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Lives turned around by drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre

If you’ve driven down Kirk Road in Chambers Flat, you’ve likely seen the Logan House villas overlooking a grassy meadow and wondered what it is.

Logan House is a Lives Lived Well residential rehabilitation centre which has been a significant part of countless success stories for people overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.

Logan House team leader Chloe Haines said the 6-week program provided holistic treatment for their clients by addressing a multitude of underlying issues associated with drug and alcohol use.

“It’s about what the client needs and meeting them where they’re at, so that we can help them as much as possible,” she said.

Miss Haines said Logan House provided group and individual therapy around a range of topics, from triggers and coping skills to communication and relationships.

Services were provided by treatment facilitators, a consultant psychiatrist and a nursing team.

“Making sure that everything we’re doing is clinically and ethically undisputable is one of the main focuses of the organisation,” Miss Haines said.

Additional support staff assisted clients with things such as applying to the program, completing housing applications, and communicating with Centrelink and employment agencies.

One past client had struggled with an alcohol addiction for 17 years before beginning a lifelong sobriety journey with Logan House. The staff were pivotal in their recovery.

“I found my feet and purpose,” they said. “I feel blessed for the opportunities I have been given.”

Another client who first attended Logan House in 2019 said she not only met her goals, but gained a love and understanding of herself and others.

“When I arrived, I was broken and had lost the will to go on, but I knew I had to find a way to repair my life.

“So began a roller-coaster of self-discovery and healing I never expected. I now have a new lease on life.”

A third client, a single mother of three, had been using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate from past trauma before coming to Logan House.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn the skills to keep on the right track,” she said.

Having her children able to stay with her at the onsite family units was amazing for her children, who had previously been very isolated.Front view 1 1

Miss Haines said the Logan House family recovery units kept families together while one or both parents received support.

“They do a lot of work with Child Safety around reunification and keeping families together,” she said.

They also run parenting programs and take children to school and day care.

Miss Haines said the most rewarding thing about working at Logan House was when clients felt ready to move on from rehabilitation.

“Having a client get to the point where they say to you ‘I don’t think I need to be here anymore – I actually want to leave to try and take that next step’ means you’ve created that independence and autonomy for that client.

“Seeing them progress to that is really positive and exciting.”

Miss Haines said there were more services available for drug and alcohol addictions than most people knew of.

The first step for seeking help would be making contact with a reputable rehabilitation organisation who could assist with finding the right kind of support.

Less disruptive alternatives to residential rehabilitation are available, including day programs.

“The clients that are coming here are essentially the clients needing that environmental disruption, so they’re coming here to gain some stability,” Miss Haines said.

New exciting plans are also underway for Logan house.

“I think it’s going to look really awesome for this community, and for this end of Brisbane to have a facility like this,” she said.

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