Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

People use substances (alcohol and other drugs) for a range of reasons. These reasons include to relax, for enjoyment, to feel like they are part of a group, out of curiosity, and to avoid physical and/or psychological pain. People may also use substances to relieve stress, to overcome boredom and to cope with problems. There can be many factors that influence a person’s use of alcohol or other drugs, but if you feel like your drinking or drug use is causing problems in your life, it can help to reach out for some support and information. There are lots of resources available to help anyone who is trying to change their drug or alcohol use, and there is help available. If you have decided you want to change your substance-use behaviour, but are unsure of how to proceed, counselling can help with clarifying the changes you’d like to make, your reasons for wanting to make those changes, and with building and maintaining your motivation to change. Counselling can also help with preventing relapses, and with addressing any underlying issues that might play a part in your substance use.


Here are some resources that might be helpful:

Emergency Contact Numbers

If you are in a crisis...

If you are in a crisis, if another person may be in danger, or if you are experiencing suicidal or homicidal thoughts, don’t use this site. Call 000 or the following resources can provide you with immediate help.

Beyond Blue

Talk to a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night. Calls are confidential.


24-hour crisis support telephone service. Lifeline provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Mental Health Access Line

NSW Health's 24/7 statewide phone service which links people with NSW Health mental health services. It is a free service.

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