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The Buttery is a not-for-profit, charitable rehab organisation located near Bangalow in Northern NSW, Australia. As a rehab, The Buttery specialises in the treatment of alcohol and other drug misuse and problem gambling. It is guided by the philosophy – Addiction is not a consequence of choice: rehabilitation is.

As well as a residential addiction rehab, it also operates community outreach programs in the NSW Northern Rivers Region.

The Buttery’s long-term residential rehab program operates as a Therapeutic Community where the community of residents itself is the main vehicle for promoting personal change through self-help and mutual support. Co-located on its Binna Burra Campus is the MTA (Maintenance To Abstinence) rehab program. It is also a residential program, for people currently being maintained on opioid substitutes who wish to move to an abstinence based lifestyle.

The Buttery’s  community outreach services cover a wide area in northern NSW. These are: INTRA for adults and teenagers with drug and alcohol abuse problems; CORE a day-stay rehab program in Lismore, Byron Bay  and Tweed Heads; the Young People’s Alcohol & Other Drugs Early Intervention Project  in the Bellingen and Grafton areas;  b.well an outreach service for teenagers and adults with mental illness and substance abuse issues; Recovery Partners for people with long-term mental health issues (operated in conjunction with Mission Australia) and The Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service. The Buttery’s Family Program is a free counselling service funded wholly by philanthropic support for the family members of Buttery residents and those in the wider community.

Do you have a problem with drugs, alcohol or gambling?

If you are experiencing thoughts of self harm or suicide it is important to seek immediate help.

In Australia contact:

Lifeline 13 11 14 or

Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 or

Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800 (if you are under 18 years old)

The Buttery Private is The Buttery’s user-pays social enterprise. It allows us to help more people in need. Surplus funds are applied to The Buttery’s charitable works. The Buttery Private wellbeing program is for people experiencing non-acute mental health issues who may have signs of depression, anxiety symptoms, high levels of workplace stress and for those concerned about alcohol misuse and drug misuse.

For more information: 1300 851 695


As well as residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation, The Buttery has five free community outreach services for people in the NSW Northern Rivers Region:

INTRA for adults and teenagers with drug and alcohol problems.

The Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service for problem gamblers.

b.well for people with co-existing substance abuse and mental health issues.

A free Family Counselling Service for the family members of people in contact with The Buttery’s outreach services or those in the residential community.

Partners in Recovery for people who may have long-term mental health issues ( conducted in partnership with Mission Australia).