Drug Addiction Treatment

Drug addiction is not something that can be overcome alone. Riverside Clinic has been established as a safe haven for individuals to overcome their addiction to drugs with innovative treatment methods that address the root of the addictive disorder, rather than the struggles of the addict.

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Drug Addiction Treatment in Melbourne, Victoria

For those who suffer from addiction to illicit drugs, it can feel as if the ability to control one’s life has become elusive. Everything loses its value when compared to the intense focus on the next high. Whether it is abuse of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroine or opiates, the downward spiral of addiction, desperation and eventually, destruction, is almost impossible to turn around without professional help.

At Riverside Clinic Sanctuary, the goal of our drug addiction treatment program is to replace this sense of helplessness with one of empowerment. The transition from a life overshadowed by substance abuse to regaining control can be different for every individual who suffers from an addictive disorder. Our clinicians are able to address the unique challenges of everyone who comes into our clinic. No matter how long the addiction has existed, what drug is being abused or whatever the background​, we can help.

We are committed to offering cutting edge, effective therapies for drug addiction. Through ongoing training in the most advanced treatments and a dedication to supporting our clients on their personal journey to recovery, we are not only able to promote long-term recovery, but also to help each individual restore a sense of meaning to their life.

Too many Australians are suffering from drug addiction or watching a loved one suffer – but there is a way out. Riverside Clinic offers holistic treatment and high-quality care that makes recovery possible.

Finding an effective treatment that leads to a drug-free state

Overcoming an addiction and reaching a drug-free state is a process that differs for each addict. Every person is different meaning that effective treatment can look different for each individual. For example, someone with a long-standing history of childhood trauma can battle against interventions. But, that doesn’t mean all hope is lost.

In 2016, a survey found that around 15.6% of Australian adults had used an illegal substance in the last year. While not all of these individuals will form an addiction to drugs and alcohol, a significant proportion do. When creating an effective treatment program, the team at the Riverside Clinic will assess which stage of the addiction journey each person is at. From there, it’s possible to provide treatment services that give them the strongest chance of thriving in the outside world without drugs and alcohol.

Working alongside the friends and family of substance depending persons

Substance depending individuals are more likely to find treatment success when they have a strong support network outside the Riverside Clinic environment. While the Riverside Clinic team works towards helping them develop coping mechanisms that make regaining a healthier life possible, each person can benefit from external support alongside recovery treatment.

Whether the patient is using prescription drugs illegally or turning to a harmful substance such as ICE, the environmental factors they face at home can make their recovery challenging. For example, if they return to an area where friends with addictions surround them, they’re less likely succeed in their recovery. Similarly, being unable to remove external stressors or find appropriate support for working through them can also increase their chance of relapse.

It’s for these reasons that the team at Riverside Clinic encourage those close to drug addicts to become involved in the process. This can mean attending meetings, learning more about addiction, or finding out why their loved one became an addict in the first place.

Mental health services and behavioural therapies that focus on addiction

It is recommended that those who have a drug and alcohol addiction partake in inpatient residential treatment services. During an inpatient program, the recovering addict will benefit from holistic therapies such as interventions and CBT.

Overall, the Riverside Clinic approach to treating those with substance depending behaviours can include:

  • Comprehensive assessments that will lead to them becoming drug free
  • One-on-one counselling with an appropriate person trained in drug and alcohol addiction
  • Behavioural therapies and treatment services that focus on the patient as an individual

The person in recovery will also attend group therapies. Such therapies give them the opportunity to share their experiences with other addicts. In a safe and appropriate environment, they can form friendships with those who are able to deliver empathy, allowing them to broaden the network they’ll rely on in the outside world.


Intensive Residential

30 days

We offer this short term, residential, program as a circuit breaker for individuals in crisis.

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Comprehensive Residential

90 days

Research indicates that most individuals require a minimum of 90 days in treatment to begin to arrest the addictive cycle.

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Our patients


Ash H. – ex-drug addict

Patient of Riverside Clinic

At 39, steel-fixer and ship foreman Ashley checked himself into rehab to kick an addiction to alcohol and other drugs, a dependence he traces to a workplace accident in which he almost lost his hand and which led to many years of heavy pain medication.

Family support

At Riverside Clinic we treat both the individual suffering from addiction and the loved ones whose lives have been profoundly impacted.

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