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The Hader Clinic is an addiction treatment organization for adults based in Melbourne, Australia. Hader offers residential and outpatient care with a sober living option to men and women struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The Hader Clinic was established in 1998 as a small counseling office and has now grown into one of Australia‘s most respected addiction treatment organizations. Today, the properties include The Hader Women’s retreat program, located outside Melbourne at the rural site of original headquarters, a suite of offices in central Melbourne used for family therapy and outpatient programs and co-ed therapeutic community southwest of Melbourne in Geelong. There are also four Hader sober living houses throughout Melbourne. In 2016, Hader opened a large co-ed therapeutic community in the coastal town of Araluen, Queensland, Australia and a clinical office in the nearby city of Brisbane.

Accommodations and Food

The Hader Clinic’s two co-ed inpatient programs are both set in beautiful rural areas along Australia’s coast to provide clients with a retreat from city life. The facilities each have a total of 20 beds with clients in private rooms or sharing with one roommate of the same sex. There are gender-specific shared bathrooms, full or twin beds, dressers, closets and bedside tables with lamps. The facilities also have meeting spaces, outdoor walking paths and lounges, gym facilities and living rooms where clients can hang out and read or watch TV.

The Hader Clinic locations both have on-site cooking staff who prepare three hot meals a day for clients. The chefs works off a set menu but can accommodate dietary restrictions or needs. The kitchen also has coffee, snacks and juice available all day.

Treatment and Staff

The treatment process at The Hader Clinic begins with an assessment with one of the organization’s counselors to determine the individual’s level of need. The Hader Clinic locations offer on-site medical detox if necessary. Those experiencing withdrawal symptoms can be treated by medical staff with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). However, the goal of the program is abstinence, so long-term MAT is not offered. The Hader Clinic is also equipped to provide dual diagnosis support and has a mental health therapists on staff to treat clients with co-occurring disorders.

Although the exact length of the program is based on the client’s needs, the average stay at The Hader Clinic is 90 days. After the detox process, clients have daily check-ins, counseling and support sessions. The treatment model is based on the therapeutic community style, with a strong emphasis on peer support. New residents are paired with those who have been in the program for a while to help them acclimate and become accountable. The daily routine consists of both group and individual therapy, with clients attending several sessions every day.

Counselors use a variety of treatment techniques including CBT and relapse prevention. Parenting classes are provided as well as workshops on stress management and health and wellness. Individual sessions are available based on the needs of the client. The Hader Clinic also integrates the 12 steps into treatment. Clients are required to participate in on-site meetings and can also attend up to three outside AA/NA meeting per week. The organization provides transportation to and from these outside meetings.

The staff includes Master’s-level mental health therapists, doctors, nurses and consulting psychiatrists, as well as a chef and various other support staff. Team members are almost always clean and sober themselves and bring their personal knowledge of recovery to their roles.


Many traditional and complementary therapies are available each day including massage, acupuncture, equine and art therapy. The Hader Clinic also offers family counseling and group sessions at the clinical facilities aimed at providing substance abuse education as well as addressing co-dependency issues.

As clients move through treatment, counselors meet with them regularly to help with aftercare planning. This includes helping clients find stable housing in one of the organization’s sober homes, look for jobs and possibly transition into Hader outpatient programs for further treatment.

In Summary

The Hader Clinic offers two serene retreats from city life to give men and women a chance to focus on recovery. By introducing clients to the 12 steps, Hader also sets them up for a solid support system when they leave residential treatment. The comprehensive aftercare planning insures a strong foundation for recovery and a strategy for a healthy life in sobriety.

The Hader Clinic Location

Suite 16/20 Commercial Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

 The Hader Clinic Cost

Depends on program. Reach The Hader Clinic by phone at +61 03 9804 5757 or 1 (800) 88 33 88 or by email at [email protected]. Find The Hader Clinic on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

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