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Located just outside of Melbourne in the suburb of Carnegie, Sober Living Housing is a treatment facility that specializes in the care of clients ages 18 and up struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders as well as gambling addictions in addition to those with co-occurring disorders. Contrary to what its name might suggest, Sober Living Housing offers a full continuum of care that includes a detox program, intensive inpatient and outpatient services as well as monitored sober living housing. It was founded by Belinda Walsh, who has been working as an addiction counselor and interventionist since 1986. After going through traumatic experiences with her brother’s addiction, Walsh dedicated her life to helping people overcome addiction. In addition, Gavin Crosisca, a former Australian Football player for the famous Collingwood Football Club, has been with Sober Living since the beginning. The organization fosters an integrative therapeutic approach that includes evidence-based therapies and the 12-step recovery method. For clients with co-occurring disorders, medication management is available.

Accommodations and Food

Located 12 kilometers outside of Melbourne’s business district, Sober Living Housing enjoys the benefits of the close proximity to the big city yet is still far enough removed to provide clients a safe haven. It’s a supportive, home-like atmosphere that’s perfect for personal reflection and recovery. Monitored around-the-clock by recovery staff, Sober Living’s two houses are situated close to public transportation, a park, shopping and many 12-step meetings.

Both properties are well-maintained and include spacious floor plans, lots of natural light and communal areas for socializing. With only 13 beds in total, the environment is simultaneously familial and private. All bedrooms are equipped with two or more full sized beds and basic furnishings. Sober Living Housing integrates a healthy meal plan for residents. Clients with dietary restrictions or preferences can be accommodated.  

In the coming months, Sober Living will be adding a graduation home for clients transitioning out of the inpatient program. 

Treatment and Staff

Sober Living Housing provides treatment for individuals struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders in addition to gambling addiction. Upon intake, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment to help the team design the most effective individualized treatment plan tailored to the specific needs of the person. Sober Living Housing involve families from the onset, and significant others are asked to complete an assessment in addition to the client. If deemed necessary, clients enter the detox program following the completion of the clinical evaluation.

The facility offers an integrative treatment approach that synchronizes a range of therapeutic models including evidence-based therapies like CBT, holistic methods, psychoeducation, life skills, family involvement and an immersion into the 12-step recovery model. Clients engage in one-on-one therapy and group therapy as well as holistic therapies like yoga and meditation.  Programming emphasizes the importance of physical wellness activities like team sports. Team sports help to cultivate a sense of community and give the clients an opportunity to experience natural highs. In addition, Sober Living Housing recognizes the need for life skills in clients helping to live their lives in recovery. To this end, life coaches help clients rewrite their life through ongoing assessments, setting education and career goals and becoming personally accountable. The length of treatment varies depending on the specific needs of the client. Individuals are allowed to stay as long as they feel it necessary.

The Sober Living Housing team is comprised of clinical psychologists, addiction counselors, recovery life coaches, aftercare coordinators and house managers. Belinda Walsh and Gavin Crosisca are both USA board-certified interventionists. Medication management is available for individuals in need of dual diagnosis support.


Sober Living Housing recognizes the family as an integral component to the success of a sustainable long-term recovery. To this end, the facility offers a comprehensive family program that provides education on addiction as a disease, maintaining boundaries, positive coping mechanisms and relapse prevention tactics. The facility also provides an intervention service to assist families in getting their loved one into treatment.

In Summary

Sober Living Housing offers detox, intensive inpatient, outpatient services as well as upscale sober living accommodations. The integrative comprehensive treatment approach combines several therapeutic methods including evidence-based therapies, holistic methods, 12-step immersion and medication management.  For clients seeking a compassionate and devoted staff and an individualized care plan, Sober Living Housing is an excellent option.

Sober Living Housing

PO Box 648
VIC 3163

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