Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre

"Turning Lives Around"

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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.

Carinya Halfway House Aftercare Program

The transition from a residential program isolated from the mainstream is a difficult time for many clients. The Carinya Halfway House Aftercare Program is a supported accommodation program designed to allow for a successful progression to independent living.

By creating structures, processes and graduated levels of responsibility, the program at Carinya actively supports those clients that need assistance to face the challenges associated with returning to their families and the community in general.

The program has an educational focus and deals with issues of relapse prevention. The approach is a holistic one which includes comprehensive individual treatment planning to assist clients (and their families) to build recovery-based lifestyles.

Topics covered include:

  • Relapse prevention skills
  • Relationships and social skills
  • Life skills
  • Stress management
  • Communications
  • Relaxation technique

The program also works at establishing a support network within the general community and the welfare field in order to build a resource base for clients. Carinya also accept referrals from clients who are completing other alcohol and other drug rehabilitation programs.

Selection Criteria:

  • Men and women aged from 17 years of age that have completed a short to medium term residential treatment program and currently not utilizing replacement therapies
  • Assessment on an individual basis will be offered to clients with a coexisting mental health diagnosis.

Participation in a commitment phase at the Watershed prior to determining eligibility status to properly assess whether Carinya can meet the client’s needs.


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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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