Government of Western Australia Drug and Alcohol Office

Sobering Up Centres

There are 10 sobering up centres in WA providing a safe, care-oriented environment in which people found intoxicated in public may sober up.

Sobering up centres help to reduce the harm associated with intoxication for the individual, their families and the broader community, and play a key role in the response to family and domestic violence and homelessness.

People may refer themselves to a centre or be brought in by the police, a local patrol, health/welfare agencies, or other means.  But attendance at a centre is voluntary.

A person being cared for in a sobering up centre can expect:

  • A safe environment
  • A shower, clean bed, clean clothes, and a simple nutritious meal
  • Non-discriminatory and non-judgemental care
  • Referral to other agencies and services if required.

For further assistance with accommodation and homelessness visit the Directory of crisis accommodation and homelessness services.

Last updated on 14 October 2011