Recovery and Support Program (RaSP): A group model of complex care for people with a dual diagnosed substance use disorder, and co-occurring mental illness.
What is RaSP?
RaSP is a post-withdrawal, non-residential, harm reduction group program for people who are dependent on alcohol or other drugs and are often struggling with co-occurring mental illness.
RaSP offers post-withdrawal treatment and support for clients exiting Community Residential Withdrawal Units or Acute Psychiatric In Patient Units or PARC.
RaSP facilitators use Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), in particular the Matrix model. Participants are trained to use the ACT matrix to track any lapses that occur, and to notice the interaction between mental experiences and behaviour, and how that behaviour leads them towards or away from the people and things that are important to them.
Clients can be experiencing problems from use of any substance. RaSP is oriented to recovery by building a life worth living. We invite all accepted RaSP participants to begin to consider, three changes they could make during RaSP, outside of abstaining from using, that would improve their quality of life.
RaSP is a 3 year research pilot and uses psychometric follow up and program evaluations in order to track progress and make improvements to the program.
Key program components include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Training
- Matrix sorting
- Creating a Life Worth Living
- Peer Support
- After RaSP access to ACT Peer Recovery
Participants attend 2 full day group meetings per week for 8 weeks. The program has an assertive outreach component by RaSP facilitators which involves telephone coaching and follow-up at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months post completion of the program.
What are the requirements to attend RaSP?
- Participants must be at least 24 years of age as below this, they access young adult service.
- Participants must have completed withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs.
- A willingness to complete the program free from intoxication. RaSP is an abstinence-based, harm reduction, post withdrawal model.
- Basic English literacy, as there is some reading and writing involved
- Attend a Pre-admission appointment prior to commencing RaSP
- Commit to 3 life directions based on who and what’s important to you
The 2 Group attendance days are a Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-3.15pm over an 8 week period.
Why get involved?
The program has achieved exceptional completion rates and dramatic change across a range of psychosocial and drug use measures. RaSP takes a biopsychosocial approach to recovery, and acknowledges that the link between substance use and mental illness is bidirectional. We provide participants with comprehensive wrap around support to assist them to deal with their addictions and co-occurring mental and physical health issues.
In 2017, RaSP was nominated as a finalist in the Victorian Public Health Care Awards, and was highly commended in the Minister for Mental Health Award for clinical excellence in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians.
What do previous participants say about RaSP?
“The matrix is life changing”
“RaSP helped me focus my mind”
“The matrix opened my eyes to my behaviours”
“The facilitators have a real knowledge of addiction”
“Gained strategies, connections, peer support, knowledge and personal growth”
“Confidence, friendships, laughter and learning”
For people not linked with any Drug and Alcohol or Public Adult Mental Health Service, contact RaSP Facilitators to discuss entry to the program.
Tel: 03 9231 2638
Mob: 0447 055 695
Location: St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Dept. of Addiction Medicine, 38 Fitzroy St.
Please refer to the RaSP Flyer for more information about entry into RaSP.
We invite you to sit with feelings of discomfort, and continue to work towards creating a life worth living!
For Health Professionals
Services wanting to refer clients to RaSP are requested to email new referrals providing completed Step One: Initial Screen: Client Self-Assessment and Step Two: Comprehensive AOD Assessment via email to RaSP@svha.org.au. Please note, our intake day is Monday only of each week. Referrals received through the week, will be responded to on Mondays.
Both Step one and step two assessment documents can be downloaded here:
Please refer to the RaSP Flyer for more information about referral to RaSP.