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Treatment for drug addiction

Treatment for drug addiction

Drug taking can cause a range of problems affecting relationships, career and health. At Wesley Hospital we offer proven and effective treatments for drug addiction. We aim to help you return to a fulfilled and connected life with your family and friends.

What is drug addiction?

Here, we explain drug 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 drugs?

There are a number of warning signs that may indicate a person has a problem with drugs, including:

  • if drug taking has begun dominating your thoughts, and you continue to take drugs despite the harmful consequences
  • having intense urges for the drug
  • feeling that you have to take the drug regularly
  • relationships with family and friends are affected by your drug taking
  • not meeting obligations or responsibilities at work
  • changes in personality
  • sudden change in behaviour, or aggressive or violent behaviour
  • moodiness or mood swings
  • feeling depressed or anxious
  • blackouts
  • psychosis
  • hallucinations
  • impotence
  • seizures
  • itching and sweating
  • memory loss
  • physical health problems
  • loss of interest in doing your favourite hobbies or activities
  • red or glassy eyes
  • sniffily or runny nose
  • change in sleeping pattern – for example up at night and sleeping during the day
  • thoughts, emotions and activities are increasingly on substance use.

Our treatment program to help with drug addiction

Our hospital facilities in Ashfield and Kogarah offer a highly-regarded, evidence-based treatment program that will assist 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 use. 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:

  • 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, 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 Drug and Alcohol Addiction Programs brochure:
Wesley Hospital Kogarah Drug and Alcohol Program 

Upcoming day programs for drug 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. 

Additional resources

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