Drug & Alcohol Services

Sobering Up Shelter


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Sobering Up Shelter

The Sobering Up Shelter is a custom built facility that provides:

  • A safe place for intoxicated persons
  • An alternative to police custody for the care and protection of intoxicated persons
  • Overnight support for persons recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs intoxication
  • Trained and professional Alcohol and Other Drug Workers
  • Separate male and female rooms
  • Close observation and monitoring throughout the night
  • Safe storage of personal possessions during night
  • Access to toilet and shower facilities
  • A light breakfast
  • Disabled Access


The Sobering Up Shelter provides a safe environment for people to sober up from intoxication. In the morning Sobering Up Shelter staff provide information and support on alcohol and other drug related issues such as:

  • The effects of  alcohol and other drugs on physical and mental health
  • The impact  alcohol and other drugs may have on relationships, work or study
  • Ways to reduce problematic drinking
  • Harm minimisation strategies for the use of alcohol and other drugs


Sobering Up Shelter staff can also offer referrals to agencies such as:

  • Detoxification & withdrawal services
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs
  • Drug and alcohol support services
  • Supported accommodation services
  • Mental Health support services


Open: Thu-Sat 11pm-11am (Last admission 6am)

Referral: Referrals accepted between 11pm – 6am Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


The Sobering Up Shelter accepts referrals from ACT Policing, NSW Police, ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS), self-referrals, health and welfare services, and the general community.  To make a referral, call the Sobering Up Shelter between 11pm-6am on Thursday, Friday & Saturday Night on 6163 3711 or 0406 377 623. The staff will let you know over the phone if there is a bed available and will ascertain if the person is eligible as per the following criteria:

  • Is the person under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs?
  • Are they 18 years of age or over?
  • Are they willing to enter the Sobering Up Shelter voluntarily?


If there is a bed available and the person meets the eligibility criteria above then they can be brought to the Sobering Up Shelter.

People who self-refer by presenting at the Sobering Up Shelter door will be accepted provided they meet the above eligibility criteria.

Quick Facts About The Region

Ainslie Village - Campbell is located in the suburbs of Campbell and Canberra Central, the council of Canberra and the federal electorate of Canberra.