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How to approach drug issues 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. 

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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 parents

Your Room Poster

This poster promotes the Your Room website, the place for drug and alcohol information. Display this poster at community events or in public areas.


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Your Room and Get Healthy Service Postcard

​This postcard promotes the Your Room website, the place for drug and alcohol information and the Get Healthy Service, which offers free personal telephone coaching to reduce alcohol intake. Distribute these postcards to anyone looking for alcohol and other drug information and support. 

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Your Guide to Dealing With Teenagers and Alcohol

This booklet is a guide for parents on communicating with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around.

This booklet is a guide for parents on communicating with their teenagers about responsible drinking and provides information about the risks associated with binge drinking and tips for having a safe night when alcohol is around. The guide includes:

  • setting boundaries
  • tips for encouraging responsible drinking
  • being a good role model
  • alcohol and the law
  • guidelines for parties and holidays
  • useful web links.
  • The guide is designed for use in information stalls, libraries and health and community centres.

Available individually

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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 health and welfare services.

    You can use Your Service Hub to find alcohol and other drug services if you need support for your own or someone else's substance use. Use specific search terms like 'family', 'Aboriginal' and 'drug counselling' to narrow your search down.

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

    More about Your Service Hub
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