You may not feel it in this moment but recovery is possible

The Overcomers Place is a caring, connected, community for those overcoming any addiction. We provide a structured day program from Monday to Thursday for anyone wanting to work towards abstinence. We also run a supporters group once a week.

Our Aim is to help YOU recover.

It all starts with asking for help. The Overcomers Place is now open to serve those hurting from ANY addiction by providing an accessible, effective and sustainable service for individuals and families to live beyond the harms and hurts of addiction in a new place of hope and healing.

“The process of learning how to stay sober and abstinent in a state of psychophysiological dysregulation is a process that brings with it a powerful sense of mastery, of triumph over what once felt impossible”.

Dr Janina Fisher

During COVID-19 we continue our staged opening throughout 2021. The Overcomers Place is complying with current NSW Covid Guidelines and all appropriate precautions will be taken as per government regulations for AOD Support Groups.

Accessible: The Overcomers Place is provided free of charge. The Overcomers Place provides a door of opportunity when the gift of desperation demands we change. An individual can self refer at that very moment of change. After an initial phone call or email, the individual is invited to attend an assessment. There is a one-off donation for this assessment.

During the assessment interview, specific goals for your recovery are determined collaboratively and an attendance contract agreed.Progress is reviewed throughout your attendance at The Overcomers Place.

Effective: The Overcomers Place provides an intensive structured day program from 10.30am to 2.30pm free of charge from Monday to Thursday. This day program is facilitated by specialised addiction counsellors trained at enhancing mutual aid through group therapy. Group work has been identified as the most effective service for recovery rates beyond three years abstinence by Dr John Kelly, Harvard Medical School.

Addiction destroys social connections. Yet our human biology is wired for social groups. Effective regular, titrated group work allows for a safe change process as it enables integration of new neural synapses that in turn support changed relational behaviours. The intensive group structure provides the extensive and necessary repetitive practice for these neural structures to be developed and maintained.

Additionally the 12 step principles are specifically addressed through a series of workshops and meetings available during your time at The Overcomers Place. The Thursday program is dedicated to 12 step work.

Sustainable: The Overcomers Place is supported and funded by a group of dedicated volunteers who have provided premises and administrative support so that our service can be free of charge to the individuals accessing recovery groups. Our costs are substantially smaller than those incurred by comparative residential facilities as we do not provide accommodation. The Overcomers Place is non residential and our services are provided within the community. Attendance commitments are individually tailored in the initial assessment.

Prior to acceptance into the program, you must book an initial assessment with one of the specialised counsellors at The Overcomers Place. This involves a structured interview and psychometric assessments.

Meeting room at TOP Gladesville

Program Structure

“Consistent messages of safety and approachability allow damaged neural and relational circuits to reboot, come online and support new learning”

(p.95) A process Dr Jon Baylin and Dr David Hughes call “enriched caregiving” (p.99) (The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy: Enhancing Connection and Trust 2016)

WELCOME to The Overcomers Place where our program structure is designed to be safe whilst creating human connections in a safe caring community by rebooting and supporting that relational circuitry. Our group counselling is attachment sensitive aimed at reversing insecure attachment internal working models. Addiction ravages and destroys the hope of connecting to anything other than a substance or behaviour. There is hope of overcoming.

Weekly Program

Monday Addictions Group 10.15am – 2:30pm

All addictions therapy group on Monday mornings for 10:15am-12:00pm, followed by Relapse Prevention skills group in the afternoon from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Group led by experienced addictions specialist Jonathan Martin, ex Glebe House Manager.

Bookings and intake assessment required for attendance.

Tuesday Addictions focused DBT Group 10:15am – 2:30pm

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills group on Tuesday mornings from 10:15am – 12:00pm, followed by DBT practice and meditation group in the afternoon from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Full day attendance.

Bookings and intake assessment required for attendance. Next opening for this closed 8-week group is March 23, 2021. Currently Full. Next intake will be June 1, 202.

Wednesday Addictions Group 10:15am – 2:30pm

All addictions therapy group on Wednesday mornings from 10:15am – 12:00pm, followed by Relapse Prevention skills group in the afternoon from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Group led by experienced Addictions Specialist Mark Stevens.

Bookings and intake assessment required for attendance.

Thursday Addictions Group 10:15am – 2:30pm

Addictions 12 step discussion group on Thursday mornings from 10:15am – 12:00pm. Bookings and intake assessment required.

Followed by a safe AA meeting in the afternoon. This group regularly has over 100 years of recovery experience shared and it helps welcome all into the world and language of the most successful recovery program in the world – Alcoholics Anonymous.This meeting can be attended in person or on zoom at Meeting ID: 832 6476 6875 Password: GreenDoor

Additionally on Thursdays we have a Family and Friends supporters group on Thursday afternoons from 1:00pm – 2:30pm. Bookings preferred for attendance at this group. Anyone affected by another person’s addiction is welcome to attend. If they bring along the one struggling they can attend the AA group upstairs

We ask anyone wishing to attend one or all of these services to commit to attending for a period of four weeks initially before a collaborative review of your progress and determination of a second stage commitment once you have engaged in your recovery. This can be individually tailored to meet any other commitments.

Addiction is a complex condition manifesting symptoms across a wide dimension of biopyschosocial and spiritual concerns. Abstinence is a prerequisite for safety and self care. Substances and behaviours that once felt life-saving have now become dangerous to one’s life. A recovery program is essential in the battle against impulsivity and those ‘quick fix’ attitudes. Take that first step and make a booking with us…