ARTM follows the Therapeutic Community approach, which means that the community itself, through self-help and mutual support, is the principal means for promoting personal change.
The client community work together with staff to overcome the problem of substance dependence and promote personal change. At ARTM, clients (referred to as residents) and staffs participate in the management and day to day operation of the TC community, providing a cohesive and safe environment.
Residents are encouraged to take responsibility for them and build their awareness of the effect their behaviour has on themselves and on the community around them.
Throughout the TC program, residents are encouraged to take on increasing levels of responsibility in the running of the community. As a resident moves through the various stages of the program they receive increased levels of responsibility matched with increased personal time and self-determined choices.
Throughout the program, there is a strong focus on social, psychological and behavioural dimensions of substance use, with the use of the community to heal individuals emotionally, and support the development of behaviours, attitudes and values of healthy living.
The therapeutic environment provides a unique opportunity for a holistic program. The program includes formal structured group sessions on topics such as relapse prevention, recovery orientated and harm reduction topics. In addition, residents have the opportunity of active learning and practising social skills such as working together, relaxing together, decision-making opportunities, problem-solving, empathising, reaching out and helping others, which all play a vital role in their recovery process.
Harm reduction aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease and injury from high-risk behaviour.
It involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.
Long-term Residential Addiction Treatment for both Male and Female (12 months) which incorporates bio-psychosocial model; therapeutic community and methadone- to abstinence – residential (MTAR) program with a relapse prevention follow up.
On completion of the 12 month program there is an option to attend the life-long graduate group.