Working with people with drug and alcohol dependencies and supporting their families and carers is pivotal to achieving strong outcomes for these consumers. Research shows supporting carers benefits consumers, including enhancing the effectiveness of service delivery, decreasing hospital admissions and reducing relapse rates.

Family Drug Support

Family Drug Support (FDS) provides telephone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to users, families and carers in crisis due to alcohol and other drug use issues in NSW. FDS is staffed by volunteers who have first hand experience of drug dependent family members.

In addition to regular support meetings, FDS provides ‘Bridging the Divide’ and the ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ courses for families, resources such as ‘A Guide to Coping’, ‘Drugs and Prison’, the ’FDS Insight’ magazine, and bereavement support.

Alcohol Drug Information Service NSW

For free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 250 015. Counsellors are available to provide information, referrals, crisis counselling and support. Or start a Web Chat with an ADIS counsellor online Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm. Or you can visit the Your Room website which provides drug and alcohol information and advice, campaigns and resources.

Current as at: Monday 6 June 2022