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Odyssey House Celebrates 33 Years

Odyssey House opened its doors to celebrate its 33rd anniversary on Sunday.
The drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre at Eagle Vale has helped more than 33,000 people overcome their problems since 1977.
The open day recognised graduating clients, thanked staff and supporters and educated the public about the centre’s work.
About 100 clients currently live at the centre, which includes a withdrawal unit, non-residential counselling, after care and a unique family program who live together in self-contained cottages while the parents undertake rehabilitation.
There was also multicultural art displays show on the day and a sausage sizzle.
Odyssey House chief executive James Pitts said the open day was a great way for the public to find out what rehab entails.
“There are no easy answers to the problems of drug misuse and the reality is that alcohol and other drug problems are not confined to an isolated few,” he said.
“However, research – and experience - has consistently shown that drug rehabilitation can work.
‘‘Seventy perent of a sample of Odyssey House residents were drug-free and crime-free three years after completing treatment, according to the Australian Treatment Outcome Study conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre.”