Mirikai Therapeutic Community – Lives Lived Well (Burleigh Heads, QLD) is a specialist alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility located at West Burleigh on the Gold Coast. People aged up to 35 years may be accepted on a case by case basis. Based on a Therapeutic Community model, our residents live together and support each other to learn, grow and recover in a drug-free setting.
Our goal is to see lives lived well – free from harmful drug or alcohol use.
Our program runs over four stages.
Assessment and admission – during the first three weeks, you will be allocated lodgings and helped to settle into the community. You will be assessed, undertake a medical examination and be introduced to the program.
Safety net – is an eight-week intensive living and life skills program, most carried out in a group setting. Groups cover:
- health and hygiene
- self esteem
- relapse prevention
- communications skills and
- anger, anxiety and stress management.
Treatment – is a 13-week stage, focusing on teamwork, developing positive relationships and changing belief systems.
Re-entry – it can take up to six weeks. You will be assisted in returning to the community. Supported accommodation can be provided.
At Burleigh on the sunny Gold Coast, Mirikai offers a residential alcohol and drug treatment program, which is part of a continuous package of care. While staying with us in a safe and drug-free environment, you will undertake an evidence-based live-in program, which provides strategies to help you:
- reduce substance use
- manage life challenges
- develop goals
- and prevent relapse, towards supporting lives free from the harms of drugs or alcohol.
How long is the program?
The live-in program is delivered over six-week cycles, with the flexibility to be extended up to twelve weeks depending on your individual recovery. As part of a package of treatment, you can access:
- six weeks to three months live-in treatment
- free before and after service support
- transitional accommodation
- free community-based counselling and support.
You can receive support from the moment you contact us, until you are fully settled back into the community. That’s because you can access Lives Lived Well services before, during and after your stay.
Before you enter Mirikai, you can see a Lives Lived Well counsellor in the community for free and get immediate support. We will also help you prepare to enter residential treatment.
At Mirikai we aim to walk alongside, listening with respect, curiosity and acceptance. We see it as our role to create a safe, supportive and structured environment that inspires genuine and lasting change.
Our treatment program aims to capture best practice and deliver quality care with qualified facilitators. Serving the community, we put our experience, connections and dedication into changing lives. We work closely with other services in the areas of mental, oral, sexual and general health, Centreline and legal support.
You will receive one-to-one counselling in which you can set goals, ask questions and guide your treatment. We bring empathy and collaboration to our approach, believing you are the ultimate decision-maker in your future.
You will be encouraged to participate in community living and take on daily tasks and responsibilities. Here you can learn life skills, build confidence and gain insight into how you can relate to others… always in a supportive environment.
As you move through the program, you will meet regularly with your treatment facilitator to review and adapt your treatment over time.
Mirikai is a alcohol-free, drug-free and smoke-free program. Support will be provided to help you quit smoking in line with our no-smoking policy.
Maximum Number of Residents: 40
Age Range : 17 tp 30 Years (Up to 35 years is case by case)
Approximate Payment: 80 % Of Centrelink
Length of Stay: Six Months +
Types of Treatment: Alcohol/Drugs/Gambling
Dual Diagnosis Treatment