Drug and alcohol

In South Eastern NSW, approximately 20% of adult residents are engaging in high risk alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption levels in our region are significantly higher than NSW state and Australian national estimates.

COORDINARE has a key role to play in planning and commissioning drug and alcohol treatment services for people in South Eastern NSW. Our aim is to reduce the harm associated with drugs and alcohol, with a focus on methamphetamine use in the community.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is a key priority area at COORDINARE. You can read our Health priority: Reducing the harm associated with drugs and alcohol statement for more information. 

Reducing the impact of methamphetamine is a priority for the Australian Government. Information about the Department of Health's National Ice Action Strategy (NIAS) can be found here.

Commissioned services

COORDINARE is committed to enhancing drug and alcohol treatment and rehabilitation across Southern NSW. To do this, we commission services that address areas of need, with a particular focus on families and carers, LGBTIQ communities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Pathways programs for early intervention 

To help support communities at risk of substance misuse, COORDINARE commissioned Directions Health Services to operate Pathways programs in the Eurobodalla, Monaro and Goulburn. These programs provide early intervention for individuals at risk through to more intensive case management for people with a higher level of substance use and more complex needs. You can read the full media announcement for the most recent service in the Eurobodalla here.

LGBTIQ-inclusive programs 

ACON has been commissioned by COORDINARE to help drug and alcohol service providers and primary healthcare services respond effectively and appropriately to the problematic use of drugs and alcohol among LGBTIQ people. As part of this initiative, ACON has been providing free 'Rainbow Buzz' LGBTIQ-inclusive training for community sector and drug and alcohol workers in South Eastern NSW. You can read the full media statement about the ACON training here.

National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline - 1800 250 015

The National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline is a 24-hour service available for people seeking help for alcohol and/or other drug-related education, information, harm, misuse, support, crisis counselling and referral services in NSW. 

Counselling Online - 1800 422 599 (regional NSW number)

Counselling Online offers free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling with a professional, both online and over the phone. Hotline numbers vary according to the state/region. 

Family Drug Support - 1300 368 186

Family Drug Support (FDS) is a national service for families dealing with drug and alcohol. FDS provides a toll free, 24/7 telephone support line, as well as support groups, education programs, counselling and bereavement services for families.

ACON substance support counselling - 1800 063 060 (regional NSW number)

ACON offers free short-term counselling over Skype (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTIQ people and people with HIV across regional NSW in relation to substance use. 

Directions Health Services - Pathways Eurobodalla

Pathways Eurobodalla is a drug and alcohol treatment and support service located in Moruya, servicing the wider Eurobodalla region. Phone (02) 4474 2594 or email pathways.eurobodalla@directionshealth.com for more information. 

Directions Health Services - Pathways Monaro 

Pathways Monaro is a drug and alcohol treatment and support service located in Cooma, servicing the wider Monaro region. Phone (02) 6453 4433 or email pathways.monaro@directionshealth.com for more information.

Directions Health Services - Pathways Goulburn

Pathways Goulburn is a treatment and support service for people in Goulburn impacted by methamphetamine (ice) and other drug use. Phone (02) 4855 055 or email pathways.goulburn@directionshealth.com for more information.

Lifeline has some useful information and resources about the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction; underlying reasons why people misuse substances; health implications and where to seek help. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has some useful factsheets about methamphetamine use.

Your Room has a comprehensive A-Z list of the most commonly used drugs affecting Australians, as well as information for Aboriginal people.

The National Drug Strategy 2017-2026 is a national framework for building safe, healthy and resilient Australian communities by preventing and minimising alcohol, tobacco and other drug-related harm.

ACON's Health Outcome Strategy 2013-2018 - Alcohol and Other Drugs details the specific circumstances under which LGBTIQ people need to access drug and alcohol rehabilitation and support.