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The Sobering Up Shelter

Have you, your friend or family member had too much to drink? Or perhaps taken another substance and need somewhere safe to sleep it off?

The Sobering Up Shelter (SUS) is a voluntary, confidential service that provides overnight support, care and monitoring for people over the age of 18 recovering from alcohol and/ or other drug intoxication.

The service is staffed by Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Workers and is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from 11pm to 11am, with last admission at 6.00am As well as monitoring overnight, we provide individualised education, information and support for alcohol and other drug related issues such as:

  • The effects of alcohol and other drugs on physical and mental health
  • The impact of alcohol and other drugs on relationships, work or study
  • Strategies to quit or reduce drinking or drug use
  • Harm minimisation

We can also assist with referrals to other services including:

  • Detox & withdrawal programs
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs
  • Drug and alcohol support services and counselling
  • Mental health services
  • Supported accommodation

Referrals to the Sobering Up Shelter can be made by individuals, friends, family members, ACT Policing, and the ACT Ambulance by contacting the service directly on 6163 3711 or 0406 377 623. For enquiries contact 6163 7600 during business hours.


Funded by the ACT Government Department of Health

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