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, trauma informed 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 those impacted by the criminal justice, child protection and mental health systems. Dianella Cottage offers a range of groups including SMART Recovery Peer Support Groups, therapeutic and social groups, as well as offering comprehensive assessment and care planning, individual counselling and case management.


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
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Services we provide

Grit, Reframe and Healthy Recovery Lifestyle

A range of group programs explaining the relationship between the stress alert system and drug dependance, lifestyle factors associated with a sustainable recovery and finding practical solutions to challenges associated with recovery. These groups run weekly for approximately 5-7 weeks.


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…


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.



Garden Club

A social group for anyone wishing to learn a new skill, make meaningful connections and give back to the Dianella community.



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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