Drug & Alcohol Services
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.
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Wheelchair Access Yes
Disabled access Wheelchair Access, Toilets
Referral Required Self Referral
Accessible By Anyone
Access Fee No fee
Age Ranges Over 18 years of age
Males and females aged 18 and over who are recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs.
Alcohol Addiction, Detoxification and Rehabilitation, Drug Addiction