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There is hope the dark cloud can lift for ice addicts.
The Age. April 5, 2015
Read the article - Dr Jack Warhaft, an addiction medicine physician at Malvern Private Hospital, on the complex subject of addiction recovery.

Bush Telegraph Radio
21 Aug 2014
Listen to Stu Fenton discuss the current alarming trend of high drug abuse amongst tradespeople.

There is a way out of this nightmare.
By Stu Fenton, Herald Sun -
4 Sept 2014
Read the article - Stu Fenton is a recovering addict who now works a as counsellor and psychotherapist at Malvern Private Hospital shares his story.

MyMelbourne with Glenn Ridge, Mornings on MyMp -
4 June 2014
Listen to Ian Hardy, from Malvern Private Hospital discuss addiction, the effect on the life of an addict and their families, and how Malvern Private Hospital can help.

Malvern Private Hospital is Australia’s leading provider of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Recovery Treatment Programs. We also cater for non-substance abuse addictions such as gambling, shopping and internet addictions, within the context of Drug or Alcohol related dependency. Malvern Private Hospital is part of the Independent Private Hospitals of Australia, (IPHoA) and we specialise in a range of services, education and support to help individuals and their families reclaim their lives from the painful hold of addiction.

Malvern Private Hospital is a dedicated addiction rehabilitation and recovery program located in East Malvern, Victoria. It provides a 7 day detox, 14 day detox, and a 28 day residential, abstinence based Drug and Alcohol and other non-substance abuse, Addiction Rehabilitation Recovery Treatment Program. Clients are admitted under the dedicated care of our specialist multidisciplinary team consisting of, nursing staff, counsellors, addiction medical doctors, consultants and psychiatrists.

Our program is unique in that we offer:

A Private Hospital facility
The benefits of a Private Hospital include individual and tailored care for your specialised needs in the context of your recovery from addiction a day at a time. As a Private Hospital, Private Health Insurance excess and gap costs vary depending on the level of cover. Our staff will give an estimate of the fees prior to admission. We have contracts with most funds and claim directly from them.

The admission and referral process is initially via the phone and can be done by self-referral, GP or by other clinicians such as psychologists and counsellors.

For more information or to book an assessment time please call 03 9885 9621

A tailored individual care solution
Malvern Private Hospital has one of Melbourne's longest running Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres and offers an individual and tailored care solution catering to the needs of each individual client. Our aim to provide a rounded program, offering not only withdrawal from drugs and alcohol, but a range of therapies and tutorials to focus on mind, body and soul, restoring optimal health. Our dedication to our patients recovery makes us one of the leading Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres in Australia.

Before any person is admitted to the Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Recovery Treatment Program, they will undergo a pre-admission assessment by an Assessment Specialist. This is a face to face interview and takes about an hour. Our assessment staff will discuss client history, and thoroughly brief the client on all aspects of the program so they can make an informed decision as to whether the program is suitable for their needs.

Clients are admitted under the dedicated care of our specialist multidisciplinary team consisting of, nursing staff, counsellors, addiction medical doctors, consultants and psychiatrists. Our team work together to provide you with the highest level of support and encouragement.

We seek to achieve prompt and timely admission because we realise that clients and their families often share a great sense of urgency when the opportunity for treatment presents itself.

Abstinence based program
Malvern Private Hospital ensure that patients are discharged free of Alcohol and Drugs, that’s why we are considered one of the best Rehabilitation Centres Melbourne has to offer. We do not prescribe maintenance doses of medication, as we believe this is a benefit to long-term success. We also firmly believe that abstinence is possible. The program at Malvern Private Hospital is based on the Minnesota/12 Step facilitation model, which we believe is the most effective and leading program available in Australia.

The 28 Day Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Treatment Program
Malvern Private Hospital offers bright, newly renovated surroundings during your stay. Clients are admitted into the intensive 28 day residential Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Recovery Treatment Program. The residential stay encompasses elements of detoxification and rehabilitation. The program attempts to replicate a normal living environment within the confines of a hospital. Clients need to be a minimum age of 21 years of age to be accepted into the program.

