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Recovery if you are suffering from drug and alcohol dependency, domestic violence, depression, eating disorders and other life-altering conditions.

A safe place to live while you complete the Transformations program for men or the community4change program for women.

Located in Melbourne’s West, our residential houses facilitate recovery for women and men who are suffering from domestic violence, drug and alcohol dependency, depression, gambling issues and other life-altering conditions. The Program targets specific needs by introducing group sessions and practical teaching on issues such as conflict resolution, communication skills, identity and self-worth, life skills, literature and numeracy, workplace ethics, discipline and boundary setting. We are a client-centred, medium-term, drug-free, residential therapeutic community.


Services are provided within a structured, safe and supportive environment, which adopts an abstinence approach. A core concept of the therapeutic model is the intentional use of the peer community to promote constructive social and psychological change in individual residents - thus clients are highly involved in working with each other, on each other, and taking responsibility for charting their own progress.


The program utilises individual counselling and group work to achieve its goals. Group work encompasses educational, therapeutic and support groups addressing topics which include anger management, guilt, shame, social skills, assertiveness training, relapse prevention and nutrition. In addition to group work, each resident is assigned a caseworker who is responsible for tailoring interventions to the unique needs of the individual. These may include supporting residents while they address issues associated with the criminal justice systems, family and community services, housing and other legal/financial matters that may arise. 

As required, a counsellor is also allocated to assist each resident with their unique needs. 


Contact us or complete the online assessment today and we will contact you.


The initial four-week period is called 'Assessment'. This is where you become familiar with your new environment. It's a time of no interaction with the outside environment; a time of cutting off all ties to your old life. This is also a time of being nurtured and supported to stay committed to the program.


You will be assigned a "buddy " for guidance and accountability wherever you go.

Program Outline.....
first 12 weeks

  • Experience the benefits of a safe, addiction-free and victorious lifestyle, gain an understanding of basic human behaviours and develop life skills.

  • Learn how to make informed choices about future treatment needs and options.

  • Receive education on issues such as relapse prevention, relaxation, harms minimisation, infectious diseases, basic nutrition and conflict resolution.

  • Go through basic sessions on anger, shame, grief and loss, fear and guilt, and self-esteem.


​In addition, you will participate in work therapy throughout the program. This builds new skills, adds to building their confidence and self-worth, and also helps you understand organisation, structure, leadership, teamwork and work ethic.

second 12 weeks

During stage two of the program, you continue your recovery in a physical sense. The emphasis during this stage is on emotional and spiritual growth with the support of other participants and staff.

This stage involves:

  • Increased feelings of self-worth, gaining self-confidence in decision-making and learning through consequential thinking.

  • Restructuring lifestyles, developing healthy attitudes and activities, and setting realistic goals.

  • Exchanging false belief systems and learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy through self-regulating behaviour.

  • Addressing core issues including past trauma, grief, loss and shame.

  • Assuming greater responsibility for personal recovery, involvement in the running of the therapeutic community and supporting newcomers to the program.​

third 12 weeks

The third stage is where you take on a role of responsibility for the overall running of the program.


You learn:

  • Management and people skills, stress management and time management.

  • Selfless behavior and identify, and address power and control issues in their behaviour and belief systems.


​This is also the stage when you begin the process of networking and discussing an exit plan with staff to move into the transition phase

fourth 12 weeks

The fourth stage is also known as the transition stage - this is where you plan for integration back to the outside world.


You will be supported as you:

  • Volunteer time in some area of Dreambuilders centre4change.

  • Seek employment or vocational training.

  • Attend certain groups within the program.

  • Actively participating in continued growth and accountability with staff.


The fifth stage is graduation of the program and living in a supportive environment, maintaining a clean and sober life, and being a positive influence in the community.


Positive relationships and healthy boundaries are in place.