Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre

"Turning Lives Around"

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Residential Programs

The ultimate purpose of our residential treatment programs is to enable an individual to achieve permanent recovery. The willingness of our clients to commit to the hard work it takes to achieve a permanent recovery from substance abuse is vital for any treatment program to be successful.

The immediate goals of a treatment program are to reduce substance abuse, improve the client's ability to function, and minimize the medical, psychological and social complications of substance abuse and addiction. While at times the residential program can be overwhelming, the education received at Watershed prepares our clients for the many tests and challenges that they will face upon completion of the program.

This is what sets Watershed apart. We focus on the client and preparing them for the challenges they will face upon completion of our residential treatment program.


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Recovery is a process that lacks completion unless it includes successful and addiction-free re-entry into the “real” world.

Departure from Watershed marks an important milestone in our client's recovery, but it is by no means the end of our support. When a client is ready to resume their responsibilities of everyday life, our treatment team will develop and facilitate their aftercare plan. As always, our primary focus is on a smooth transition into long-term recovery, which could even include transitioning into our aftercare environment – Carinya Halfway House.

Our four week residential rehabilitation program (which includes Case Management and a treatment/early intervention plan) has been developed by experts to counter the effects of long-term substance abuse and to give our clients the best chance to beat addiction.

Watershed provides 24 hour support and supervision for our clients who must have completed a detox (either at Watershed or another facility) before entering the rehabilitation program.

For many of our clients, part of the recovery process includes detoxification. Because each person experiences detox differently, we pay close attention to our client's individual needs in order to make the process as smooth and comfortable as possible. Watershed assesses each client based on medical history, drug of choice, length of use and mental status in order to determine the most appropriate care.

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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