciplinary assessment with an
    addiction medicine practitioner and
    the Windana nurse
  • For direct admissions, we will endeavor
    to facilitate a medical assessment with
    the addiction medicine practitioner
    available at the Therapeutic Community
  • A payment of $115 on admission is
    payable for the first 6 days, an ongoing
    payment of 78% of Centrelink benefit is
    required. If paying privately, the cost
    can be negotiated at assessment

We provide a holistic treatment
program that addresses the biological,
psychological and social factors that
lead to substance dependence.
Treatment is individually tailored to
address residents needs.

Our approach
embraces a
combination of evidence-based
treatments including occupational,
family, mindfulness, experiential and
Cognitive-Behavioral therapies

Program & Referral information