Sometimes people don’t get help because they feel shame talking about how drugs affect them and their families.
Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Workers and other health professionals are there to help you. They will not put you down. They will listen and help you work out what you want to do. They can show you ways to reduce harm, cut down or stop using. They can help you access medical support, rehabilitation services, counselling and support.
It may not be easy reducing your drug use but your friends, family, and other people in your community can support you to make changes.
As a parent, grandparent or family member you might feel very frustrated, upset or hurt by a loved one’s loved ones drug use. You might not totally understand why they have a drug dependency and you might suggest they just quit. However, this is not always an easy option. Withdrawal symptoms can be really unpleasant so most people avoid them at all costs. It’s also important to keep in mind that there is no evidence that a young person experimenting with or using drugs occasionally will become dependent on that drug.
It’s important to know that your feelings are normal and valid. Common feelings you may have include: anger, grief, shame, confusion, sadness and feeling over-whelmed and alone.
If you feel you need some help, then have a yarn with someone from the following services
- Alcohol and Drug Support Line (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (country callers)
- Parent and Family Drug Support Line (08) 9442 5050 or 1800 653203 (country callers) and please ask for a free copy of the Information and Support Pack for Aboriginal Parents and Families
- Meth Helpline 1800 874 878
- Alcohol and Drug Support Service online Live Chat service which is available from 7am – 10pm, daily
- Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service (08) 9221 1411
- Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (08) 9421 3888
- Call your local Aboriginal Health Service.
The medics are here to help you, not call the Police*
It's safer not to use drugs, but if someone does and starts to have problems - get help fast! Call an ambulance on 000 or if you're at a festival go to the First Aid Tent.
*The Police will not attend unless there is a death or someone is threatened.