Addicts get one last chance
CLOSE to jail or even death, broken men from all backgrounds arrive on the doorstep of Hervey Bay rehabilitation centre Transformations, searching for one last chance.
Some just throw that chance away.
But others walk away 12 months later ready to start their lives again.
When Pastor Darryn Yates meets these men he can never be sure whether they are going to fall into the first or second category, but he’s always willing to find out.
Transformations is a church-based rehabilitation program which provides intensive treatment to men with various addictions including drugs and alcohol and mental health issues.
The program has already been operating successfully through campuses in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
For the past three weeks, Pastor Yates has been helping staff and program participants settle into their new centre at the old Camp Barrawinga site in Hervey Bay.
Transformations is the only drug rehabilitation centre between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville, so Pastor Yates expects interest from all over the state.
So far 10 participants have moved into the premises which can cater for up to 30 people.
Pastor Yates said anyone who wanted to free themselves from addiction was welcome to apply but warned it was no picnic.
He said the program was intense and structured around a timetable to which everyone was expected to adhere.
He said participants would be provided with all the help they needed to change their lives but that any stretching of the rules – including abstaining from drugs and alcohol – would not be tolerated.
The team has been unable to secure government funding because of a Christian element to its service.
Pastor Yates hoped people would take the chance to find out about Transformations and see if there was a way it could help.
“We hope to impact people by appealing to their hearts and not the pockets,” he said.
“There are people here who are donating their time and expertise out of the goodness of their hearts and hopefully the community will see that and want to help.
For more information about the program visit www.transformations.net.au