Alcohol and Other Drug Services

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Alcohol and Other Drug services A-Z

If you think a family member or friend may have an alcohol or drug problem, call the Community Health Intake 24 hour helpline on (02) 6207 9977 staffed by professional workers from our Alcohol and Drug Program.

The purpose of Arcadia House is to provide residents with the physical and personal resources to successfully withdraw from alcohol and other drugs. Arcadia House offers a selective detoxification program, using complementary therapies and interventions to relieve drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms and consider ongoing treatment arrangements. For 24 hour Phone Support
contact (02) 6253 3055.

The Counselling & Treatment Service begins with an assessment conducted by an Alcohol and Drug Program clinician, after which a plan is drawn up jointly with the client. Call the Community Health Intake 24 hour Helpline on (02) 6207 9977.

Directions ACT responds to the needs of people who use alcohol and/or other drugs, and their families whose lives are affected by alcohol and/or other drugs within the ACT community.

The diversion service provides programs that aim to divert people apprehended for drug use or drug related offences from the judicial system into the health system. Call the Community Health Intake 24 hour Helpline on (02) 6207 9977

headspace ACT provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12 to 25 years who are experiencing emotional or mental health issues and/or a substance use issue.

Karralika Programs offers a residential program for people with alcohol and other dependencies, using the therapeutic community (TC) approach to treatment. Treatment is provided within a safe supportive environment, free of alcohol and non-prescribed drugs. For further information on Karralika Programs, phone (02) 6163 0200 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Methadone services aim to minimise the harms related to opioid use. Methadone comes in the form of a syrup and is used to treat heroin dependent people. In Australia, methadone is only legal within a treatment program. Call the Community Health Intake 24 hour Helpline on (02) 6207 9977

The Needle and Syringe Program aims to reduce the risk of transmission of the HIV virus and other blood borne diseases for injecting drug users by providing sterile injecting equipment and education. Call the Community Health Intake 24 hour Helpline on (02) 6207 9977. If you find a needle or syringe (also called a Sharp) in a public place or on your private property, call the SHARPS Hotline on 13 2281.

People are often prepared for the deaths of elderly parents, friends or relatives who have a serious illness, but we are rarely prepared for the impact of sudden death. We are usually even less prepared for the suicide of someone we know.

Withdrawal from alcohol and some other drugs often requires medication to avoid potential harm associated with ceasing alcohol or other drug use. Call the Community Health Intake 24 hour Helpline on (02) 6207 9977.

This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.