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.