Drug use: help and treatment
Drug use can cause illness, injury and early death. It affects individuals, families and the community.
Each year, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use in Queensland accounts for an estimated 4,300 deaths and over 65,000 hospital admissions.
The majority of these hospital admissions are for tobacco and alcohol related conditions and injuries.
There are many types of drugs, and the misuse of legal or illegal drugs can take a toll on a person’s ability to function mentally and physically, and impact their ability to maintain relationships and work roles.
Help and support
If you are concerned about your own or someone else's drug use and would like more information or help, the following services are available.
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) – Phone 1800 177 833
ADIS provides a free, 24 hour/7 day, counselling, information and referral service for anyone with concerns about their own or someone else’s use of alcohol or other drugs. This is an anonymous and confidential service.
What does this service provide?
- information about alcohol and other drugs including written resources
- options and referral to appropriate treatment services or further assistance
- opportunity to discuss your own situation and concerns with someone who understands and can help
- consultancy service for health and related professionals.
Who can use this service?
- people concerned about their own alcohol or drug use
- relatives and friends concerned about someone else’s alcohol and other drug use
- health and other professionals working with people affected by alcohol or other drug use
- general public.
Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Services (ATOD)
In Queensland, treatment services are provided in local communities by Queensland Hospital and Health Services, non-government and private organisations.
Services can provide comprehensive assessments for substance use, brief intervention, treatment planning, case management, counselling, residential treatment and referral if required.
To locate your nearest ATOD Service:
- call ADIS 1800 177 833
- search the health service directory for drug/alcohol.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services
To locate a service in your local area visit the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council site.
Queensland Indigenous Substance Misuse Council Services (residential rehabilitation) include:
- Gindaja Treatment and Healing Indigenous Corporation (Yarrabah)
- Ferdy's Haven (Palm Island) - Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service
- Gumbi Gumbi Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation (Rockhampton)
- Gidgee Healing - Normanton Recover and Community Wellbeing Service (Normanton)
- Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Alcohol Services (Brisbane)
Quitline 13 QUIT (13 7848)
Quitline helps smokers interested in changing their smoking behaviour.
Australian Drug Foundation
The Australian Drug Foundation’s Drug Info website provides more information about treatment options and what kind of help is available.
Family Drug Support
Family Drug Support provides help for families to deal with alcohol and drug issues. Call 1300 368 186 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Counselling Online is a free, 24-hour, 7 day online service where you can communicate live and one-on-one with a professional counsellor about any alcohol or drug related concern.
This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend. You can choose to remain anonymous or register with the service.
Counselling Online is a program operated by Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, Victoria.
Cannabis Information and Helpline
Cannabis Information and Helpline is a confidential support line for cannabis users and friends and family who are concerned about cannabis use by those close to them. Call 1800 304 050 (11am–7pm, Monday–Friday, including public holidays).
Lifeline provides a support and suicide prevention service. Call 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
For young people
Kids Help Line 1800 551 800
Kids Help Line is a free, confidential phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5–25. Call 1800 551 800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
Headspace 1800 650 890
Headspace is a service for people aged 12-25 going through a tough time. They can provide help with all sorts of issues like relationship break ups, drug taking, exam stress, bullying, depression and more. Services are either free, or low cost (will need to provide a Medicare card).
Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) - Workplace Services Team 03) 9611 6100
The ADF Worksplace Services team have a number of programs, tools and resources to assist workplaces prevent and respond to alcohol and other drug risks, including providing direct advice and assistance.
National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)
NCETA provides a range of practical resources to assist workplaces to develop responses to alcohol and other drug related risks.