Arcadia House

Provides withdrawal management (detoxification), residential and day treatments for clients who wish to cease their use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Villa A, Brian Hennessy House, Mary Potter Circuit, Bruce ACT 2617 Australia

Operating hours

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wait time

Yes, there are typically waiting times however pre-treatment support is available (contact the service for more information)

After hours support



Arcadia House provides withdrawal, residential and day treatments for clients who wish to cease their use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, including: 7 – 14 day non-medicated withdrawal support for people experiencing withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs; 12 week day program; and 12 week residential rehabilitation with additional 4 week “step down” day program for all ACT residents with safe stable accommodation. Note due to ongoing COVID-19 situations an online Day Program has been created.

Arcadia House is operated by Directions Health Services.

(Go to their website for more information or click on the Other Information tab for further details.)

Age range eligibility

18-25 year old
26 +


Other useful documentation: Photo ID, Medicare card, concession card, prescriptions, medical records, court or criminal history records if applicable etc.

Medication/Intoxication exclusions

Details on accessing when intoxicated:

Use of drug testing

Drug testing is conducted as part of treatment

Treatment type

Residential treatment
Withdrawal management (detoxification)

Harm reduction initiatives

Provide Naloxone and/or overdose prevention education
Provide peer interventions

Treatment duration

The average program duration is 14 weeks

Treatment goal

Reduce ATOD use
Harm reduction

Delivery mode

Appointment required
Initial assessment: Initial assessment is undertaken by the intake team. Contact service for more information.

ACT and NSW residents

Accepts ACT residents
Accepts NSW residents

Phones permitted


Smoking permitted


Additional program description

Operated by Directions Health Services, Arcadia House is in a bush land setting within the grounds of Calvary Hospital in Canberra. the program offers a 7 to 10 day, non medicated withdrawal program: a 12 week residential Transition Program and a 12 week Day Program which runs from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Programs are based on Therapeutic Community principles.

Arcadia House residential program: Participants are required to complete the withdrawal program. Non-medicated withdrawal support is provided. If participants require a medically supervised or assisted withdrawal program, this must be completed prior to admission. The program includes case management, living skills, therapeutic and educational groups and healthy lifestyle activities. An individual treatment plan will be developed in collaboration with the allocated case manager and referral to other Directions programs is available (including group counselling and the Althea Wellness Centre). All court matters must be adjourned unless discussed and approved prior to admission. ACT clients on opioid maintenance therapies can access both residential and day programs. Some medication exclusions may apply (e.g. benzodiazepines). Admission requirements for residential program includes: phone stored during stay; frisk search and emptying of pockets required; searching of possessions; possessions stored during stay; change of clothes provided on arrival; confiscation and disposal of alcohol; confiscation and disposal of drug; confiscation and disposal of tobacco etc.

Day Program: Provides a 12-week non-residential Day Program that operates alongside the residential program between 9am and 4pm, Monday – Friday.

Additional supports available:

  • Community and Work Orders
  • Vocational education (i.e. including food handling)
  • Recreation and sport
  • Brokerage
  • Living skills
  • Aftercare
  • Partnerships with Hepatitis and sexual health organisations
  • Provide safe sex information
  • Support to access ongoing liver health monitoring (e.g. for people with advanced liver disease) with external providers

Contact us on social media: @DirectionsAOD on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Additional program services or support

Hepatitis screening/treatment/vaccinations available
STI screening/treatment/vaccinations available
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