Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between detox and rehab?

Detoxification (detox) is a process that removes unwanted substances from the body of the addict, which may take about a week. Rehabilitation (rehab) may include detox at the beginning, but generally refers to further work focused on building the capacity of the patient to live a healthy life, into the future, with the addiction under control.

Can people under 18 come to Gunnebah?

Unfortunately, no. Generally, it is more effective for teenagers to participate in programs specifically focused on teens, due to their unique stage of life and their different social and program needs.

Am I allowed to leave during my stay?

Weekly activities will be undertaken by groups outside the facility. These will be supervised by staff.

On rare occasions a guest may leave with supervision for extenuating circumstances.

Should a guest choose to leave during their stay without our consent they will not be allowed to return without restarting their treatment.

What are the conditions of coming to Gunnebah?

Guests attend on a voluntary basis.
Guests commit to participate in all activities.
Unfortunately we cannot treat people with serious mental illness or a significant history of perpetrating violence.

How long should I stay?

Our program starts from 30 days but we encourage you to stay for at least 90 days if you can. Studies have shown that 90 day rehab is more than twice as successful in achieving long term recovery as shorter periods. However, we also understand that it may be extremely difficult for you to take that amount of time out of your life and and so our program starts at 30 days, to balance effectiveness with what you may be able to manage. We only want to have you as our guest once and we are serious about getting you a life free of addiction.

Can I stay longer than 90 days?

Should you not feel ready to leave after 90 days we will happily discuss extending your stay at a reduced rate. If however we feel that an extended stay would not necessarily assist you we will advise an alternative course of treatment.

Does Gunnebah use the 12 step process?

Yes and No! The 12 step process has been in use for nearly 100 years and has been successful for many people, however many advances have been made in addiction treatment. At Gunnebah we are constantly striving for evidence-based best practice so we try to adopt the best of all treatment philosophies including certain parts of the 12 step process. We have a holistic approach to make you mentally and physically strong and healthy so you can beat addiction forever.

How should I prepare for Gunnebah?

The healthier you are before you come to Gunnebah the easier your life changing journey will be. Try to eat well, sleep well, exercise and minimise or stop any unhealthy habits as early as possible before you come to us.

Above all, please come to Gunnebah with an open mind and a genuine desire to give 100% to your recovery.

I am on medication for my addiction. Can I continue to take this medication whilst at Gunnebah?

Addiction medication will be addressed as part of the entry procedures.

Can I bring my pet?

Unfortunately, no. We already have a number of animals at Gunnebah.

What about coffee?

Coffee is available in the morning but in the afternoon and evening only decaf or herbal teas. We want to make sure that you can relax and get a good sleep at night.

What do you think about romantic relationships between guests?

We discourage romantic relationships. You have more than enough to deal with in terms of overcoming your addiction without having to negotiate a new relationship. Most relationships that begin in rehab do not last. In fact, starting a relationship can be a subconscious way of avoiding dealing with what you need to.

What does it cost?

See our costings page for more information about cost and inclusions.

Will my private health insurance cover the cost of my stay?

Private health insurance may (depending on your particular policy) assist with the cost of your stay for detox in a hospital. However, Gunnebah is not a hospital and, in Australia at the moment, private health insurance does not cover the cost of your stay in a private residential addiction recovery facility.

What breaches may result in exclusion of a guest from Gunnebah?

The management of Gunnebah reserves the right to discharge any client from our treatment program,  and no refund will be given, for any of the following reasons:

  • A guest is found to be intoxicated (with alcohol or drugs) during their stay at our facility or is in possession of any alcohol, non-prescribed drugs or cigarettes. This includes refusal to take a drug test or alcohol test.
  • A guest causes disruption to the treatment program and/or disturbs the treatment of other clients during their stay. This includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate behaviour, theft, breaking of federal or state laws.
  • Refusal to comply with the treatment program. This includes, but is not limited to, leaving the property without approval, leaving the group without approval when on an excursion, serious non participation or active undermining of the program.
  • Undisclosed acute mental illness or criminal history.
  • A guest is found to be medically or psychologically unstable/ unfit to stay in the program.  (In this situation, a refund will be considered on a case by case basis).


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