Phone:(02) 4272-3000
Fax: (02) 4271-6173
PO Box 25

Wa-ter-shed  (noun)

– a defining moment of insight and clarity where healing begins and lives are reclaimed.

Watershed Drug & Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre is situated in Berkeley overlooking Lake Illawarra. We provide the community with a residential service for alcohol and other drug (AOD) detoxification and rehabilitation. We also operate a supported accommodation aftercare service (halfway house) called ‘Carinya House’ which is situated nearby.

Overall, Watershed has 20 beds available to those 18 years and over and provides a safe & healthy environment where clients are assisted to identify issues that lead them into self -destructive behaviours and learn how to recognize and introduce positive change into their lives.

Our evidence-based holistic treatment services include the only Residential Withdrawal Management Program (Detox) in the Illawarra which is supported by a four week structured residential rehabilitation program where our clients receive 24 hour support and supervision and participate in our Healthy Lifestyle Program that offers yoga, tai chi, exercise, meditation and relaxation; a Therapeutic Group Program that provides a structured harm minimization group program covering relapse prevention, anger management, conflict resolution, healthy relationships and self-esteem; a Living Skills Program that provides budgeting, shopping, cooking, gardening, home duties, first aid and personal responsibility; and a Health Promotion and Harm Prevention Program and Case Managed support including Treatment, Counselling and Aftercare.

Watershed’s aftercare program includes supported accommodation through our transition or halfway program at ‘Carinya House’ and includes referral and shared care options. Carinya House is an additional 6 bed, longer-term (3-12 months) accommodation program that provides continued access to relevant treatments and allows a gradual transition back into the community for clients who have completed a Residential Program.

Watershed also operates a Non Residential Alcohol & Other Drugs Day Program, this program offers Counselling, Case Management, Education & Therapeutic groups as well as advocacy & shared care referrals. This program is currently run in Wollongong CBD.

WATERSHED – Turning Lives Around.