Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre

"Turning Lives Around"

Mental Health

Getting an Assessment

Before any treatment takes place it is necessary to obtain a detailed history of both the psychiatric and substance abuse symptoms.

Important information on psychiatric status includes:

  • chief complaint/presenting symptoms;
  • family history;
  • personal history;
  • medical history;
  • psychiatric history;
  • history of present illness;
  • and assessment of current mental state.

Important information on substance abuse includes:

  • types of drugs used;
  • age of onset;
  • amount now being used;
  • maximum amount;
  • frequency;
  • route;
  • last used;
  • maximum clean time;
  • number of detoxes;
  • history of withdrawal symptoms.

This information will be necessary to construct an individual treatment programme.

Watershed acknowledges the traditional custodians of country and their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future.

Watershed holds accreditation with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS).

Formerly: Wollongong Crisis Centre


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