Specialised Addiction Recovery For Veterans To Help You Break Free

Reclaim Your Health, Happiness, and Purpose With Our Veterans Program

Has addiction impacted your health, relationships and quality of life? Does it sometimes feel like an invisible weight you can’t lift?

The impact of addiction can be especially profound for veterans, where the scars of service run deep, complicating personal and family relationships and casting a shadow over the life you’ve returned to.

What if instead of being at the mercy of your addiction you could regain control of your life, restore your health, repair your relationships and feel like the strong, respected and capable person you once were?

At Gunnebah, we’ve crafted a recovery program for veterans that merges our effective addiction treatment with the understanding of your particular life experiences, led by professionals who are well-versed in the nuances of veterans’ wellbeing and the DVA’s processes.

With hundreds of success stories and a 4.9 star rating, you can feel confident knowing you’re coming to the right place.

Why Visit Gunnebah?

What You’ll Experience At Our Facility

Our diverse team of qualified professionals brings a wealth of experience in addiction recovery and an understanding of the specific challenges encountered by Veterans.

Wellness Program

Build life skills, develop insight and create healthy lifelong habits. It covers relationship skills, nutrition, physical wellbeing, emotional stability and more.

Therapy

Individual therapy to focus on your life and what is important to you, as well as group therapy to develop mutually supportive friendships.

Adventures

Adventures and new experiences
like learning to surf, bushwalking in local national parks, paddle boarding, and more so you can rediscover the excitement in life itself.

Exercise

Mornings begin with exercise such
as yoga, group fitness or boxercise.
We also have a well-equipped gym, swimming pool and a beautiful hill walk.

Healthy Food

Enjoy delicious, local and wholesome food to nourish your body and mind, whilst also learning the importance of nutrition and how it impacts your health.

Beautiful Location

A beautiful and tranquil retreat that’s removed from the stress, complications and temptations of everyday life, with scenic parks, beaches and wildlife.

Rated 4.9 by 100+ friends.​

“It doesn’t feel like a clinic or a facility, you just feel relaxed and safe like you do at home.”

What Makes Us Different

Value For Money

Gunnebah provides great value for money with top-tier facilities, unmatched care, a proven program and a beautiful semi-remote location for an affordable price.

Tailored Veterans Care

Our program takes into account veteran-specific conditions like PTSD, with therapists who specialise in veteran care and support staff who handle the DVA application process for you.

Guest Satisfaction

Just read our Google reviews to see why Gunnebah is the preferred choice for so many people. The common theme we hear is “If I’d known it was going to be like this I would’ve come a long time ago.”

We handle all the DVA paperwork and logistics for you, so you can focus on recovery. Our program is designed in strict compliance with DVA requirements, along with a comprehensive aftercare program to help veterans achieve lasting results.

Ready for a change? Contact us today and let’s make it happen.

Before & After Your Stay

To make sure you get the most out of our your stay and create the best possible chance of success, we have a comprehensive process for before, during and after your stay,

Gold or White card holders can apply for funding for a residential stay at Gunnebah including post-discharge group aftercare and one on one follow up sessions.

Unfortunately not, DVA does not fund family members, only direct DVA members.

Frequently Asked Questions

All admissions are subject to prior approval from the Department of Veteran Affairs Health Approvals Board. Once you have been assessed and approved by the Gunnebah team, we put through an application to DVA approvals. This generally takes between 2 days and 2 weeks for funding to be approved, in some circumstances, it may be longer, but we will work with you and your advocate to fast-track this as much as possible.
The consistent feedback we receive from veterans is that the non-clinical ‘feel’ of our rehab, our location in beautiful natural surroundings, with plenty of open green space and opportunity to be part of a trauma-aware community, supports them to relax quickly, settle into the programme and the deeper work needed to succeed in long term recovery. Additionally, having access outside of individual and group therapy to a diverse range of activities adapted to suit all abilities, plus the onsite gym and PT sessions, infra-red sauna, pool and adjunctive therapies like yoga, tai-chi, meditation, art therapy, pottery, all assist veterans in regaining their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Participants are required to have their medical practitioner complete a treatment prior approval request document along with an accompanying referral letter. Once approved on our end, Gunnebah will provide this document.
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.
Some weekly activities will be undertaken outside the facility. These will be supervised by staff.
On occasions, a guest may request leave with supervision or with family. This is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Should a guest choose to leave during their stay without our consent they may not be allowed to return.
Guests attend on a voluntary basis.
Guests commit to participate in all activities.
Unfortunately, we cannot treat people with serious unmanaged mental illness or a significant history of perpetrating violence.
Our program is for a minimum of 28 days (4 weeks) but we encourage you to stay for 12 weeks if you can. Some guests stay longer. 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 so our program starts at 28 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 you getting your life free of addiction.
Should you not feel ready to leave after 12 weeks we will happily discuss extending your stay. If however, we feel that an extended stay would not necessarily assist you we will advise an alternative course of treatment. Additional time will need to be requested through Health Approvals.
Yes and No. Whilst we are not a 12-step program, we recognise that the 12 steps are beneficial for many people. And so, we provide opportunities for guests to participate in 12-step meetings. At Gunnebah we are constantly striving for evidence-based best practices 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.
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.
Addiction medication will be addressed as part of the entry procedures.
No unboxed or non-prescribed medications are allowed – any brought will be confiscated.
Unfortunately, no. We already have a number of animals at Gunnebah.
Coffee is available. However, in the afternoon and evening, we recommend only decaf or herbal teas. We want to make sure that you can relax and get a good sleep at night.
We strongly 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. Any sexual activity between guests can be a reason for exclusion from the program.
Guests may bring their phone, laptop or tablet. We do not restrict access, other than during therapy, activities and meal times. However, if you wish to make the most of our program we encourage you to limit using these devices or to even give it to us for safe-keeping. Spending excessive time on your phone or devices can become an easy way to subconsciously avoid the important personal work involved with your recovery.
The best coverage is available with Telstra (or Telstra related providers such as Aldi Mobile and Belong) and Optus. Vodafone is either limited or does not work on our property. Other providers not listed may not have service, please be aware and prepared for potential reception problems.
We do not provide wifi to guests. However, there are a couple of computers available for guest use that are connected to the Internet. Due to the fact that we are on a satellite connection, data is limited and not suitable for video streaming.
Involuntary discharge 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 or non-prescribed drugs. 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, and the 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).
  • Any sexual activity between guests.
You must arrive before 2 pm on your scheduled day of admission. Our admission day is Tuesday (prior to 2 pm) and no admission will be expected on other days or at later times.
On arrival, if we find you have withheld important relevant information, you will not be admitted.
On arrival, if we assess your condition to be high risk, we will refer you to a medical detox facility or mental health facility, for your own wellbeing.

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