Reconnexion was established in 1986 (as TRANX) to provide counselling and support for people dependent on benzodiazepines (tranquillisers and sleeping pills) and to raise awareness of the risk of dependency associated with long term prescribing of these drugs. Reconnexion remains the only benzodiazepine specialist service in Australia and has been continuously funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services since 1987.
With a focus on prevention, TRANX established a counselling treatment service for people experiencing anxiety disorders in 1997 and by 2003, as PADA, this service was extended to provide treatment for depression.
In 2007 TRANX and PADA were combined under the new name of Reconnexion with the maxim "Reconnect With Life!” As well as counselling treatment, the service by now included training and education programs for health professionals and the community, a bi-annual National Anxiety and Depression Conference, a telephone support line and a range of resources including CDs, manuals, fact sheets and information cards.
In 2014 Reconnexion merged with the much larger health and community service provider EACH.
Reconnexion, a service of EACH, continues to provide benzodiazepine dependency treatment as well as actively promotes understanding and awareness of the complications associated with long term use of benzodiazepines to the medical profession, to government and to the community.
- Information and support (telephone/email)
- Benzodiazepine dependency counselling treatment
- Anxiety and depression counselling treatment
- Group programs
- Professional development
- Community education
Reconnexion’s purpose is to support the pathway to well-being for people experiencing tranquilliser dependency, anxiety, insomnia or depression.