Before diving into the world of support services, it’s essential to take a moment to consider a few key factors. Each person’s journey is unique, and thinking through these considerations will help you make a choice that aligns with your needs and goals.



When it comes to reaching out for help, it’s important to start by considering your individual needs. Everyone is unique, and the kind of support you require might differ from someone else’s. Here are a few questions to think about:

  1. Which substances do you need support with?
  2. What does the concept of support mean to you?
  3. What are your goals for seeking support?

While these questions might feel a bit challenging to address, they can pave the way for tackling tougher questions related to your alcohol and drug use when you engage with support services.

Acknowledging that you might be facing challenges with your drug use marks the initial step toward finding the right support and starting the journey toward healing and recovery. The specific type of substances you need assistance with can influence the kind of support services that are suitable for your situation.

Although pinpointing the exact kind of support you require can be a bit tricky, considering your preferences can be helpful. Think about the following:

  • Would medical assistance be necessary to manage withdrawal symptoms?
  • Do you plan to receive support from the comfort of your home or prefer a change of environment?
  • Would a day program meet your needs, or is a more intensive program necessary?
  • Do you lean toward one-on-one sessions or group settings, or a combination of both?
  • Would you benefit more from a healthcare professional’s perspective or insights from someone who has firsthand experience with alcohol and drug use?

As you navigate your support journey, setting goals becomes a significant aspect. Reflect on what you hope to change about your drug use and the bigger aspirations you have in mind. Goals can differ for each person and may evolve over time. They could range from achieving sobriety to improving relationships, emotional well-being, or various other personal aspirations.


Remember, there are no right or wrong goals – they’re uniquely yours. To learn more about setting goals, explore the reduce your use section.



Embarking on your support journey might feel like stepping into uncharted territory, but fret not – we’re here to map it out for you. The more you delve into the different service options, the better equipped you’ll be to make the right choice.

Let’s break it down together

Counselling is like a conversation with a friend who’s got your back. It’s a common go-to for folks seeking help with their alcohol and drug experiences. There’s a variety of counselling styles, but the core aim is creating a space to discuss and manage your journey. It could involve planning for triggers, crafting self-care strategies, and participating in activities to boost your recovery. You can do this in person, over the phone, or even online. Solo sessions, with fam, or in a group – the choice is yours.

For more on counselling, hit up the Australian Drug Foundation or Thorne Harbour Health.

Peer support is like getting advice from someone who’s been there, done that. These programs are run by people who’ve dealt with alcohol and drug experiences and can totally relate. Whether you’re in the game or supporting a loved one, there are groups like SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous. Friends and family can get in on it too, offering solid info to help you navigate.

Sometimes, you need a retreat to refuel. A residential detox is like a getaway with expert support. It’s a safe, supervised environment to withdraw from substances. You’ve got round-the-clock staff, counselling, and fellow travellers who understand. It’s ideal if detoxing at home isn’t your jam, or if you’ve tried other options and need a fresh approach. DirectLine is your hotline for more info.

Rehab is like a deep dive into recovery paradise. It’s a long-term approach to help you achieve drug-free goals in a nurturing setting. With structured care plans and accommodation, it’s a bit like a wellness getaway. Just remember, detox’s a must before you dive in. There’s a range of options, public or private, with varying services and costs. For more on rehab, hit up the Australian Drug Foundation.

Dual diagnosis is like addressing both your mood and substance use. It’s for folks dealing with both challenges – like a two-for-one deal. Everyone’s unique, so dual diagnosis services tailor support to your specific needs. Curious? Chat with DirectLine to learn more.

Think of pharmacotherapy as your prescription for a smoother journey. It involves replacing substances with prescribed meds, helping manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. It’s like an extra boost in your toolbox. Check with your doc to see what’s right for you. Harm Reduction Victoria‘s got the lowdown.

Finding a Service

Ready to connect with support providers? Here’s how:

  • Call up DirectLine – the 24/7 alcohol and drug support squad that can hook you up with local services.
  • Hit up the Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s website to find services near you.
  • Thorne Harbour Health also offers a range of support options – so def check them out.
  • Check out more choices in the Support Section.

Remember, this journey is about finding what suits you best. You’re not alone – your support team’s got your back every step of the way. 🌟

The information given on this page is not medical advice and should not be relied upon in that way.