Family Drug Help
Family Drug Help (FDH) provides a specialist service to support family members and friends who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use. Family Drug Help aims to strengthen client’s physical and mental health and their ability to cope with a very difficult situation.
Family Drug Help (FDH) is a service designed specifically to address the support and information needs of parents, other family members and significant others of someone with problematic alcohol or other drug use. People with personal experience of the effects of alcohol or other drug use within their family or friendship group are involved at all levels of the service.
Family Drug Help’s mission is to provide peer support and access to reliable information about alcohol and other drugs as well as available treatment options. FDH aims to reduce the alcohol and drug related harm experienced by families and friends of a person misusing these substances and to strengthen families in their support of that person.
Specifically, Family Drug Help aims to:
- Recognise that support and information can provide ongoing help and hope to concerned families and friends.
- Empower families and friends to reduce alcohol and drug-related harm to themselves and the person using alcohol or other drugs through a process of mutual support and self-help.
- Reduce the isolation and stigma often associated with a family members misuse of alcohol or other drugs by bringing families in contact with others who share these experiences.
- Provide non-judgemental, empathic support, as well as accurate information on alcohol and other drugs and current available treatment options.
Family Drug Help delivers a variety of services, including:
- Family Drug Helpline – a state-wide 24 hour helpline available for immediate and ongoing support
- Action for Recovery Course (ARC) – a six week family education course to learn skills and strategies in coping with a loved one’s addiction
- Support Groups – available across Victoria where family and friends can gain support, educational resources and share their experiences with others
- Family Counselling – provides a supportive environment to help families develop their relationship by building upon their skills and strengths
- Siblings Support – interactive online support and information.
A guide for families with young teenagers was released in 2008, as a timely initiative to address young people's attitude to the drinking culture. It also aims to educate parents to be aware of the damaging impact of alcohol on the developing brain.
Free to families, please call 1300 660 068 during business hours for your free copy.
Available for Organisations/Agencies as a resource, booklet including postage
Community forum – Education, Information & Understanding Community ICE Forum for families, friends, professionals and the community who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use. When: Wednesday 24 June, 2015 Time: 6.30PM for a 7PM start, finishing 9PM Where: Mulgrave Community Centre, 355 Wellington Road, Mulgrave 3170 Followed by a light supper. Event Flyer Please RSVP to T: 03 9573 1700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For further information email email@example.com Family Drug Help…Read more
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31-year-old mother of three, Britt Hallett, shares the impact that ice has had on her life. Mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers, sisters, partners, sons, daughters & friends Family Drug Help is like you, call Family Drug Helpline on T: 1300 660 068 (24/7), Australia-wide.Read more
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Join Speaker Bureau
The Association of Participating Service User (APSU) at SHARC is inviting expressions of interest from people with a lived experience of alcohol and/or other drug (AOD) misuse and family members affected by a loved one’s AOD misuse to become members of our Speaker Bureau.
APSU’s Speaker Bureau members are people who are willing to speak publicly at forums, meetings, presentations, conferences and other community or corporate events. Speaker Bureau members nominate themselves for this role and they choose what topics they are prepared to speak about.
Speaker Bureau members are remunerated as participants (as well as trained and supported by APSU) and are empowered in their endeavor to help raise awareness, overcome stigma and shame, and educate people about addiction, recovery and hope.
The vast majority of evaluations over the years demonstrate that Speakers Bureau members have an immediate, positive, and often transformative effect, on their audience members.
If you would like to become a Speaker Bureau member, please fill out the form below. We will be in contact with you soon and you will be invited to attend an orientation and training session run by APSU at SHARC.
Family Drug Help
Address: 140 Grange Road, Carnegie, 3163
Phone: 1300 660 068
Action for Recovery Course (ARC)
Do you feel like you are going around in circles? Does the same thing keep happening over and over? The chances are you have a loved one with an addiction. The ARC program will suit you.
Family Drug Help’s Action for Recovery Course (ARC) is run over six weeks (two hours per week) and is for those impacted by a loved one’s drug and /or alcohol use. It’s designed to educate family and friends in how to best cope with a family member’s addiction.
Topics such as boundaries, the stages of change, guilt, worry and communication are all discussed. Strategies for reducing conflict and improving communication are taught. This course makes an enormous difference in our relationship with our loved ones with substance addiction.
“I have learned and felt so much better about myself since doing your course; it’s given me confidence to work on my relationships.”
Next available courses 2015
Bookings essential, please contact 9573 1761
All course run from 6pm – 7.45pm (unless stated otherwise)
Coburg: 14th May – 18th June *FULLY BOOKED
Carnegie: 26th May – 30th June
Werribee: 21st May – 25th June *FULLY BOOKED
Dandenong: 13th July – 17th August
1 person: $60
2 people: $100
3 people: $150
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Where can you go to be amongst people who understand, learn strategies to cope and gain support?
The strain of living with someone else’s problem behaviour is more than most people can cope with alone. In a support group members are with others who have travelled a similar journey. Attending groups regularly can reduce feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, helplessness and shame by gaining support, information and ongoing education.
“Being unfamiliar with the process of networking and sourcing contacts (having never had experience with drug and mental health issues) it is overwhelming to say the least. I have gained enormous strength, support and knowledge from the support group meetings during the last 3 years, which has assisted me greatly.”
Family Drug Help Support Groups:
Please phone the helpline for exact dates and locations
1300 660 068
- Bacchus Marsh:
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:30 – 9:30 pm
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00—9:00 pm
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 5:45—7:45 pm
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 6-7.45pm
1st Wednesday of the month, 6-7.45pm
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 5:15-7:15pm
1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 1 – 3pm
2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 7 – 9pm
- Supper Club – Carnegie: (For family members who have lost a loved one as a result of substance use)
1st Tuesday of the month
2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 7 – 9pm
1st Monday of the month (except April & November – 2nd Monday), 7— 9pm
3rd Thursday of the month 6 – 8pm
2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 7 – 9pm
2nd Thursday beginning July 9th 6 – 8pm
Families who are experiencing the affects of substance abuse can have difficulties in their relationships and feel isolated, stress and anxious. Sometimes the behaviour of the substance user becomes the focus of attention and other needs get pushed aside.
Family counselling can provide a supportive environment to help families change their relationship to the problems they are facing as well as building upon the skills and strengths the family possesses.
Family Drug Helpline
Phone 1300 660 068
24-hours, 7 days a week
Sometimes people may feel they need to talk to someone who knows what it’s like to love someone who’s misusing drugs or alcohol. Family Drug Helpline offers a confidential telephone service which provides support to family members in need. Our helpline is staffed by trained volunteers (9am to 5pm Monday – Friday), ordinary people who are just like you: mothers, fathers, grandparents, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, partners, sons, daughters and friends. After hours service is staffed by professional counsellors.
“Calling the Helpline was a huge step for me. Being heard and understood without being judged or shamed was so calming. My journey in helping myself deal with the problems in my family started that day.”
“Ringing the helpline grounds me”