Discussing substance use, and possible addiction with your family member, friend or partner can be difficult. At the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research, we remain committed to responding effectively to the harms associated with drug misuse. This page aims to provide the public with helpful contacts that can provide information and support for individuals, families and loved ones.
Brisbane Youth Service
Brisbane Youth Service, located in Fortitude Valley, aims to assist young people who are trying to overcome drug and alcohol dependency. Their Drug and Alcohol Support service is underpinned by harm reduction philosophies and provides:
- Drug and alcohol rehabilitation support and case management
- Education (with a focus on health and harm reduction)
- Relapse prevention support
- Referral to other specialist services
- Needle and syringe exchange program (available to BYS clients only)
ph: (07) 3252 3750
Hot House (Youth Alcohol and Drug Service)
Hot House offers free and confidential alcohol and drug counselling services for:
- Young people whose alcohol/drug use is causing them difficulties
- Young people affected by someone else's alcohol/drug use
- Anyone concerned about a young person's drug/alcohol use
- Also provides parent education support group.
‘Biala’ Building, 3rd Floor, 270 Roma Street, Brisbane
Ph: 3837 5633
Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Service
Based in South Brisbane, ADAWS aims to support young people to achieve their goals around their alcohol and drug use, such as having a break from using, cutting back from how much or how often they use, or quitting. The three main programs at ADAWS are:
- The residential 11 day detox (withdrawal) program
- The Outreach program
- The Day program, known as Area 40
Ph: 07 3163 8111
In Queensland, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) treatment services are provided in local communities by Queensland Health, non-government and private organisations.
Services can provide comprehensive assessments for substance use, brief intervention, treatment planning, case management, counselling, residential treatment and referral if required.
To locate your nearest ATOD Service:
- contact the Alcohol and Drug Information Service 1800 177 833, available 24 hours
Lives Lived Well
Lives Lived Well is a leading Queensland support organisation for people who experience difficulties with alcohol and drugs as well as other addictions such as gambling, and/or mental health issues. They deliver a range of free counselling, youth, Indigenous and family support programs and run three, low cost rehabilitation facilities (Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns).
For more information contact 3834 0200 or visit www.liveslivedwell.org.au
Alcohol and Drug Information Service
The Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) is a confidential telephone service that offers information, advice, counselling and referral for alcohol and other drug issues.
ADIS is part of a national system of information and counselling services, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service provides:
- tailored assistance (brief intervention) for people with a substance misuse problem or for relatives and friends of individuals experiencing problems
- counselling and referral to other clinical services for people affected by substance misuse, and information for partners, relatives and friends
- general information on drugs and alcohol to members of the community
- telephone support for public education campaigns
- distribution of resources on drugs and alcohol to health and related professionals and to the general community.
Visit the website for more details.
Counselling Online is a free, 24 hour, 7 day online service where you can communicate live and one-on-one with a professional counsellor about any alcohol or drug related concern, via the internet.
This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend. You can choose to remain anonymous or register with the service.
Counselling Online can be accessed from any computer in Australia with a dial-up or broadband connection to the internet. Counselling Online is a program operated by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, Victoria.
Cannabis Information and Helpline 1800 30 40 50
A confidential information and support telephone service for people who use cannabis, are concerned about family and friend cannabis users and friends and family who are concerned about cannabis use by those close to them.
The Cannabis Information and Helpline is available from 2pm-11pm, Sunday to Friday, to provide counselling, information, referrals and resources. Visit https://ncpic.org.au/
Family Drug Support
FDS’ mission is to ‘assist families throughout Australia to deal with alcohol and drug issues in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes.’ They provide support through online materials, newsletter, and a 24-hour support line.
Ph: 1300 368 186
Healthdirect Australia is a federally funded national health information and advice service, designed to provide a range of services that can help Australians in managing their health, including providing help in finding support services, including:
- access to a 24/7 advice and triage phone service
- information on managing conditions and diseases
- general advice on health and wellbeing
- a clinically approved online symptom checker
- a searchable database of every approved medicine available in Australia
- a health directory of nearest doctors, pharmacies, hospitals and other services
Healthdirect also have information pages regarding drug and alcohol use.
Drugrehab.com is a US-based information source aimed at providing information about various types of addiction, as well as summarising the treatments that are often used to provide the best opportunity for recovery. Service providers listed are based in the United States, however the information about the journey through substance dependence towards recovery or rehabilitation may be useful to you.