Mirikai rehabilitation

At Mirikai, we believe that with the right care and support, people can change their lives

Live-in and recover

At Burleigh on the sunny Gold Coast, Mirikai offers a residential alcohol and drug treatment program, which is part of a continuous package of care. While staying with us in a safe and drug-free environment, you will undertake an evidence-based live-in program, which provides strategies to help you:

  • reduce substance use
  • manage life challenges
  • develop goals
  • and prevent relapse, towards supporting lives free from the harms of drugs or alcohol.
How long is the program?

The live-in program is offered over six to 12 weeks, with length of stay dependent upon a person’s need and circumstances. As part of a package of treatment, you can access:

  • six weeks to three months live-in treatment
  • free before and after service support
  • transitional accommodation
  • free community-based counselling and support.
Who can stay?

The program supports people aged 18 to 35.

Get prepared

As soon as you make contact with us, you will be able to access support, as you can see one of our qualified counsellors in the community. This free counselling can help you prepare for entering our live-in program.

On entering

You will be welcomed and settled in, before meeting your treatment facilitator who is honoured to work with you and guide you through the program. With patience and curiosity, your facilitator will seek to understand your needs and treatment goals and work with you to tailor a plan to help get your life back in line with your potential.

Our program

We believe in delivering a program of respect that you can feel proud to be part of. Our care is holistic, tailored to individual needs and education-based. The program takes a harm-minimisation approach and applies a community environment of learning and support as well as individual counselling as required. Residents are required to remain drug-free throughout and will be provided with support to quit smoking. Research shows that people who give up smoking do better overall in their recovery.

Ongoing aftercare

Completing a drug and alcohol residential program is an achievement but only one step on a longer journey. Following that we will support you to take the actions needed to make the changes you have identified to your goals in recovery. This may include a short stay in our transitional accommodation. You can also access free, ongoing counselling in the community. Support doesn’t stop when you leave Mirikai, with transitional and community teams in place to provide ongoing aftercare.

Our team

Our friendly and professional team has a wide range of life experience and qualifications and is made up of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and counsellors. We can help you access Centrelink and other government, professional and medical services if required.

How much does it cost?

You are required to pay some money towards your stay, which depends on the type of benefit or payment you receive from Centrelink. Usually, the cost amounts to 85 per cent of your fortnightly Centrelink benefit. There is also an upfront admission fee (which includes your first two weeks of treatment and a medication levy).

If self-funding (not receiving Centrelink benefits), you will be required to pay for your full six-week cycle treatment in advance. This amounts to $2000 upfront.


We accept referrals but you don’t need to present one. Just give us a call on 1300 727 957 and we will have a chat to you to determine your needs. If you leave a message, we will call you back asap. We also accept online provider referrals from other health professionals, services and community and government organisations or they can fax referrals to 07 5576 2512.

Or you can self-refer online.

You need to be aged between 18 and 35 to apply. 

Once we receive your referral (online, by fax or over the phone), the Pre-Treatment Team will make contact with you within 2-3 business days to schedule an assessment.

Admission times vary. Be assured, you will be supported by our Pre-Treatment Team until you can be admitted. Once your referral is received, your support begins.


Mirikai is located at 191 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads, on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Buses stop nearby. We can provide you with the latest bus timetables if required.

Can my family stay in contact?

During your stay, you will have regular access to your mobile phone in a dedicated session, at which time you can call your family. You can also send and receive letters. Phone messages can be left at reception for you. Visitors are welcome on the weekend between visiting hours and you may take a leave day from your second weekend in treatment on Saturdays and/or Sundays.

Please note, we cannot provide any information to family members calling to inquire about your treatment due to privacy obligations. If you wish us to provide them with information, we will need your consent to authorise this.

Want more information?

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

Download our Mirikai brochure

View our Frequently Asked Questions

Mirikai’s local Aboriginal meaning is “a place of peace”, and we acknowledge the traditional owners of its land, paying respects to local Elders, past and present…

Lives Lived Well thanks the Council of the City of Gold Coast for their support of our Gold Coast services.

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