Detour House

Empowering Women in Recovery

We’re here to support you on your journey
At Detour House, we stand with women who are working to overcome drug and/or alcohol dependency and are ready to embrace a new chapter in their lives. Our mission is to empower women through trauma-informed care, safe spaces, and tailored programs, with the ultimate goal of reducing the incidence of homelessness.

Our Programs

Residential Program

Embark on a transformative three-month rehabilitation journey in our supportive, women-only environment. Our residential program provides a safe, home-like space where women receive the tools and resources they need to break free from addiction and create a better future.

Aftercare Program

The journey to recovery doesn’t end after the residential program. Our Aftercare Program offers continuing care and assistance for up to 12 months after completing the in-house program. We provide ongoing support through support to access transitional housing, online programs, case management, and access to essential services to ensure a smooth transition to independent living. Case managers are also able to link you in with appropriate external agencies to address your health, legal and housing needs.


At Detour House, our success is measured not just by statistics but by the transformation of lives. We are proud to share the inspiring words of the women who have graduated from our program and gone on to lead stable, fulfilling lives.

Frankie 32-year-old non-binary person who is currently a member of the Detour House Transition program. They came to Detour House seeking treatment for alcohol and drug addiction and to implement the 12-step program into their life. Frankie came to Detour House with no home address. During their time as a residential program client, Frankie developed life skills, healthy routines, self-care and healthier habits. Detour House also helped Frankie reconnect with their self and their spirituality through the program and their counselling which Detour provides through a partnership with Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre.

Through attending the Transitional program, Frankie first obtained Crisis Accommodation through The Gender Centre and then moved into Transitional Housing provided by St George Community Housing. Frankie says the Transition Program has helped them become more accountable and responsible for their recovery.


Kylie entered the DH program after transferring from Foundation House. Kylie was an ice user with no diagnosis of mental health and no medication. Kylie has an 8-year-old daughter with final orders underway to have her taken into permanent care. Kylie has a history of family and domestic violence both as a child and as a adult and a history of CSA. Kylie initially presented as being quite reserved in the program but through case management, it appeared that Kylie had great awareness, was motivated and often animated. Kylie thought she has ADHD and possible bipolar disorder as she struggles with focusing and sitting still, she was also experiencing vast changes in mood. Kylie was supported to keep a journal of changes in mood, and she was referred to a psychiatrist who confirmed an appointment for her.

While stabilising her moods, the priority was to support Kylie to begin the process of a section 90 to get her daughter back in her care. Kylie was an important member of the house and in time became a great leader and mentor to the other clients. Kylie graduated the program with flying colours and went on to secure a job through Two Good as a kitchen assistant. Kylie remains sober, is continuing to work on getting her daughter back and still attends transition group weekly, she is a valued client of DH.



Bobby came into Detour House transferring from another rehabilitation service. Bobby is homeless, a poly drug user and has anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Bobby was unsure if she needed further rehab. Initially Bobby was guarded and appeared to be disconnected from what was going on for her. Bobby usually had her ‘mask’ on and was always making jokes as a way of diverting from what was really going on for her. As Bobby has ADHD, we worked on strategies for her bookwork such as taking a regular break and going for a short walk. Through Case Management sessions and group work, Bobby began to feel more comfortable and trusting and began to let her guard down a little. Bobby became more vulnerable with her peers and staff and began to make progress by using supported strategies and tools to regulate herself when she was being triggered or had a trauma memory. Bobby graduated in January 2023 and is glad she stayed at Detour House. Upon graduating Boddy shared that what she has learnt and the changes she has been able to put into place while at Detour House with regards to boundaries and co-dependency is invaluable. Bobby was referred to St George Community Housing for a transition property and has been accepted and moves into her new property in two weeks. The Detour House Aftercare Brokerage program will be accessed to help her establish her new home. Bobby is committed to remaining part of the Detour House transition program.

Call Numbers

We prioritise the safety and well-being of all our participants. If you are in immediate need of assistance, please find the emergency contact numbers below:

Emergency Services:


National Domestic Violence Helpline:

1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)

Drug and Alcohol Helpline:

1800 250 015

Life Line:

13 11 14

Are You Seeking Support?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, scared, or uncertain, we’re here to help. We understand that reaching out for support can be difficult, but remember, you don’t have to face this alone. Our doors are always open, and our team is ready to provide the caring and nonjudgmental support you deserve. Your well-being is our top priority.

Support Us

Your support can make a real difference in the lives of the women we serve. By making a donation to Detour House Inc, you help us continue providing life-changing programs and resources to empower women on their journey to recovery.
Thank you for being a part of our mission to create a future where all women can live safe, stable, and fulfilling lives. Together, we can make a positive impact and support women on their path to recovery.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal land in which we live and practice and the cultures that here gather; our ancestors and future generations. We embrace anti-oppressive feminist practice, holding the hope of creating safety-centred positive change.
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