Sunrise Way Rehab PROGRAMMES


We take a long term holistic approach to addiction recovery and will help you gain the knowledge, strategies and skills to enable you to live your life free of drugs and alcohol while living in a supportive and caring environment.

The structured residential programme is in two phases over a six-month period. During this time, we work closely with you to understand your needs and goals and provide tailored support. You will participate in group therapy, receive individual counselling, while also doing a variety of activities aimed at your overall wellbeing such as meditation and yoga.

We focus on what you need on your recovery journey so that you will gain an understanding of your addiction, know yourself and have the tools, confidence and self-awareness to maintain positive change. Our programme is culturally sensitive and our clients are a diverse group. In acknowledgment of our commitment to support such diversity we have been granted funding to support our indigenous community.

Built on empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard for each and every client that walks through our doors, our programme will support you to take individual responsibility for your own recovery. You will do light exercise every day and help to prepare healthy meals with the other residents, which you will find provides a welcome routine for your day whilst building healthy bodies and minds.

The Sunrise Way programme has a strong integration of the 12-step principles that underpin both Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Residents attend at least 4 AA or NA meetings each week during their stay.

Being a therapeutic community, the success of the programme is also determined by the supportive relationships formed with other residents. Clients help each other to solve problems and overcome challenges allowing them to draw strength from each other. Like any successful community, there are communal meals and chores are shared. This is all an important part of learning life skills and reconnecting with people.

The programme can be described as a psychoeducational life skills based programme that incorporates a wide variety of evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Narrative Therapy, Art and Music Therapy, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), among others.



Once you have completed the six-month residential program you have the option to continue your recovery in our transitional housing for a further six-months. 

Our transitional housing is a safe space for you to continue to focus on your recovery while learning life skills, volunteering, accessing study, work experience, building new community connections and positive supportive networks.

With a peer support worker living in the transition house, and being located in close proximity to Sunrise Way, you will have the support you need to gently return to the community and set yourself up with gainful employment and stable housing.

One of our counsellors will continue to meet with you weekly and can also provide family counselling to help rebuild or strengthen these relationships.



The success of our programme is attributed to the wide variety of community connections and collaborative partnerships with a diverse range of services including:

  • Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service
  • Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network
  • Queensland Health
  • Queensland Police
  • Centrelink
  • Carbal Medical Services
  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • The Clubhouse
  • Lifeline
  • Catholic Care
  • Relationships Australia
  • Partners in Recovery
  • Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI)
    Purelands College


For up to 12 months post completing the Sunrise Way programme residents continue to receive regular counselling and support from one of our Sunrise Way counsellors. Family counselling is also available to help to strengthen clients’ key relationships.

During their stay, Sunrise Way residents are connected with a wide variety of supports to ensure their ongoing success after leaving rehab. Many of our partners (link to above) provide ongoing support through volunteer opportunities and helping residents find employment.

In addition, the AA and NA programme and communities offer guidance while the clients are in Sunrise Way and support them when they transition back into the community.

We give you the support needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle on your journey to recovery.

Take the first step by contacting us. REBUILDING LIVES


When I got to Sunrise Way I didn’t know how sick I was. I was to the point where I had to do something, or die”. Ex-resident, Ian O’Phee.



Sunrise Way is supporting stronger, healthier communities through rebuilding individual lives affected by addiction.