Drug and alcohol support

Reaching out for help and support is an important first step in dealing with the issues drugs and alcohol might be causing in your life or affecting a friend or family member.

Here you will find a number of different resources to help you, or help you support someone you care about.

What services are there?

It takes courage for someone to admit they may have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Recognising you might have an issue and asking for help is an important first step to making a change. The Australian Government is offering more help than ever before, with a range of options available, such as:

  • Counselling
  • Treatment
  • Information
  • Support
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National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline

The states and territories operate local alcohol and other drug telephone services that offer support, information, counselling, and referrals to services. These Alcohol and Drug Information Services offer services for:

  • Individuals
  • Family and friends
  • General practitioners
  • Other health professionals
  • Business and community groups

For free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs, call the National Alcohol and Other Drug hotline: 1800 250 015. It will automatically direct you to the Alcohol and Drug Information Service in your state or territory.

Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF)

The ADF’s mission is to inspire positive change and deliver evidence-based approaches to minimise alcohol and drug harm. Central to this is ensuring Australians in communities across the country have timely access to relevant, accurate and evidence-based information that will assist them to:

  • Make informed decisions relating to drug use.
  • Understand the consequences of drug use.
  • Participate in drug prevention efforts.

Talking about drugs

Drug use is a personal and sometimes sensitive issue and may be difficult to talk about. Understanding drugs and why people might use them can help to facilitate an open and supportive conversation.

DrugInfo - Help & Support services

Easily access reliable information about alcohol and other drugs by calling or emailing DrugInfo.

Call or email DrugInfo

It’s a free and confidential service – speak to a real person for real information about alcohol and other drugs and how you can best support yourself or someone you’re concerned about.

DrugInfo helps thousands of Australians every year by listening, providing the facts, and sharing contact details for counselling, treatment, and support services.

Find a service in your local area from the list below, simply filter by service type and state to quickly discover help near you at https://adf.org.au/help-support/