Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Living Life the Sunrise Way

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Living Life the Sunrise Way

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Byline: Peter Hardwick Peter.Hardwick@thechronicle.com.au

HELPING people to get free of addiction is a multi-tasked exercise and not just a case of getting them off substances.

It's also about preparing them for life back in the real world complete with life skills that will prevent them from falling back into bad habits, according to Sunrise Way rehab leader Carla Canning.

Toowoomba's leading live-in rehabilitation centre has 15 staff with a range of qualifications to help residents turn their lives around, she said.

"We want them to leave here healthy and with real life skills," Ms Canning said.

"Every resident is expected to chip in, some in the kitchen helping cook or cleaning, others outside maintaining the grounds.

"This is a home and we want them to treat it like their home so they have to do their share of work."

Sunrise Way has 20 beds with a 92% occupancy rate and a waiting list.

Most residents stay for between four and nine months depending on their needs. …

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