THE WAVE CLINIC
Recovery is Possible
The Wave Clinic is a place of hope, not only for the young adults who walk through our doors but for the families who are able to find hope in a brighter future. Recovery from Metal Health concerns, Eating Disorders and Addictions takes courage, patience and determination. There is nothing linear about the recovery process. Our Young people explain that The Wave offered opportunities to be creative, to feel accepted and to feel supported in the recovery journey.
Our families and our young adults stay in close contact with us after they leave. In fact, many of them return to visit The Wave family and join us to mark special celebrations in their lives. Our families know that they can lean on us for support and advice, log after the treatment had been completed. We offer short stays, regular therapy sessions and support for all of young people for as long as they need us. There is no time limit or ceiling on our involvement; our family becomes your family as the story continues to unfold.
The Wave is a unique space. We made it that way. Our team create space, ‘The Wave Way’. We nurture, care, life and laugh with our young people; we believe in collaboration and recovery partnerships and most of all we believe that recovery is possible for every young person that we have the pleasure of meeting. Each has a story to tell and we have the ability to listen.
We are proud of our success stories, they increase month on month. We enjoy listening.
Lisa, 25. Sydney
Lisa now describes herself as having, "Well managed ADHD’. This is a really big step forward for Lisa. On admission she described much of her early adult life as feeling, ‘like a child, in a grown up body’. Lisa had not received a diagnosis in childhood. Instead she had difficulty completing school and has always felt that she has underachieved, in relationships, studying and life. Lisa suffered from depression and anxiety and on admission was concerned that she was relying on drugs to self medicate her unsettled moods. Lisa says, 'Medication works, it absolutely works. I felt like a child, anxious, too many thoughts, too many changes, Everything would just race through my head. I hated myself and I believed this was just what adult life was like’. 'I have gained Knowledge, understanding and education. I learnt about my unhelpful thoughts, I had to unlearn things that I thought were fact' 'medication gave me some space whist I had talk therapy to help me out. I realised that I didn’t need to suffer anymore’. Lisa added My advice is, get treatment. It takes trial and testing, you really do have to try to make sure that you get the right medication and the right therapy in the right place. It worked for me. I would like to be peer ADHD supporter in Australia. If I can feel so much better, I would like others to have that option too.
Lisa, February 2019
Lin, Mother. Malaysia
Watching our 27 year old son, sit in his room, barely leave the house was horrible for us. He would only leave to buy beer. He sat in his room alone. We did not want to believe that he was smoking drugs, it is our worst fear. When we found cannabis and other drugs, we were worried. Our son, had not worked for many months. Each time he had a job, it would last for a few months until the stress caused him to isolated and leave or be asked to leave. This has been happening on and off for 6 years. He looked lost, he is not able to sleep and often looked scared. Our son, was admitted to The Wave and quickly they helped to educated us on psychosis and serious mental illness. We had no real knowledge and felt some relief fro knowing that our son could be helped. It took sometime to get the right medication, at the right dose. During this time, our son had mental health therapy and made some friends for the first time in years. He found a new love of sport. Particularly Muay Thai. Our some left after 13 weeks and returns on an outpatient basis for follow up care.
Amanda, 15. London
'Just before my 15th birthday, I started cutting. My family thought was a bit down’. Amanda’s family contacted a London trauma therapist, who referred them to The Wave. ‘I now realise, how much I needed to get on the plane’. ‘I had started to fall out with teachers, miss classes, even hockey (which I used to love). Looking back, I just couldn’t concentrate.I thought it was because it was boring but now I can see how I was not really interested in anything or anyone’. "I realise now, looking back, how depressed I was’.Amanda successfully completed 10 weeks treatment in Primary Treatment at The Wave, Kuala Lumpur. She returned to her therapist in London, where she continues to be seen on an outpatient basis.
Mrs.M D Kuala Lumpur
Having completed 4 weeks primary residential treatment in Thailand, Mrs. M was referred to The Wave Outpatient services for psychiatric and psychological follow up and intensive family therapy. Our outpatient services team worked closely with our family therapist to provide follow on care and support for the family system, following a return from primary substance use disorder care.
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“I came to The Wave for multiple addictions.
I got to a point where I basically hit rock bottom and didn’t know where to turn.
I came here looking pretty frail, sick, scared, fearful, completely lost.
The program has helped me see things in a whole new way. I’m now getting up in the morning happily and wantingly. I’m actually starting to like myself. I’m just really, really enjoying life again.
Since being here, I’ve felt nothing but safe. ”
"I find that the way they do the treatment at The Wave is very different from other treatment centers.
It’s personalized for each client.
The client gets the attention they need, one-on-one, 24/7.
The client has a really good trust with the professional team here, which helps them open up and be honest about their stories, and feel very safe and secure in an environment that’s away from their home, away from the place that they used to use or have problems.”
Mohammad Kathrada, Recovery coach
Our Parent Advocates
Our Parent Advocates have experience of the treatment process. They understand the complexity of finding suitable treatment, the concerns and the fears. They have first-hand knowledge of building a trusting relationship with the treatment team and have spent many days and hours at The Wave, in family sessions and have been involved in the care and treatment planning for their family members.
Our Parent Advocates have pledged to help other families experiencing mental health, addiction on eating disorders. Each offering their time and guidance freely. As supporters of The Wave and providing guidance for others, they are part of The Wave extended family.
Dee has a story that moves from uncertainty and fear to progress and milestones. When we recently received a call to tell us that her son had secured his first paid job, we were delighted and full of hope for the future. Dee and her family are regular visitors to The Wave and her son, now considers the team her as friends and allies in his recovery process. There have been bumps along the way, through determination and love, all the bumps have been small ones. Dee has a powerful story of hope for families everywhere.
Carmel has become a friend too many young people and families who have passed through The Wave. Her bright smile and positive outlook are contagious. She not only brings us vast supplies of Australian goodies; she brings us a reminder of how unpredictability and despair can be replaced with a glowing smile, a success story and a gift for giving back to others.
As her daughter finalises her training in holistic practices (Reiki and TRE), we join them to celebrate one year of successful recovery. Carmel found that securing treatment in Australia was almost impossible. With one previous treatment episode the family felt further treatment could offer little hope for them. Having successfully completed and graduated primary treatment and with six months of secondary treatment, the family realise that they have come so far. We are exceptionally proud to call this family friends of The Wave and know that we will be in close contact for a very long time.
There's Always Hope
Recovery is not a journey that should be taken alone. Do you have questions?
Want to discuss your case? Are you looking to start the path to healing?
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