Staff

Professional Care

Our qualified staff at the Gold Coast Addiction & Treatment Rehab are addiction specialists who understand the complex journey of rebuilding our lives. We have walked this journey of recovery and are able to relate to your needs and struggles. This personal experience with addiction gives us compassion and insight into the recovery process to support you through every step of your journey.

We provide 24-hour care and only have a maximum of six clients at any one time, with a client to staff ratio of 2:1. This means we work alongside you up close and personal during the group therapy and the individual counselling. Our treatment team are here to make sure your stay with us is as safe and comfortable as possible. We have a visiting doctor at our facility to make sure that your medical needs are addressed. We will also accompany you to any additional medical appointments and / or pharmacy dispensary if necessary. Our staff will supervise your Webster pack medication to ensure everything goes smoothly and safely.

Your treatment team includes a caring team of specialised Alcohol and Drug (AOD) workers, counsellors, psychologists and a private visiting doctor as well as our Clinical Director who has 27 years of experience in addiction and is a Dual Diagnosis Consultant on the Gold Coast.

We also believe addiction treatment works well alongside complementary therapies. All clients are offered complementary therapies as a matter of personal choice. Finding emotional balance and relaxation is vital part of relapse prevention strategies. Our team will help you design a wellbeing routine that will suit your recovery program.

Our complementary therapists offer a range of modalities to complement your addiction treatment, including:

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure, Reflexology and Bowen therapy
  • Naturopathy
  • Diet, supplementation and nutritional advice
  • Swimming, water and spa therapy
  • Far Infra-Red therapy

During the assessment stage we will offer you the opportunity if you want to go to an integrative doctor near you that will test your biochemistry levels to determine if you have any medical concerns that impact your recovery and health, such as; unbalanced methylation levels, pyrol, nutrient deficiencies (zinc, B vitamins etc) that compromise your mental health and general wellbeing. This integrative medical care will continue during your stay with us.

Our Team

George Patriki has over 7 years lived experience as an ex-addict himself and spent over 10 years accessing various treatment and recovery programs to work through the underlying issues. Soon after exiting the drug culture in 1983, George began reaching out to people with substance abuse issues and has 27 years of clinical experience as a counsellor, educator and clinical supervisor.

Since 1992, he has developed this commitment into a full time vocation and career as a Dual Diagnosis Consultant on the Gold Coast and throughout Australia. George has spent countless hours helping thousands of people affected by drug & alcohol issues as well as concurrent mental health concerns.

George is committed to reaching out to people struggling with addictive behaviours, particularly those with severe life controlling problems due to significant trauma. He works in areas of court advocacy, counselling, outreach, running community forums, seminars and recovery groups for drug users (including dual & multiple diagnosis) and their loved ones.

George Patriki

 CLINICAL DIRECTOR

 

George’s areas of specialty include:

  • Psycho-Dynamic & Trauma Model Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Brief and Early Intervention

George’s qualifications include:

  • Diploma in AOD (Alcohol & Other Drugs)
  • Diploma in Mental Health
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in Comorbidity (AOD & Mental Health)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health: Addiction Studies
  • Certificate IV T.A.A. (Training And Assessment)
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Community Welfare
  • Certificate IV in Community Development
  • Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

George has Accreditation with Victorian Department of Human Services as a Clinical Drug Assessor. He also conducts basic & advanced training in drug & alcohol and mental health issues and delivers RPL assessment, training & upskilling in Certificate IV and Diploma in Community Services. He also offers clinical supervision for individuals & organisations and lectures in tertiary institutions, government and non-government organisations. George is also accredited with VicRoads in Victoria, Australia as a Clinical Supervisor for agencies that deliver Drink and Drunk Driver Behaviour Change Programs.

We will introduce you to the rest of our treatment team at the Gold Coast Addiction & Treatment Rehab when we welcome you into our program.