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Congratulations on starting the process
to recovery and finding hope and happiness

At The Salvation Army START program
we are aware of the significant impact of addiction
on health, mental health, lifestyle and family members.

We have trained and skilled people to come along side,
supporting, as you walk the journey of recovery.
All our staff are qualified practitioners with many years of experience in the AOD sector
and some understand addiction firsthand
and have their own success story from the START program.

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I walked through the doors at START lost, isolated, disconnected, physically and mentally drained with 33 years of drug addiction. Thanks to the support of the START program I have now made changes that I never thought possible

Understanding Addiction

Alcohol and substance use is often the result of a deeper personal issue, that the addict may be unaware of, some sort of trauma or personal crisis that they are unable to cope with. Often we find addicts have suffered some sort of abuse or they feel they just don't fit in and begin to use substances to numb the pain or fill a void.

Once a person starts to use a substance they immediately feel a sense of relief and peace, however this is short lived. As they continue to use they loose all ability to control how much they take and problems start to surface—relationships suffer as the user becomes unpredictable and difficult to live with—work begins to suffer, as they are not putting in their best. Finances can become an issue as drugs and alcohol are expensive to sustain. Legal issues can begin to surface from acts of crime, drink driving and other circumstances. The user will have health issues; depression, phycotic episodes and other health problems can manifest. They become trapped in a dangerous cycle where substance use numbs the pain for a while.  We can help break this cycle    Find Out More

Cycle of Addiction

Cycle of addiction

Why the Salvation Army START program?

At The Salvation Army START we value human dignity, justice, hope, compassion and community. Our staff have many years experience and have seen many success stories—restoring suffering people's sense of worth and dignity. We look to help the individual break free—in mind, body and spirit to making healthy choices and decisions.


Steps to get started

1. Ring for an appointment 0437 951 545

2. Discuss the program with a friendly staff member face to face.
There is no red tape, no wait time, just a simple shortened process to get started.

3. Complete an induction to learn the next steps

4. Attend the day classes Monday to Thursday 9:30am–2pm.
Each session is 50 minutes in duration.
The more sessions attended the more results will be obtained.

5. Certificate of course completion—a celebration!

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Our Model

Our Model - Case Management, Individual counselling, and Group Therapy


If you are on a never ending cycle with addiction,
which ever kind of addiction you have,
do you want to stay in that place?
We can partner with you to help you overcome this illness.
We understand, as we have had many years of experience walking with people
and seeing them move into a life of happiness and success.
Addiction is not a battle to fight on your own.
We understand what you are going through.
Pick up the phone and call us. There are no waiting lists.
We offer individual counselling, group therapy, personal development
and a road to success.

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Our Location

Enter carpark off Parkhill Drive near the corner of Ernst Wanke Road Berwick
Only pedestrian entry off Mirrabook Court  More Directions

From Berwick Station
Take the Bus 834 - from Berwick Station and exit at Parkhill Shopping complex. 

From Narre Warren Station
Take Bus 835 from Narre Warren Station and exit at Parkhill Shopping complex. 

From Fountain Gate shopping Centre
Take Bus 835 from Fountain Gate Shopping Centre  and exit at Parkhill Shopping complex.

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