The Program

The Matrix Program provides participants and their family members with knowledge, skills and strategies crucial to understand relapse and maintain recovery from addiction.

The program aims to:

  • Assist participants to gain a sense of control back into their lives;
  • Provide education about addiction, relapse and recovery;
  • Offer opportunities to practise new skills;
  • Develop strong supportive networks;
  • Facilitate new ways of problem solving and stress management;
  • Encourage steps towards positive change; and
  • Improve resilience.

The Program

The Matrix Program provides participants and their family members with knowledge, skills and strategies crucial to understand relapse and maintain recovery from addiction.

The program aims to:

  • Assist participants to gain a sense of control back into their lives;
  • Provide education about addiction, relapse and recovery;
  • Offer opportunities to practise new skills;
  • Develop strong supportive networks;
  • Facilitate new ways of problem solving and stress management;
  • Encourage steps towards positive change; and
  • Improve resilience.

Eight Guiding Principles

The Matrix Program is based on the following 8 guiding principles.

  1. Establishing positive and respectful relationships;
  2. Creating a client-centred therapeutic structure;
  3. Providing clinically relevant and evidence-based information and education;
  4. Incorporating a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches to meet client’s individual needs;
  5. Ensuring positive reinforcement and encouragement;
  6. Supporting families and friends engagement and education;
  7. Encouraging participants to master life by engagement in self-help and community-based programs; and
  8. Random and periodic drug testing.

Engagement Process

Engaging in an intensive long-term program is a big commitment. The Matrix Program is not for everyone. The first step of the entry to the program is to attend an  information session with one of our Psychologists.   During this session, we will provide an explanation of the program and the commitments expected.  You will then be invited to participate in two Matrix Program sessions.  This will give you the experience of the program and a better understanding of the commitments.

Once a person commits to engage in the program, they will undergo a psychological assessment.  This assists with treatment planning and highlights any other mental health issues that may coincide with the substance use.  

If the person is not ready to commit to such an intensive program, or the assessment indicates the person would benefit from alternative interventions, they will be  provided with referral options.

After the initial stand-alone assessment and if the client considers this approach suitable, the Matrix Program fee is a set weekly amount.

For more information Matrix Program Information

Engagement Process

Engaging in an intensive long-term program is a big commitment. The Matrix Model is not for everyone. The first step of the entry to the program is to undergo a two-hour information and assessment appointment. During this session, the psychologist will explain the program fully and the commitments expected from the participant, as well as conduct a psychological assessment to determine if this is the right program for the individual.

Once a person commits to engage in the program, they will meet with a Matrix Psychologist and plan their treatment schedule for the first 20 weeks.

If the person is not ready to commit to such an intensive program, or the assessment indicates the person would benefit from alternative interventions, they are provided with referral options.

After the initial assessment and if the client considers this approach suitable, the Matrix Program is a set weekly fee. The fee schedule is available for download from the referrals section.

Treatment Schedule

The Matrix Program is delivered using an intensive outpatient approach. The initial phase consists of attending a minimum of 3 sessions a week for 20 weeks.   The following 28 weeks requires a minimum attendance of 1 session per week and provides skills training and social support. 

It is important the person in treatment keeps functioning in daily life. Therefore, emphasis will be on arranging appointments and attendance to group sessions, to fit within a participant’s work and family commitments. In some cases, especially in the early phase of treatment, the participant will be required to make a commitment to the program which is likely to interfere with some of his or her daily tasks.

Treatment consists predominantly of group sessions with 3 individual sessions to ensure the participant is on track with their recovery.   Should it be determined additional individual psychological treatment is required, the participant has the option to engage their own external psychologist or engage with an Ashcliffe psychologist.

 Any missed sessions will need to be “made up” in order to complete all the treatment goals.  A participant’s time in the program can be extended,  if he/she relapses or misses sessions. Relapses do not mean failure of the program.  There is a set protocol when a participant relapses with the aim of returning them to the program asap.  In the Matrix Program we understand relapse is part of addiction and provide participants with relapse management and prevention strategies to keep them safe and support a quick return back to recovery.

Please note: Graduation from the program requires 48 weeks abstinence.  

Once a participant has successfully completed the program, should they require it, they are always welcome to attend future group sessions at any time free of charge.

Fees

The initial enquiry session with one of our Matrix Program team is $50.00.

After this the opportunity to attend 2 Matrix Sessions is free.

If you decide the Matrix Program is the right program for you there is a $250.00 enrolment fee.  The initial fee of $50 will be deducted from this amount.

The program costs $175.00 a week for the first 20 weeks of the intensive phase.   Once a person is abstinent for 20 weeks and passes through the intensive phase the fee drops to $90 a week for 28 weeks until the participant reaches 1 year abstinent.

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