More information and sources of help

It takes a lot for someone to admit they may have a problem with drugs, but it’s the first step to overcoming it. Talking to a friend, family member, or GP can provide a helping hand and emotional support. It can be difficult to seek help, but in most cases the sooner you reach out for support, the better. Listed below are a number of services available for adults and young people with drug related issues or for those wanting general information. If you or your child need help or information, please contact one of the services listed below.


If you need emergency support, please call Lifeline (131 114) which is a 24 hour crisis helpline, or dial ‘000' for the police or an ambulance.


Kids Help Line

Kids Help Line telephone, web and email counselling is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to children and young people of Australia aged between 5–25 years of age.
Phone: 1800 55 1800

Counselling Online

Counselling online allows you to communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern using text interaction. This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative, or friend. Counselling Online is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week across Australia.

Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS)

ADIS is a telephone service providing education, information, referral, crisis counselling and support about alcohol and other drugs.

Phone: 02 9361 8000 (Sydney Metropolitan)

Family Drug Support 

Family Drug Support provides information and support for families of drug and alcohol users, including a 24hour support line.
Phone: 1300 368 186

Positive Choices

Positive Choices is an online portal to help school communities access accurate, up-to-date drug education resources and prevention programs.

National Drugs Campaign

Australian Government website provides information about illicit drugs and campaign resources.

Phone: 1800 250 015

Reach Out

This website has information about drugs, where to seek help, how to help a friend, and many other youth related issues.


Headspace provides information and counselling services with anything to do with alcohol, drugs, education, employment and general or mental health. It’s for 12–25 year olds and has centres all around Australia.


Sane has a helpline and website that provides information and support for mental health issues.
Phone: 1800 18 7263


QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI). QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.

Phone: 1800 184 527

Cracks in the Ice

'Cracks in the Ice" is an online toolkit providing trusted, evidence-based, and up-to-date information about crystal methamphetamine (ice) for the Australian community.

Australian Drug Information Network

This website provides a directory of places in all states and territories in Australia, where it is possible to seek information and services to assist with alcohol and other drug related issues.

Drug Info

Drug Info provides information about alcohol and other drugs. They also provide a SMS service where you can text the name of a drug to the number below and receive a reply listing a number of the drug’s effects and links to find further information.

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