The Matrix Program

The Matrix Program2019-04-18T02:24:30+00:00

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 collaborative relationships;
  2. Creating a client-centred therapeutic structure with expectations;
  3. Providing clinically relevant and evidence-based information and education;
  4. Evidence-based treatment approaches to meet client’s individual needs;
  5. Positive reinforcement and encouragement;
  6. Family engagement and education;
  7. Participation in self-help and community-based programs; and
  8. Periodic drug testing.

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

For more information download the Q.A.

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 Model program is delivered using an intensive outpatient approach. The initial phase consists of up to 20 weeks of regular and frequent contacts. The following 28 weeks provides skills training and social support. In the first 20 weeks, minimum contact of 3 sessions a week is required. The schedule will be determined between the participant and their assessing psychologist.

It is important the person in treatment keeps functioning in daily life. Therefore, emphasis will be on arranging appointments 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 of individual and group sessions. 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. Relapses need to be discussed with the participants’ Psychologist and both the participant and Psychologist will determine if extended time in the program is necessary.

Once a participant has successfully completed the program, should they require it, they are always welcome to attend future group sessions at any time for a small fee per group session (rebates may be claimed through Medicare with a GP referral).

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