For Families

How to approach alcohol and drug use with your family

Alcohol and drugs are a community issue. Talking openly and honestly about them with your family, particularly your children, is one step you can take to prevent drug problems. 

The more you know, the easier it is to talk with your children about alcohol and other drugs. It may also help you recognise and prevent illegal or problematic drug and alcohol use early on and to start finding solutions.

Check out the new resources supporting families affected by alcohol and other drugs.

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For Families

FDS provides telephone support to families in crisis due to drug and alcohol issues. FDS is staffed by volunteers who have firsthand experience of drug dependent family members.

24 hour support line

1300 368 186

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Resources for families

Additional support

It can be very challenging for a parent to talk to their child about many issues, including drugs. For advice about how to talk to young people about drug use, there are resources available:​
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  • Your Service Hub is an online directory of alcohol and other drugs support, health and welfare services. If you need support for your own or someone else's substance use, you should use terms in Find Services like:

    • drug and alcohol family support

    • drug and alcohol Aboriginal services 

    • drug counselling

    • drug and alcohol rehabilitation

    • drug and alcohol residential treatment

    Use your suburb name to narrow the search to services near you.

    Not sure what service you need? Call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 250 015.

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