If you are seeking drug rehab in Brisbane, there are a few things you need to know. Drug rehabilitation centres come in all shapes and sizes and offer different services and treatment options. It can be difficult to make a decision on the best drug rehab for your needs, but we are here to help. In this blog post, we will discuss the important factors you need to consider when choosing a drug rehab centre in Brisbane.

Drug rehabilitation centres Brisbane

So you have hit a point in which you feel like you need to seek out a drug rehabilitation centre in Brisbane, but you punch a search term into Google, look at the results, feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.

Before we dive into all these elements and attempt to answer all your questions, we want to give you a couple of things to think about first.

  • Do you even need to check into traditional inpatient rehab?
  • Do you need long-term rehab, or do you just need a short-term withdrawal and then outpatient support?
  • Do you need support in other areas first, before going to treatment?

The societal narrative around breaking addictive behaviours is just booking straight into inpatient rehab. However, research and collective experience shows that this approach is often not the best option for many people.

At Connection Based Living we show people how to beat addictive patterns without going to rehab. We offer free 45-min consultations to help you understand the best treatment option for your particular situation.

We would recommend that you book a free session with us before making any decisions about your treatment to make sure you are on the correct path.

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Now that you have considered whether inpatient treatment is right for you, it’s time to understand which drug and alcohol rehab centres in Brisbane and the wider Queensland area are available.

Below we have provided some links to online service finders that can help you explore your options:

QNADA Service Finder

Queensland Network of Alcohol and Other Drug Agencies (QNADA) is the Peak Body in Queensland providing representation and support to the alcohol and other drugs treatment and harm reduction sector.

QNADA can be a great resource and they have a digital service finder specific to Queensland which you can access by clicking the link below:


The Alcohol and Drug Foundation Path 2 Help Service Finder

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is a national organisation funded by the Australian Government to deliver a number of prevention activities, research initiatives and community programs.

The ADF has a newly formed online national service finder to help people navigate the alcohol and drug sector. You can find out more and discover services in Brisbane by clicking the link below:


National Alcohol & Other Drug Hotline

Most States & Territories each have service directories in which you can call the number, speak to a professional and be guided in the right direction.

The National Alcohol & Other Drug hotline acts as triaging service to whichever state you are located in.

Ph: 1800 250 015

Private drug rehab Brisbane

Private drug and alcohol rehab in Brisbane: is private better than the public system? The short answer is, it’s complicated.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this article, drug rehab in Australia is largely unregulated. This means that pretty much anyone can decide that they will open a rehab without any qualifications or experience, etc.

You can read more about this in our comprehensive article: Drug Rehab Australia, The Ultimate Guide.

This has led to some terrible outcomes for patients and some downright scary stories. Because we have been through this process as service consumers and as professionals, we just want people to be informed and to know what to look out for if considering a private facility.

Check out the free report we created, “5 Horrifying Dodgy Practices You Must Know Before You Check Into Rehab”.



This is not to say that all private providers are bad or dodgy, however, it’s important to be aware before engaging with a service.

Here are some of the pros and cons of checking into a private facility.


  • Faster admission times (not always the case, however, is mostly true)
  • Some facilities are covered under private health insurance
  • Depending on the service provider, facilities and amenities may be to a higher standard
  • Patients have greater autonomy in selecting treatment methods and philosophies that align with their values as Brisbane rehab providers are able to create their own treatment programs (e.g. incorporating holistic health and alternative therapy techniques)
  • Medical support. In order for most private providers to access people’s private health insurance benefits, they need to meet medical facility standards, often making them a private hospital.


  • Unfortunately, the private sector is largely unregulated across most of Australia. This means that pretty much anyone can decide that they are opening a rehab, which has led to some terrible stories in the past. You can check out the following links to learn more: Crikey Media article & The Age article
  • High Costs. Depending on the service, your level of health insurance and other factors means that treatment can be expensive
  • Hospital-based settings. Often private providers are set up in hospital settings in order to meet private health insurance funding.

Drug Rehab Brisbane, The Public System

Public drug and alcohol rehab in Brisbane is largely funded by the State Government with some other services funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government.

Through this funding, there are a number of addiction treatment services available, including inpatient rehabs, outpatient programs, counselling services, harm reduction programs and more.

If you are looking to engage in public service, we would recommend that you check out the QNADA Service finder as listed above.

Here are some pros and cons for public drug rehab in Brisbane and the wider Queensland region:


  • Free of charge or very close to free of charge
  • Evidence-based treatment delivery
  • Service delivery will be provided as advertised
  • Registered providers
  • Culturally appropriate service delivery and understanding
  • Often, staff qualifications and training is at a higher level


  • Long waiting lists (this can depend on each service, however, there are many reports of long waiting lists in getting into a public facility)
  • Facilities can be dilapidated due to a lack of funding in the overall sector
  • Treatment options can be limited due to lack of funding

Drug Rehab Brisbane Costs?

This is a challenging question to answer because there are so many different centres, systems and payment options, so we recommend that you do your own research before making a decision.

In this section, we will try and give you an overview of costs, so that you can get an idea of how pricing works in the sector.

Private System

Self-funded costs: Some Brisbane drug and alcohol rehab programs are not covered by any private health funds, so program costs are self-funded.

An estimated range of these programs is $5,000 – $30,000.

Programs covered by private health: Some private hospital rehabilitation programs are covered by private health insurance. The costs of the program depend on the level of cover you hold with your private health insurer. Considering that you hold the right cover, you are charged an initial “gap fee”.

Gap fee: $500 – $3000

Public System:

The public system is mostly free to access, however at times programs may require a small fee to access their services. Make sure you check this with the services provider you engage.


We hope that you have found this article about drug rehab in Brisbane helpful, and as mentioned above we would recommend that you book a free session with us before making any decisions about your treatment to make sure you are on the correct path.

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