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Our Recovery Services are committed to bringing hope, freedom and wholeness to all people adversely affected by alcohol, other drugs and gambling.

They provide a safe, high-quality and evidence-based environment that enables people to pursue holistic transformation for themselves and to improve the outcomes for their families and communities. Our vision is to see transformed people inspiring transformation!

Our model of care

Recovery is not just about the absence of illness but also about practising wellness, health and growth. We understand that the journey towards recovery is personal, so we offer three different models of care.


Detox is the first port of call for people who want to stop using alcohol or other drugs but don’t have a supportive environment to achieve their goal. Detox (or its official name – withdrawal management services) usually takes 3-5 days and occurs at one of our services in Sydney, Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Our services in Townvsille and Mount Isa also provide nursing support to assist people in the management of withdrawal symptoms. We have fully-trained staff members every step of the way to ensure a safe detoxification process and to minimise the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. After detox we offer entry into any of our additional treatment services.

Come stay with us

We have a number of great residential recovery services across the country. We offer guests our award-winning Bridge Program method of recovery, which is highly successful in delivering lasting results. We recognise that every person who enters recovery has had a different journey, and while there are similarities in addiction treatment, our Bridge Program tailors a flexible recovery plan to suit each individual. At The Salvation Army, we want to take people one step further than recovery – we invite them to become the best version of themself.

Rehab from home

If someone is not in a position to come and stay with us, we offer a number of out-client and day-program services to support them through the Bridge Program while they remain living at home. Our flexible approach ensures that individual needs are met through one-on-one support and group therapy sessions.

Our Philosophy

The Salvation Army Recovery Services believe that:

  • Every person matters and will be treated with dignity and respect
  • People have the right to make informed choices, experience personal growth, access greater freedom, and have an opportunity for a transformed outlook in life
  • Freedom from all addictive substances and behaviours is the key to the ongoing development of a positive life
  • A holistic approach to recovery involves healthy partnerships and relationships.
  • The recovery journey is personal and each person must travel at their own pace
  • The role of Recovery Services is to support the person’s own journey toward transformation

Our Awards

Our recovery services deliver transformed lives and we've won a few awards along the way. 

2009 Australian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) Significant Contribution to the Therapeutic Community Movement in Australasia
2010 University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Partnership
2012 Finalist - National Drug and Alcohol Award - Excellence in Research (in partnership with Wollongong University)
2013 ATCA Significant Contribution to the Therapeutic Community Movement in Australasia by a Program, Service or Intervention
  ATCA Significant Contribution to Therapeutic Communities Movement in Australasia
  National Drug and Alcohol Award - Excellence in Treatment and Support

ATCA Excellence in Research and Evaluation: Therapeutic Community Research Award

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