Addiction therapies treatment

Clinical care and support to help in your fight against addiction

Why do substance abuse therapy techniques work?

Getting help for addiction requires a comprehensive approach. The Hader Clinic helps you to treat your addiction using therapies that are specifically chosen to work for you. We use a range of treatments such as:

  • Individual counselling
  • Peer support groups
  • Sport and recreation
  • Art therapy
  • Intensive outpatient support
  • Detox and withdrawal management

Each treatment we provide is developed alongside your specific personality and psychology to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Learn more about the different kinds of addiction therapy techniques

How does therapy work for my addiction issues?

Every person's addiction takes a slightly different form, and will manifest in different ways. Our therapists work with you to identify your triggers, addictions, and core behaviours and develop a therapy treatment model that gets to the heart of your addiction, helping you move through to a life that is free of your addiction.


Drug addiction is common in Australia. In 2019, the most commonly used drug was cannabis (11.6% of people), followed by cocaine (4.2%) and then ecstasy (3.0%). Between 2016 and 2019, drug use increased across a range of substances, including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, hallucinogens and inhalants.

Along with this increase in use, comes a natural increase in addiction. Engaging with therapy is a key way to get started on the path to a life free from addiction and the pain and suffering that comes along with it.


Alcohol is a pervasive part of society. Many people struggle with addiction to alcohol and find themselves unable to cut back or change their habits. Addiction therapy to treat alcohol addiction is a key part of your successful treatment plan when it comes to changing the habits of a lifetime.

Whether you are at a stage of needing critical help or are starting to recognise that some of your behaviours are causing you harm, the Hader Clinic is here to help you.

Dual diagnosis

Living with one addiction can often mean you are struggling with another. Many of our patients come to us with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and a mental health diagnosis, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, PTSD, or  a combination of these diagnoses.

Our therapists are trained in how to help you move through a dual diagnosis and can support you as you work to heal, and recover in a way that will endure into the future.

The long term benefits of successful addiction therapy techniques

How addiction therapy techniques work in our rehab programs

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Frequently asked questions about alcohol addiction treatment

How will I know which therapy is right for me?

In short, you won't know until you try. Treating substance abuse and dual diagnosis with therapy is about discovering what works for each patient. No two patients will respond the same way to the same treatment. For example, you might make solid ground in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but absolutely disengage with group therapy, or vice versa.

At The Hader Clinic, we employ a range of professionals across disciplines including medicine, psychology, and counselling to ensure that you are receiving the holistic treatment you need to succeed in recovery.

Will this work to treat my addiction?

Therapy is a key part of the success for many people who have broken the cycle of addiction and changed their life. Therapy for drug addiction is important, because it goes beyond the idea of abstinence and going 'cold turkey'. It will actually equip you with the mental and physical tools you need to make real behaviour and mental change in your life.

How long does therapy take?

This answer depends on you, and what you need to do to move through your addiction and into a new way of thinking, feeling and behaving. We offer a range of options, from a 28-day intensive inpatient option through to an outpatient clinic where we check in with you. The level of support you get will depend on what you need.

We recommend starting off with a 1-hour consult with our team. This is completely free (and obligation-free) and will allow you to see where you or your loved one might be at with their addiction.

What happens in therapy if I relapse?

Relapse is not a dirty word. In fact, when a patient relapses, it is often a sign that some element of treatment is not working as it should. A relapse gives patients and their treatment team the opportunity to uncover the root of why the particular treatment is not working. From here, we can realign our expectations and move forward with treatment.

I have tried rehab before and it did not work. What makes Hader Clinic different?

Every rehabilitation clinic and facility will differ slightly in its approach. We have been around for over 20 years in Australia, and in that time have developed core therapeutic methods and approaches which our patients find work for them. Your experience is unique, and it is important that you invest your time in a treatment that you trust.

We recommend giving us a call or getting in touch in the way you prefer to speak to our therapists. In this free one-hour chat you can work out whether we sound like the right place for you to seek treatment for your addiction.

How can I be more successful going through therapy?

When it comes to therapy, you only get out what you put in. If you are engaged and follow treatment as it is prescribed to you, you will have greater success than if you were to 'phone it in'. People that engage with therapy at the highest possible level often record having extremely positive experiences — ones that turn into good habits, which have lasting impacts on the patient.

How quickly can I get admission?

We can admit you within an hour if you require urgent therapeutic care. Speak to our team today on [phone] if your matter is urgent, or if you require immediate admission.

If you are feeling suicidal, or having distressing thoughts or experiences, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14, or call 000.

Are medications used in therapy for substance addiction?

Yes. If deemed necessary by the treatment team, patients can receive medication to help aid their experience in therapy. Medications are already used to manage cravings and lessen withdrawal symptoms from substances like opiates, alcohol, and benzodiazepines. In therapy, medications can also help manage depression, anxiety, and other emotional symptoms.

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