Against the odds: Former Buttery resident Kaiden is mentor, artist and athlete.

2020-06-25T23:07:27+10:00November 1st, 2019|Addiction, Be inspired, Proven strategies, Rehab|

Buttery staff can often be overheard talking in awe about the achievements of Kaiden Powell - the 2015 Therapeutic Community resident-turned-mentor, artist and athlete. At 25, Kaiden Powell was in and out of out of mental health units or sleeping rough. He had attempted to take his own life and when doctors took a [...]

More people treated for drug & alcohol issues, yet the waiting lists grow on NSW North Coast

2020-06-30T13:00:27+10:00April 18th, 2019|Addiction|

“It’s time for funding to meet demand”Thursday, April 18, 2019: A report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released yesterday revealed an increase in Australians accessing drug and alcohol treatment services, despite an increase in waiting times for The Buttery’s drug and alcohol treatment programs on the Mid and North Coast.According to [...]

The Family Program gently led me from heartbreak to healing

2020-06-25T22:59:22+10:00April 17th, 2019|Addiction, Be inspired, Rehab, Stress, Wellbeing|

Karen* admits she was at the end of her tether when she has referred to The Buttery’s Family Counselling Program two years ago. The program, funded wholly by donations, has been a vital part of The Buttery’s services, since 2009. Karen, her partner and ex-husband are among the staggering number of 250 program participants [...]

“A dance between connection and separation”: A Family’s Understanding of Developmental Processes in Addiction

2020-06-30T12:53:04+10:00April 1st, 2019|Addiction, Alcohol, Be inspired, Buttery research|

Recently, Lily Schmelzle, The Buttery’s Family Support Program Manager, gave a moving, nuanced and evidence-based presentation to Buttery staff titled: Developmental Processes and how it plays out in addiction within families. We thought it would be valuable for anyone with a loved one experiencing drug misuse. Lily Schmelzle: The Buttery’s Family Support Program Manager [...]

An evaluation of the maintenance to abstinence (MTA) program in achieving abstinence in opioid users and improving mental health and quality of life

2020-06-30T13:06:01+10:00February 16th, 2019|Addiction, Be inspired, Buttery research, Rehab|

MTA OUTCOMES RESEARCH MTA OUTCOMES RESEARCH ABSTRACT Background: Residential opioid rehabilitation aims to improve the mental health and quality of life of opioid users through abstinence and residential program participation. This study aimed to determine the depression, anxiety, stress and quality of life amongst [...]

“Before the Family Support Group, I felt so alone”

2018-08-13T09:47:48+10:00August 13th, 2018|Addiction, Alcohol, Be inspired, Depression, Happiness, Proven strategies|

Everyone thought Kathryn was living the dream -- a North Coast lifestyle, three young boys, and a husband of 19 years. Before walking into her first Family Support Group session last year, nobody outside of her family knew the shame and anger she carried as the partner of someone living with mental health and drug [...]

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