Residential Health Treatment Program

Toora’s Residential Health Treatment Program, Lesley’s Place assists women, trans women and feminine-identifying people aged 18 or older, with or without accompanying children, who are impacted by drug and/or alcohol dependencies. Clients are provided with accommodation and are required to enter having undergone a period of abstinence from substances or having undergone withdrawal.

Withdrawal can occur within a supervised inpatient setting or community-based setting. All clients will be screened and need to provide a negative drug/alcohol result on entry. Women on pharmacotherapies are accepted into the program.

What can Toora’s residential health treatment program help with?

  • Supported and safe accommodation
  • Case management and treatment planning
  • Relapse prevention
  • Specialist alcohol and drug counselling
  • Access to our structured Day Program
  • Detox information and education sessions
  • Assistance with smoking cessation
  • Access to external programs such as and Hepatitis Prevention Program and Sexual health Screening programs
  • Advocacy and close liaison with partner services such as Community Mental Health, GPs and ACT Housing
  • Assistance regaining custody of their children


Rent for our accommodation is set as per Toora’s Housing Factsheet. Clients are asked to make a meals contribution. Women in our accommodation are eligible for rent assistance from Centrelink. Case management services are free.


You can self-refer for the Residential Health Treatment Program by contacting Toora directly on (02) 6122 7000 or emailing

Toora Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Service provides short-term and longer-term specialist AOD treatment and support in shared residential settings. All residential programs operate in a safe, friendly and welcoming home to assist our clients to begin or continue with their recovery plan.

Our programs aim to address issues underlying our clients’ drug use and equip them with the tools and positive life-skills they need to maintain abstinence before returning to the wider community.

Lesley’s Place is a short-stay 12-week program offering support to women at the beginning of their recovery who have completed a substance withdrawal. Marzenna House offers longer-term support to women who have established recovery for at least three months. The maximum stay with Marzenna House is 12 months.

All clients receive case management and are allocated their own AOD specialist case coordinator to develop goals and an individual treatment plan.

We offer a range of interventions and educational groups which are based on mutual self-help and peer support. Clients in the Marzenna House program may act as “Recovery Champions” who are further on in their recovery journey and are able to guide other clients.

Our specialist AOD case coordinators have been professionally trained in all areas relevant to the AOD sector, and in line with the standards in the ACT Alcohol and Other Drug Qualifications Strategy.