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How long will I have to wait to get help for my alcohol/drug use? I've heard that it can take months.

25/05/2018


The length of time you will need to wait varies between services and your specific needs. When you contact a service, they will be able to tell you how long it will take to get an appointment.

Most services will give you an assessment appointment as soon as possible, and will often discuss strategies or support services that may be available in your area while you are waiting.

Is there anything else I can do while I'm waiting to access a service?

Waiting for treatment can be frustrating, especially when you are ready to act straight away. However, there are some things you can do while you're waiting which can be beneficial. For example, you could:

  • Attend a support group.

  • Talk to a counsellor on a helpline. ADIS counsellors can support you while you are waiting to get into a treatment program, as well as provide ongoing counselling if you need it.

  • Focus on improving other issues, such as your health, diet, exercise and sleep patterns. Your GP can help with this.

  • Adopt harm reduction practices.

These activities can provide support in the meantime and might help keep you focused on your upcoming treatment program. 

To find out more about ways to stop using alcohol and drugs, go to the Support and Treatment page.

To find out how to access support, go to the Getting Help page.

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