This six-week live-in program is to reduce the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) for veterans.

The live-in stay at a country retreat is followed by three months of after-care when participants return to the community. Aftercare is conducted by phone or video conferencing (Skype, ZOOM or similar).

  • The COPE program commences on 21 February, 2022.

  • The program is free of charge to veterans who meet eligibility criteria. Criteria are set out below.

  • The program is evidence-based and modelled on the concept of COPE.

  • COPE stands for “Concurrent Treatment of PTSD & Substance Use Disorders using Prolonged Exposure”.

  • Under the COPE treatment model, PTSD and substance use disorder are treated at the same time, rather than as separate issues.

The developers of the COPE program, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, have trained therapists at The Buttery in the program’s implementation.

The Buttery is experienced in delivering trauma-informed treatments in a therapeutic community where participants support each other in their recovery.

The program provides; structured daily living; support through physical and psychological safety; acceptance and encouragement for every participant and support for healthy values and a healthy lifestyle.

The residential part of the program is held at a comfortable retreat on a peaceful acreage near Murwillumbah, NSW.

The residential stay involves good nutrition, group therapy, psycho-education, meditation, yoga, Pilates, massage, exercise and other activities to promote holistic recovery.

A healthy lifestyle

To be eligible participants should be:

  • Experiencing PTSD currently.

  • Affected by a substance use disorder.

  • Committed to remaining abstinent from substance use while in the program and to have undertaken a detoxification program prior to attending (if required).

  • A previous member of the Australian Defence Force (Army, Navy, Air Force).

Participants require a referral from a psychiatrist. (Details available from The Buttery Intake Team, please complete an on-line enquiry below or phone The Buttery Intake 02 6687 1111 Mon-Fri 9 to 4.30 AEDT OR you could download the Referral Form here and forward it to your psychiatrist.

The first Veterans COPE Recovery Program commences on 21 February, 2022 and runs for six weeks.

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