~ A community based addictions recovery and family care service  ~

Process of Recovery Aims:
Facilitating the restoration of the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual lives of ndividuals and families who have been affected by substance misuse

Ultimate goal:
Drug-free Lifestyle

B-Attitudes Inc. commenced on 14th January 2002, evolving from Churchill Community Care, which commenced on 13th January 2001, on the initiative of a then Community Care worker and two Clinical Nurses.  All three Founding Members are now qualified psychotherapists, one is a Certified Transactional Analyst in Psychotherapy, registered with Australian Association of Transactional Analysis (AATA),  International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), and are Clinical Members on the Register of  Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA). The service is a member of WA Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (WANADA).  Two of the founding members have a background in Registered Nursing and Midwifery.

All three founding members  have 19 years experience in drug dependency intervention in the community, including over 4 years experience in caring for individuals undergoing rapid opiate detoxification.  In their experience they each saw over 4000 receive rapid opiate detoxifications and cared for them on the day, immediately post detox and in their recovery afterwards. On commencement, the three saw the need for a non-residential community based facility in the metropolitan area of Perth as imperative to provide a community service to better attend the recovery needs of clients in their own environment. This combines to address the support needs of families and significant others, including parenting and relationship skills. To contracted clients B-Attitudes provides flexible availability of therapeutic relationship and connectedness in the community.  The service networks as an adjunct and link to other agencies thus ensuring continuity of care and client engagement in the drug and alcohol recovery network.

Churchill Community Care became incorporated at the end of 2001 and renamed B-Attitudes Inc. (Reference to Matthew 5). B-Attitudes gained an ABN registration on 27th March 2002, and endorsement as an income tax exempt charitable entity on 21st March 2002.  Endorsement as a deductible gift recipient as a public benevolent institution was issued in July 2002, effective from 7th March 2002.  Charitable Collections Licence was gained in 2007.

A community base in Subiaco with “peppercorn rent” was secured on 28th March 2002 to continue the much needed service, offering help to people with alcohol and/or opiate, amphetamine, marijuana, benzodiazepine and other drug addictions, and also to provide counselling  for family and significant others. This provided a base where a holistic approach, incorporating networking, was developed to facilitate recovery, hope and the building of positive living and relationship skills The base was funded by donations from community groups, and individuals for 2 ½ years – rental provided for the first year by The Humanity Trust, with provision for the second and third year by the Belgravia Group.  Soroptimist International, Perth and South Perth divisions have supported the service throughout in many ways.

Rent doubled in 2005 and to be cost effective, it was decided to give up the fixed base in January 2006,  and Soroptimist International of Perth  made available the use of their room in West Perth for meetings. Lotterywest supported a feasibility, strategic and business plan in 2007 and subsequently supported the purchase of a mobile office/people mover vehicle which doubles as conference/counselling setting taking the team to the people.

Donations had covered some running costs, including land line, mobile phone costs, electricity, printer ink and stationery.  The founding members worked unpaid for 2 ½ years from 2002 until B-Attitudes was awarded a 2-year Federal Department of Health and Ageing funding grant of $240,000 over 2 years from 2004 under the National Illicit Drug Strategy. This was  renewed for $240,000 for a further 2 years from 2006-2008, however despite good performance reports and having acquired a new mobile counselling vehicle and plans for expansion, B-Attitudes were informed 2 weeks before the end of the 2008  financial year that funding would not be renewed into the future.  B-Attitudes has continued with Committee of Management, founding members and new recovery facilitators working on a voluntary basis, with donations  covering basic running costs such as insurances, public liability, mobile counselling vehicle costs, audit and book-keeping.  A small Federal grant of $5,000 was gained 2010-2011 from Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs – FHCSIA Volunteer Grants.

Individuals receive  a subsidized service or free as need indicates, from the qualified B-Attitudes recovery facilitators. The majority of clients seeking help are between 16 and 28 years of age, of all cultures and socioeconomic status.  Help with life skills and relationships to maintain a life in recovery is offered.

B-Attitudes also offers a service to family and significant others, especially children.  Most significant others are traumatised and distressed and need counselling/psychotherapy to help cope with the effects of another’s substance abuse behaviours. Their loved one may or may not be a client of B-Attitudes. A proportion of significant others are children, mostly primary school age, whose physical and emotional health needs are addressed.

Fundraising initiatives to facilitate the training of other recovery facilitators, increase service strength, capacity and availability to ensure sustainability are ongoing.

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