Shifting Residential Addiction Treatment Paradigms

April 26, 2017

The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference is on next month at the Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast over the 15th – 17th May.

Confirmed Keynotes Include:

  • Associate Professor Petra Staiger, School of Psychology, Deakin University
  • Professor Olaf Drummer, Deputy Director Academic Programs, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
  • Professor Michael Farrell, Director, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre
  • Dr Andrew Campbell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Murat Yucel, Head of Addiction Program of Research, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), Monash University
  • Talitha Cummins, Journalist, Newsreader, Speaker & Advocate for change
  • Ms Sally McCarthy, Clinical Director, Emergency Care Institute NSW
  • Dr Tim MacDonald, Psychiatrist, Healthe Care

Mr Grant Robin, Treatment Services Manager at Lives Lived Well joins us next month to discuss ‘Moving Mountains: Shifting Residential Addiction Treatment Paradigms‘.

In Australia the dominant model of residential addiction treatment is based on the Therapeutic Community (TC) model developed by George De Leon in the 1980’s. Lives Lived Well has implemented the TC model in three residential services for over a decade with mixed results. While the TC treatment has benefited many people, we have become increasingly concerned about the number of people who leave treatment and do not complete the programs. This presentation will discuss the modifications we have made in our programs over the past year. Some of the changes include providing more individualized, collaborative and relational model of care, shorter length of stay and a greater emphasis on enhancing intrinsic motivation and commitment to change.

For more information on the upcoming 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference and to secure your spot, please visit


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