To join a Buttery residential or community program
02 6687 1111
fax 02 6687 1039 or email

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, problem gambling and mental health issues. It is guided by the philosophy – Addiction is not a consequence of choice: rehabilitation is.

As well as residential programs, it also operates community outreach programs throughout the NSW Northern Rivers Region.

The Buttery’s long-term residential rehab program operates as a Therapeutic Community where the community of residents itself promotes 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 for people currently being maintained on opioid substitutes who wish to move to an abstinence-based lifestyle.

All Buttery programs are evidence-based and represent best-practice. The Buttery is an independent, community-based charitable organisation. The Buttery is not affiliated with any religious or political group.

The Buttery’s programs in the community 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 health and substance abuse issues; Partners in Recovery 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 or someone you love have a problem with drugs, alcohol or gambling?

The Buttery Therapeutic Community provides treatment for people affected by drug and/or alcohol issues.

The Buttery Therapeutic Community which includes The Buttery’s Maintenance to Abstinence Program (MTA) treats people, in most cases, at no direct cost to themselves.

Phone: 02 6687 1111 (enquiries 8.30- 5)

To download a leaflet listing Buttery residential and community programs please click here


The Buttery Private wellbeing program is a residential program for people experiencing non-acute mental health issues who may have signs of depressionsymptoms of anxiety, high levels of workplace stress and for those concerned about alcohol misuse and drug misuse.

The Buttery Private is a user-pays program. As a social enterprise, surplus funds are applied to The Buttery’s charitable works.

Phone 1300 851 695

Visit The Buttery Private website


As well as two residential programs, The Buttery has seven 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 programs.

 CORE: a non-residential drug and alcohol rehab program. It operates during school hours on weekdays. The program is offered on rotation in Byron Bay, Lismore and Tweed Heads.

 The Youth Alcohol & Other Drugs Program is available in Grafton/Maclean, Bellingen/Nambucca, Tweed Heads and Lismore/Casino for young people 12-24 years old.

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

Relapse Prevention Aftercare Service (RPAS) and Alcohol & Other Drugs Continuing Cordinated Care (AODCCC) are programs in the community helping people find lasting recovery.

To make a general enquiry: Phone 02 6687 1111

To download a leaflet listing Buttery residential and community programs please click here

What people are saying about The Buttery

I was really cared for in the program. The magic of The Buttery is hard to put into words,” Eliza who completed the MTA program.

Now my life is much better than I thought it could be,” Gary a client of The Northern Rivers Gambling Counselling Service.

If you are experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide 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)