Mirikai rehabilitation

Dianella Cottage celebrates diversity and warmly welcomes people from all cultures and countries to our place of healing.


Minimising harm and recovery

Dianella Cottage is a harm minimisation service that provides a non-judgmental, drug and alcohol support day program for people with coexisting drug, alcohol and mental health concerns, including P.T.S.D. and complex trauma. This includes people on opiate treatment programs and impacted by the criminal justice, child protection and mental health systems.

Dianella Cottage also runs the Wise Woman’s Day Treatment Program which is designed for women who need intensive drug and alcohol treatment but have difficulty attending a residential rehabilitation service for a detox program. This program is run two days per week for 7 weeks, during school terms within school hours on Monday & Tuesday from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm. 


The way we work at Dianella Cottage

At Dianella Cottage, our professional team uses a harm minimisation framework and draws upon a range of therapeutic practices such as:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.


Services we provide

DBT Workshops

A practical program explaining the relationship between the stress alert system and drug dependence. A preparation for the day treatment program or effective as a stand alone group. 


Wise Woman’s Day Treatment Program

An intensive non-residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The program runs for 2 days per week for 7 weeks (school terms).



Lithgow Service

Services include Community Smart Recovery, Work and Development Orders, Treatment Planning and Individual Support, and Group Programs. Read more…


SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based support group for adults who would like to implement change in regards to their substance use. Read more…


Making Choices

A sustainable recovery service for adults living in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow areas. Strengthen your skills to support your recovery from alcohol and drugs. Read more…


Individual Support

Dianella Cottage also offers individual treatment and support. If you’d like to find out more information about what would suit you, call 1300 727 957.



Want more information?

For inquiries about the program, give us a call on 1300 727 957 or send an email to [email protected]



Do I need to stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol to come to the program?

We are a harm minimisation program, which means we work with women to reduce the impact of using drugs and alcohol. If you decide to attend a group, you need to commit to actively participating and to not being intoxicated when you attend.

Is there a cost?

We rely upon contributions to assist us in costs of items not covered by our current funding, e.g. food, resources and materials for group programs, and general maintenance of the cottage. We would appreciate a contribution of up to $20 when you attend counselling or group. If you cannot afford this, you are still welcome to attend.

Is there childcare provided?

Dianella Cottage does not have childcare on site but we can support you to arrange childcare if needed.

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Lives Lived Well acknowledges the peoples of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, respecting their continuing connection to land, culture and community. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future. 

Lives Lived Well celebrates diversity and is committed to providing inclusive services. Everyone has the right to live well, with dignity and respect. We offer support to all people without judgment or discrimination.