If you're trying to stop or reduce your use of substances, seeking professional help can be a good idea, particularly if you've been coping with your drug or alcohol issue for a long time.
Drug and alcohol services can include one-on-one counselling, group work, detoxification programs (to assist with withdrawal), and rehabilitation programs. Counsellors at these services can provide advice to help you choose the type of support to suit your needs. All drug and alcohol services offer confidential information and treatment.
Can I access free services?
Yes, free drug and alcohol services are available. Some services are covered by Medicare, while other services will charge a fee.
Do I need a referral?
Private clinics will require a referral from your GP, but most publicly-funded services accept self-referrals.
How can I choose the right service for me?
While there are many options available and some may suit you better than others, finding the right service can sometimes be difficult. If you need help, you can call ADIS to talk with a counsellor about available services in your area and which option might be right for you, so you can make an informed choice.
To find out more about ways to stop using alcohol and drugs, go to the Support and Treatment [KE1] page.
To find out how to access support, go to the Getting Help [KE2] page.