About The Hader Clinic

Our journey to becoming Melbourne's premier addiction treatment facility

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A history of successful addiction treatment

The Hader Clinic was founded in 1998 to offer support to patients suffering through the Victorian heroin epidemic. This early dive into the throes of addiction allowed the facility to quickly and effectively formulate holistic treatment models that would form the basis of their leading approach to addiction treatment today.

More than 20 years on, The Hader Clinic has become one of the most trusted addiction treatment facilities in Australia. The Hader Clinic is proud to hold the following accreditations:

  • Victorian Health Registered, registration number 2578
  • Private hospital provider number 0037020A
  • ISO9001 Quality Management Accreditation number F5 568594
  • AHPRA Registered clinical staff
The Hader Clinic’s Jackson Oppy explains how addicts are not able to predict how much they are going to use once they start using or control their use.

Our values

At The Hader Clinic, we know exactly what you are going through. We have a comprehensive understanding of all facets of addiction, from the physical, to the spiritual. We treat our patients by building rapport with them and their families, helping them find a new way of life with empathy, understanding, and compassion.

Credibility

We strive to be the most credible in our industry. We are a specialised hospital and addiction treatment facility. All of our clinical staff are registered and trained to the highest levels.

Immediacy

We respond to requests for treatment without hesitation. We understand that the window for acceptance of treatment can be small. We'll work with you quickly to get a patient into recovery.

Inclusiveness

We believe that an inclusive approach offers the best chance of success. Addiction is a lonely and daunting struggle. We include all patients in group activities, treating all facets of addiction.

Continuity

We understand that treatment is a lifelong process. From the first 28 days of detox, to years down the track, we offer patients ongoing support, and the freedom to remain free from relapse.

Holistic treatment from The Hader Clinic

Physical

One of the first steps to treating addiction is managing the physical dependence on drugs and alcohol. Reliance on substances can manifest in different ways, including cravings, chronic health issues, improper nutrition, poor sleeping habits, and complete and permanent changes to brain structure and function.

However, it is crucial to understand that the physical symptoms of addiction are just that — symptoms. They are the visible signs of larger crises under the surface, which are often far more serious and more difficult to treat. Withdrawal and detox are only part of the process.

Psychological

The human brain relies on chemicals to regulate itself. Drug and alcohol addiction is defined as the use and abuse of chemicals. Chemical imbalances in the brain can lead to severe psychological harm, often being manifested in disorders like psychosis, compulsion, obsession, and paranoia.

Treating the psychological effects of addiction is imperative for ongoing success. Chemical imbalances can be corrected, but patients require tools to help manage their mental health. These treatments can include individual therapy, meditation and yoga, health and fitness activities, and dual diagnosis programs.

Emotional

Like psychological effects, emotional issues abound when it comes to addiction. Explosions of neurotransmitters like dopamine lead to chemical imbalances, which can contribute to instances of depression and anxiety, heightened aggression, mood swings, and fear and paranoia.

The emotional effects of drug and alcohol addiction are far-reaching. They can affect personal relationships, destroy societal function, and wreak complete havoc on a patient's view of themselves and their life. We manage the emotional fallout of addiction using therapy, recreational activities, and a range of other outlets.

Social

Drug and alcohol addiction can lead to a very insular existence. When your life revolves around your addiction, there's little time for anything else. Some of the most common social effects of addiction include financial problems, damaged relationships and isolation, and a complete lack of interest in past activities.

For this reason, we know that there's no such thing as a 'functioning addict'. Addiction always affects one or more social aspects of life. We seek to help patients reenter society by giving them independence and personal accountability through group therapy and sharing, transitional housing, and ongoing support for families.

Spiritual

When the body relies on drugs and alcohol, the sense of self takes second place. The spiritual effects of addiction can include, among others, damage to self-esteem and self-worth, continued substance use without regard for consequences, and complete inability to function outside of addiction.

The spiritual effects of addiction aren't easily recognisable, sometimes not even after months of recovery. Addressing these effects can take years, and can involve further individual therapy and counselling, psychosocial educational groups, and continued recreational activities.

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The Hader Clinic's treatment facilities

The Hader Clinic has specialist drug rehab and alcohol rehab treatment facilities for different stages of progress.

Melbourne CBD

Head office and consulting location for new patients and their families.

Suite 4/20 Commercial Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
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Essendon

Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and Transitional Housing program.

Geelong

Hospital rehabilitation centre for 28-Day Withdrawal & Detox Program.

Adelaide

Consulting location for new patients and their families.

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