Tina Embrey, a director and case manager at Bayside Transformations, is thrilled the centre is starting up a women’s residential rehabilitation house.
Tina Embrey, a director and case manager at Bayside Transformations, is thrilled the centre is starting up a women’s residential rehabilitation house. Alistair Brightman

Drug centre helps women

ALMOST three years after a rehabilitation centre for men opened in Hervey Bay, a rehab program for women will soon be starting.

Bayside Transformations has been a treatment centre for men since it started operating in 2010, but next month separate premises capable of housing and treating up to six women at a time will open for the first time.

Director and manager Tina Embrey said she was excited that the centre would "finally have a place for women to go" as they sought treatment for substance abuse.

The men and women's facilities would be at the same address and although housing would be separate, men and women would share in parts of the same rehabilitation program, Ms Embrey said.

In the men's centre there were 20 treatment places available.

Fourteen of those were filled, Ms Embrey said, adding that she hoped similar numbers would be available for women at the centre in the future.

"It is up to six women at this point, until we see what the need is," Ms Embrey said.

Transformations are the only drug rehabilitation centre between the Sunshine Coast and Townsville.

REHABILITATION

At Transformations, the program is made up for four stages and the average duration of each stage is 12 weeks.

The women's rehabilitation centre will open in September.

For more information call 4194 6621, fax 4194 6676 or email info.tbtb@gmail.com.



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