Supporting someone affected by alcohol or drug dependence

Family and friends are the most important source of support for those struggling with drug and/or alcohol dependence. Supporting a drug and/or alcohol dependent person is often a long, overwhelming and exhausting journey. Like any complex journey, getting lost, not knowing where you are or even where you are heading is normal.

South Western Sydney Local Health District - Drug Health Services

Provides drug and alcohol treatment, information or referral for people living, working, visiting or studying in South Western Sydney with concerns relating to their own or another person's use of alcohol, illicit drugs (such as cannabis, heroin, stimulants, ice, cocaine,opium) or prescription medication and tobacco. Services provided include:

  • Counselling
  • Inpatient withdrawal management
  • Residential rehabilitation
  • Oupatient withdrawal management
  • Court diversion program (MERIT)
  • Adult Drug Court Opioid Treatment Program
  • Harm minimisation programs
  • Specialist medical consultations
  • Hospital consultation and liaison

SWSLHD Drug Health Central Intake Line

Provides information on the best options for treatment to anyone in the community. Open 8:30 - 5pm, Monday to Friday Phone 9616 8586  

Recognising & Responding to overdose

Medical help should be sought if someone who has taken a substance is experiencing:

  • Seizures
  • Chest pain
  • High temperature
  • Extreme anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoid delusions
  • Is not responding when you talk to them or have trouble breathing

These are medical emergencies that require prompt attention. Phone Ambulance on 000

Supports for Carers, families and friends affected by someone else's alcohol or drug use

Family Drug Support 

 24/7 Telephone Support 1300 368 186

FDS is a non-religious organisation which provides non-judgemental, non directive support and information to families & friends of drug users throughout Australia. Family support meetings are held throughout NSW. Contact FDS for more information.

ADIS (Alcohol & Drug Information Service)  Provides 24/7 Telephone advice, information & referral line (02) 9361 8000

Your Room is an online directory where the community can access facts and information about some of the commonly used drugs.

Quitline  Is a free government telephone support service for people who would like to stop smoking. Telephone support for Aboriginal persons and Multilingual Quitline services are also provided.

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