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Detour House is a women’s only residential program in Sydney, Australia that has been in operation since 1984. The 15 month program consists of a three month inpatient treatment for substance abuse with the rest of the time spent in transitional housing. Treatment consists of 12-step meetings and relapse prevention in addition to teaching life and coping skills.

Accommodations and Food

The Detour House residential facility has seven beds that are available, though there is always a wait list. The home-like residence has a living room, kitchen, dining room and backyard space, and the bedrooms are shared between two and three clients.

During their stay, the clients share all the household responsibilities, like keeping the facility clean, doing all the grocery shopping and cooking for each other. The food is provided by the establishment. The home is quiet and private in a safe area of Sydney, and is smoke-free.

Treatment and Staff

A typical day begins with a 7:30 am wake up, followed by chores and the daily reading. By 10 am the counseling staff has arrived at the facility to start programming for the day. On average clients attend groups, have one on one case management and education for about six to eight hours per day, breaking once for lunch.

During the initial stage of treatment, which is 90 days, clients are required to attend 90 AA meetings. During the weekends clients have more free time and don’t attend group therapy, but are still expected to attend their meetings.

Within the group structure clients work on coping skills, setting healthy boundaries and identifying triggers. They also begin to work with staff on a longer term housing situation, which the staff offers several resources for and helps them secure.

Therapeutic approaches during treatment include CBT, art therapy and trauma-informed care protocols. Treatment at Detour House is very sensitive to their clients having faced issues like domestic violence or abuse in the home when they were children.

The staff is all women who are social workers and Master’s-level therapists.


Once the first phase of intensive treatment commences and clients move to supported housing, they attend weekly groups and still receive regular daily support from staff. There are also frequent peer lead groups offered.

In Summary

The Detour House is a caring and supportive environment for women who have faced hardships in their lives, including addiction and homelessness, and need help digging their way out. This program is very solid, and opens doors for so many of the residents. The Detour House is committed to helping their clients get back on their feet and start a life in recovery being fully supported.

The Detour House Location

PO Box 253 Glebe
NSW 2037

Detour House Cost

Call for details; is heavily supported with donations and government funding. Reach Detour House by phone at 02 9660 4137. Find Detour House on Facebook and Twitter

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