The Withdrawal (Detoxification) phase
Detoxification is different for every client and the detoxification process can last for several days. We do not prescribe maintenance doses of medication. Instead, clients are weaned off substances as quickly as medical assessment allows.

During the detoxification or withdrawal period, we will do everything possible to ensure clients are as comfort as possible and closely monitor their physical condition. We encourage non drug alternatives where possible during the detoxification period, and work together as a team to support clients during the process.

The Rehabilitation phase

  • Introduction to a range of therapeutic approaches to recovery, from trained, experienced and dedicated staff.
  • Psychological interventions include Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) and role-plays scenarios.
  • Individual and group counselling sessions.
  • Therapeutic listening and problem solving programs, focusing on specific situations with individually tailored strategies.
  • Art therapy.
  • Exercise: walks, yoga or relaxation sessions.
  • Intensive group therapy, sharing experiences and stories with others in recovery.
  • Healthy ways to reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
  • Real time practice in attending AA meetings, NA meetings, GA meetings and in-house meetings.
  • Formal discharge planning to increase the likelihood of success after discharge.
  • Liaison with recovery support accommodation providers where needed.
  • A separate support and education program for families.

Discharge Planning
The treating team will collaborate with the client during their stay to prepare a plan for discharge and beyond. This discharge plan includes:

  • Attendance at the Day Program and After Care Programs.
  • Continued education and support at the Family Support Program if needed, so they understand how to best support recovery.
  • Attend AA/NA/GA meetings on a regular, ongoing basis.
  • Develop a relationship with support persons such as a sponsor, counsellor or therapist.
  • Develop a crisis management plan.
  • Address urgent practical problems before discharge.

Day Program
Aware that addiction is a chronic and relapsing condition, a 2-4 week Day Program is run at the hospital, once clients have completed the 28 day residential stay. We know that relapse prevention is central to long term recovery, so during this time clients return daily for ongoing sessions and counselling.

Aftercare Program
Aftercare Program is scheduled weekly at the hospital. This program assists clients with their ongoing individual recovery, helping them maintain abstinence, and provides an opportunity for clients to talk about their recovery post Malvern Private Hospital. Our staff also make follow up calls to each client at weeks 1, 4 and 8, as well as 3,6,12 and 18 months.

Family Support Program
Our Family Support Program is open to the public and families are welcome to come before, during and after their loved one has entered a program.

Malvern Private Hospital recognises that addiction not only affects an individual’s health, but also every facet of their lives. Our Family Support Program aims to inform, educate, encourage and inspire family members to develop strategies to cultivate and grow a new approach to their life and the relationship with the affected family member.

No matter where a loved one is on their journey, be it still in the grip of active addiction or on the road to recovery, family members can still come to the Family Support Program because they will discover a fountain of information, support, sharing and solutions.
The Family Support Program is facilitated by a qualified member of our professional staff. Each group has a fee attached.

A Family Support Program information pack can be obtained by calling the hospital, alternatively places can be booked by calling 03 9885 9621

Cater to people over 21 years of age
Why we have a minimum age? We have found that peer (i.e. fellow travellers in recovery) support and identification is central to recovery. To that end we notice that those generally below the age of 21 benefit more from programs that cater specifically to that age group. Each age group has various issues that pertain to that age and stage of life.

Medical services
Psychiatrists, Addiction Medicine Specialists and General Practitioners will oversee your medical needs during your admission. Many comorbid or dual diagnosis psychiatric and medical conditions can thus also be treated during your admission. However, we are not a facility for treating psychiatric conditions of those who do not have addictions.

Malvern Private Hospital has an on-going relationship with industry sectors associated with the safety sensitive professions such as Medical, Nursing, Aviation and Transport to ensure their compliance with returning to the workforce. However, please speak with Assessment staff for further information by calling
03 9885 9621

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