Australian Addiction Treatment Centre Shalom House Claims to be the Strictest Rehab Centre — But Does it Work?
Shalom House Rehabilitation Centre in Swan Valley, Perth, WA is hailed as the “strictest rehabilitation centre in Australia.” Shalom House is an addiction treatment centre that has a 3-stage approach to recovery that includes carefully monitored and scheduled chores, community involvement, and employment. The men’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre was founded in 2012 by Peter Lyndon-James, who after experiencing a life of incarceration and drug addiction, felt the need to help others who had experienced similar traumas. Lyndon-James saw the need to create a live-in rehabilitation programme for men who would benefit from individualised attention and support to rebuild previously damaged lives. Lyndon-James entered into the prison system at the young age of nine when his family unit crumbled and he was left with no safe alternatives to a normal childhood. From the age of nine, Lyndon-James spent the next 26 years of his life in and out of prison for his involvement in drug and firearm possession. After Lyndon-James’ last prison sentence, he decided that it was time to make a positive change in his life. His decision to create a better world for himself took him to Bible College, where after three years he received an advanced diploma in theology. He then spent the next five years of his life volunteering as a chaplain at a local prison. Lyndon-James furthered his mission to help those who had similar life experiences and were still struggling to overcome their personal traumas and addictions, by purchasing a halfway house in Perth. He wanted a space where he “could help people make the right choices.” The halfway house quickly grew into a cornerstone of the WA recovery circuit, before Lyndon-James developed it into a men’s addiction treatment centre in 2009. The Shalom House addiction treatment centre has a strictly regimented programme that tenants must abide by, starting with a three-month introduction into life at the House. Stage 1 of rehabilitation at the Shalom House requires that all personal belongings be taken away from tenants, everything from their cellphones, to books, to drug replacements. Clients are scheduled to work on maintaining the property and volunteering at local charities. The purpose of the first three months in the rehabilitation programme is to have tenants’ bodies adjust to sober living and full-time activity. Stage 1 at this addiction treatment centre is the detoxification period, where clients quit drugs and alcohol cold-turkey.Shalom House, an addiction treatment centre in WA, claims to be the strictest rehab centre in Australia, but it is missing several key components of treatment.