Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre

"Turning Lives Around"

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Residential treatment is a safe environment in which clients can identify issues that lead them back to self-destructive behaviours and learn how to define and deal with these issues.

Addiction is a disease, and must be treated just like any other disease by seeking the right kind of professional help. As those with a substance dependency use many different drugs to satisfy the phenomena of craving, Watershed uses a multifaceted approach to combat the disease of addiction.

Our holistic treatment philosophy emphasises three stages of permanent recovery:

  • Residential Withdrawal Management (Detox)
  • Residential Rehabilitation
  • Carinya Halfway House and Aftercare

Once the initial consultation takes place, the client either goes on to a detoxification process, if necessary, or into our customized residential rehabilitation program. A primary caseworker is assigned who manages the client’s care during the entire course of their treatment, ensuring that the client’s needs are being met and tailoring treatment to their circumstances.

Watershed's Quality Accredited and structured program is focused on evidence based practice and primarily focuses on healing through the provision of recovery education, group and individual therapies, and supportive peer group interactions.

This model emphasizes the need for a therapeutic atmosphere conducive to change and professional guidance to achieve recovery goals. Recovery would be regarded as the logical conclusion of treatment. Recovery, however, is a process that involves a number of years and experience on the part of the recovering person.

Treatment is the beginning of what must be viewed as a lifelong effort to maintain abstinence and continue personal growth. To this end, Watershed provides an ongoing set of continuing care services as additional tools and support throughout a client's early recovery process.


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Day Program

Residential treatment is the ideal as clients are able to focus on their recovery with 24hour, in-house support. However, we also understand that residential treatment is not a practical option for everyone. This is why Watershed also offers a non-residential day program. The day program follows as closely as possible our treatment philosophy but on an outpatient style basis, primarily based out of West St Psychology in Wollongong NSW.


To inquire about our day program:

Call: 02 4228 0449

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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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