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Treatment for alcohol addiction

Treatment for alcohol addiction

For most of us, alcohol is not an issue. For others it can be the cause of social disconnection and personal or health problems. At Wesley Hospital we offer proven and effective treatment for alcohol addiction and we aim to help you return to a fulfilled and connected life with your family and friends.

What is alcohol addiction?

Here, we explain alcohol addiction and its symptoms, as well as what you can expect when receiving treatment at Wesley Hospital. Learn about the types of treatment programs available and your payment options.

If you would like to enquire about admission, please submit an Admission Enquiry form and one of our caring staff will be in touch with you.

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Do I have a problem with alcohol?

There are a number of warning signs that may indicate you have a problem with alcohol, including:

  • If alcohol has begun to dominate your thoughts, and you continue to drink despite the harmful consequences
  • relationships with family and friends are affected by your drinking
  • repeatedly neglecting your responsibilities at home, work or school because of your drinking
  • feeling guilty or ashamed about your drinking
  • lying to others or hiding your drinking habits
  • regularly drinking more than you intended to
  • using alcohol in situations where it’s physically dangerous
  • changes in personality
  • changes in behaviour or aggressive behaviour
  • moodiness or mood swings
  • feeling depressed or anxious
  • insomnia
  • tremors
  • blackouts
  • memory loss
  • poor nutrition
  • physical health problems
  • thoughts, emotions and activities are increasingly on substance use.

Our treatment programs to help with alcohol addiction

Our hospital facilities in Ashfield and Kogarah offer a highly-regarded, evidence-based treatment program that will help you through to recovery.

Treatment begins with a 28 day inpatient program. During your stay, you will receive support and medications tailored to help you manage the complex and variable ways in which your body may react to the detox process.

In addition to medical care, treatment also includes participation in an evidence-based psychological therapy program. This program educates you about the nature of substance use problems and dependence, and increases your ability to identify and manage the factors that make you vulnerable to substance abuse. The program assists you to modify your lifestyle to increase your ability to remain abstinent in the future, and aims to develop your self-reliance.

In addition to medical care, our treatment program also includes:

  • participation in an evidence-based psychological therapy program
  • detailed clinical assessment from qualified professionals
  • provision of medicated detoxification when clinically indicated
  • increasing motivation to change
  • education about substance use and the addiction cycle
  • education regarding the relationship between substance use and emotional issues, including depression, anxiety and anger
  • assistance to identify triggers of substance use
  • cognitive behaviour therapy to address thoughts and behaviours that maintain substance use problems
  • assistance to develop skills for managing cravings and urges
  • skill development, including problem solving skills, assertiveness and communication skills, distress tolerance and mindfulness skills
  • improvement of self esteem
  • relapse prevention.

After completing our inpatient detox program, we then support you with our ongoing day patient programs. There are a number of day patient programs running throughout the week and that allow you to:

  • refresh information and skills you learned while you were in hospital
  • develop new coping skills
  • continue to make improvements to your health and wellbeing.

The day patient program runs all year, and aims to reduce the likelihood of relapse by supporting you on your journey of recovery.

Download our Alcohol and Drug Addiction Programs brochure:
Wesley Hospital Kogarah Drug and Alcohol Program 

Upcoming day programs for alcohol addiction:

Program name


Hospital location

 Addictions Recovery

Wednesday each week – ongoing.



 Alcohol & Other Drugs – Recovery Skills


Alcohol & Other Drugs – Interpersonal groups

A full day session, once a week for 22 weeks.

Length of involvement is dependent on each person’s needs.



Fees and costs

As a private hospital, we are able to arrange payment through your private health insurance. If you don’t have private health insurance, then you may wish to consider our other payment options. Read more to find the best payment option that suits you.

Story of hope

Peter’s drinking started to take over his life when he was in his early twenties, but it wasn’t until he was 43 that he decided he needed help. Things began to improve only when Peter started a program through Wesley Mission, and he realised that he could make different choices and began to feel hopeful again. Now Peter is training to be an Assistant in Nursing and cherishes each day of his life, welcoming every opportunity help others.

Watch Peter’s story of recovery from alcohol addiction.

Additional resources

Below are some additional resources that may be useful for further research into alcohol addiction: