Support and information are available for you, and also for your family and friends if they feel it would help them.
A range of treatment options is available to both private and public patients. Find out more about what kind of help is available.
Services are also available to support those who have been affected by the alcohol or other drug use of a family member. As well as providing understanding, these services can also provide accurate information about how best to help during treatment.
State and territory alcohol and drug information services can help you with counselling, information and referral to services.
There may be minimal costs for some services in the public sector, but a number of different treatment options (such as counselling and withdrawal) are generally free.
Private health insurance is recommended if you wish to access the private treatment sector.
After you have made contact with a treatment service, an assessment will be arranged. This may be done over the phone, or face-to-face at first, and then your options for treatment can be discussed.
There may be a waiting list for some services, but if the appropriate treatment is not available at a particular agency, an appropriate referral will be made to access those services elsewhere. If you have any special needs you may be referred to a specialist service, such as those dealing particularly with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, women, men, gay and lesbian people, parents with young children, young people, or people with particular mental health issues.
Last updated: 30 January 2013
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