Drug & Alcohol Recovery

Location services

Serenity House

Serenity House is a Sobering Up and Place of Safety facility located in Burnie, North West Tasmania.

It is also a place for ‘time-out’, offering communal living under the support and supervision of trained staff. Counselling is available, along with referral to other agencies and follow-up when requested.

Time-out is available for people from any part of the state where substance misuse is the primary presenting need for support.

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Serenity House


The Missiondale Therapeutic Community (TC) is a 34 bed residential facility located on a 25-acre peaceful rural property in Evandale, Tasmania. The program is made up of six different stages, taking up to 6 months to complete. Residents of all stages live together in shared accommodation (lounges, kitchens, bathrooms – but you will have your own bedroom) to support each other through the program.

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Places of Safety

The City Mission's Places of Safety exist to provide support to people over the age of 18 found in public places by Police who are behaving in a manner likely to cause injury to themselves or another person or are incapable of protecting themselves from physical harm

Admission to a Place of Safety can only be obtained by Police referral.


SMART recovery (self-management and recovery training) is a program that offers a chance to work together, to examine and change problem behaviours including drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, internet and others. SMART is a practical and solution focused program using evidence-based tools such as cognitive behavior therapy and motivational tools and techniques. The group is a safe place where you can express yourself freely and respectfully.

The program aims to enhance and maintain motivation, cope with urges, problem solve and maintain a lifestyle balance. The group focuses on the present (looking at the last 7 days and the next 7 days) the focus is on the behavior and not the problem itself. The group will share practical solutions and the participant will set their own achievable goal for the week ahead.

What to expect

  • Delivered online at the moment
  • Weekly meetings
  • 90minute duration
  • Run by trained facilitators
  • Focus is on the addictive behaviour and not on the substance itself
  • Goal setting: Set your own achievable plan for the week ahead
  • Concentrate on present and future, not on the past (no life stories)

Some of the tools and techniques to help you manage addictive behaviours include:

  • Pros and cons of problematic behaviour
  • Triggers, beliefs and consequences
  • Craving and urges
  • Goal setting
  • Areas of Importance

To register your interest in the program please contact:

Jasmine Murphy
P. 0491 138 908
E. jasmine.murphy@citymission.org.au

Brent Duggan
P. 0491 141 606
E. brent.duggan@citymission.org.au

For further information visit the SMART recovery Australia website

Orana House

156 George Town Road, Newnham

Phone: 6326 6133

Serenity House

122 West Mooreville Road, Burnie TAS 7320

Phone: 6435 4654


75 Leighlands Road, Evandale

Phone: 6391 8013

Client Story

Pete's Story

City Mission’s Serenity House offered me love and support while I detoxed from alcohol and drugs as well as providing me with basic counselling and options for me to further my recovery from addiction.

I chose to enter Missiondale’s Recovery Program where I have been able to start looking at all the core areas that underpinned my addiction. With help and guidance from God and the caring staff at Missiondale, my ambition to lead a happy and addiction-free life is becoming a reality.

Having time to reflect and having no distractions was most helpful [at Serenity House]. The staff are terrific.

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