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Watershed Australia


Watershed Australia Review

Watershed is a residential treatment facility located in the Berkeley suburb of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. It specializes in the care of clients struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders. The facility provides a curriculum that includes detox, residential, PHP and sober living. Founded in 1978, Watershed seeks to heal the root causes of conditions as well as the symptoms. The facility offers dual diagnosis support for clients with co-occurring mental illnesses.

Accommodations and Food

Watershed wants residents to focus on recovery. As a result, the facility does not distract clients from the therapeutic program. The facility does not allow clients to have visitors or a vehicle. Watershed also does not permit electronics, mobile phones or computers. Residents can bring one bag of clothing and make one phone call each week.

Watershed provides a tasty and nutritious menu that includes snacks and coffee. While clients cannot bring food from home, alternative meal options are available for persons with dietary restrictions.

Treatment and Staff

Incoming residents undergo a comprehensive intake evaluation that includes a personal medical history and account of substance use. The team uses the assessment to design the most effective individualized treatment plan. When necessary, clients transfer into the detox program, the length of which varies from client to client, depending on their needs. The process can range between five and 10 days. After detox, clients transition into the four-week residential phase.

Watershed believes that addiction is a chronic brain disease. The facility seeks empower clients through education and skill training. Watershed employs an integrative treatment model that includes an array of therapies. The facility offers relapse prevention, evidence-based methods, psychoeducation classes and holistic practices. Relapse prevention is an integral component of the Watershed program. Clients learn coping techniques to identify and avoid triggers. Clients engage in individual and group therapy sessions rooted in CBT. Regular psychoeducation classes focus on topics such as stress, anger management and self-esteem. Finally, Watershed introduces residents 12-step.

The Watershed team includes physicians, therapists and case managers. Medication management is available for individuals with co-occurring disorders.


Watershed also offers a healthy living program that includes physical fitness, yoga and Tai chi. Clients learn about mindfulness meditation and a range of life skills like cooking and financial planning.

In Summary

Watershed in Wollongong, Australia provides tailored detox, residential and aftercare for clients struggling with addiction. Above all, the facility offers a safe and stable environment. Participants can expect therapy, job skills training and connection with a 12-step network. For anyone in the area seeking an experienced team and comprehensive curriculum, Watershed is an excellent option.

Watershed Australia Location

PO Box 25
Berkeley NSW 2506

Watershed Australia Cost

$189 to $252 AUD (per week). Reach Watershed Australia by phone at 1800 818 872 or by email

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