Drug and alcohol services

Overview

The Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Projects aim to improve and enhance the drug and alcohol assessment and management skills of family physicians, local doctors and allied health professionals. The aim is to improve timely access to evidence based quality treatments for their patients presenting with mental health and drug and alcohol problems. We do this through a range of activities including:

  • Providing advice to doctors about how they can access various Australian Government funded treatment and support services for their patients
  • Administering the Psychological Support Services (PSS) program
  • Coordinating professional development programs
  • Creating and disseminating resources to assist with the knowledge of, and referral to, appropriate alcohol and other drugs programs and services
Community Detoxification Programs

Below is a selection of local detoxification services. For more detailed information about resources and support options throughout NSW, please contact the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 422 599 or visit http://yourroom.com.au/. ADIS is a useful first point of contact for information or assistance regarding Alcohol and other Drug services including detoxes and rehabilitation units, needle syringe exchange programs and methadone programs.

  • Gorman House (Darlinghurst) 9361 8080 Gorman House is a 20-bed non-medical residential detoxification unit, which serves a severely disadvantaged population dependent on alcohol, heroin (and other short acting opioids), amphetamine/methamphetamine and cocaine. The majority of admissions are of individuals who are also often homeless and physically and mentally ill for which they currently receive little or no treatment.
  • Jarrah House (Little Bay) 9661 6555 Jarrah House offers a medically supervised detoxificiation for women, followed by a 21 day program teaching women relapse prevention skills. 
  • Ward 64 (Concord) 9767 8600 Provides a 5-7 day Medicated detox program with a harm minimisation philosophy. Will take dual diagnosis patients if mental illness is stable.
  • William Booth Institute (Surry Hills) 9212 2322 WBH provides a 31-bed detoxification unit for men and women. Detox is followed by a long term rehabilitation program based on the 12 steps program.
Community Rehabilitation and Support Programs

We Help Ourselves (WHOS) Rozelle 8572 7444

WHOS provides a number of different rehabilitation programs based in Rozelle including:

  • WHOS – Gunyah 8572 7455 Men’s program
  • WHOS – New Beginnings 8572 7433 Women’s program
  • WHOS – MTAR 8572 7477 Men and Women’s Methadone (and other prescribed opioids) reduction program
  • WHOS – RTOD 8572 7488 Men and Women’s Opioid stabilisation program

All WHOS' programs are up to six months in duration; however completion of treatment may occur at a number of points.

Click here for WHOS' programs admission information

  • Haymarket Centre 9698 0555 The Haymarket Centre provides accommodation for homeless men and women who have complex issues, including intoxication, addictions, mental illness and/or challenging behaviours. Clients are assessed on admission, Intensive case management is provided, and referrals are made to appropriate services.
  • Haymarket Clinic 93311969 The Haymarket Clinic is a primary health care service that provides free medical services to homeless and disadvantaged people in Sydney’s Inner City. In addition, the clinic provides services such as a secondary needle and syringe program, showers and referral to welfare and drug & alcohol services.
  • Haymarket Alcohol and Other Drugs Counselling Service 93311969 A clinical psychologist provides one to one counselling for psychological issues and runs relapse prevention groups.
  • Foundation House (Rozelle) 9810 3117 The Foundation House program provides a 28-day program for both males and female and includes assessment, group therapy, one-on-one counselling, introduction to 12-step fellowships, family support, relapse prevention and after-care support. Preference for construction industry personnel, but this is not required.
  • Ward 65 (Concord) 9767 8640 Provides 4 week residential rehabilitation programs which uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • Detour House Inc (Glebe) 9660 4137 Provides a three month rehabilitation program to women who have experienced drug and/or alcohol dependency. The program is 12 Step based. Women are not able to bring children.
  • Guthrie House (Enmore) 9564 5977 Guthrie House provides a community based residential rehabilitation (3-6 months) and transition/ after care service (typically 12 months) for women who are involved in the NSW criminal justice system. Participants must be currently facing criminal charges or recently released from prison or on parole, bail or court imposed bonds. Guthrie House accepts women on methadone and buprenorphine and other pharmacotherapies. Women can bring pre-school aged children.
  • Kathleen York House (Glebe) 9660 5818 Kathleen York House provides a structured, abstinence-based six month treatment program for women and their children aged under 12. An Aftercare program is also available.
  • Glebe House (Glebe) 9566 4630 Glebe House runs a program for 3 months duration in a residential therapeutic community designed to help men make the transition from addiction into life and the community as a whole.
  • Odyssey House 9281 5144 Odyssey House provides residential and non-residential rehabilitation programs for men and women with alcohol and other drug misuse. Odyssey House is experienced in addressing in alcohol addiction, drug and prescription medication dependence and co-existing mental health conditions. When appropriate, the dependent children of residents participating in the program may also receive accommodation and support to help minimise the adverse effects of their parent’s problems. An aftercare program is also available. Admissions Centre located in Surry Hills, main facility located in Eagle Vale.
  • Rendu Youth Services (Petersham) 9550 9610 St Vincent de Paul Society’s Rendu works with males who are aged 18 to 25 and who have been doing a rehab program for at least 28 days. Rendu allows residents to live in a drug, alcohol and gambling free environment while they work on building the future that they want for themselves.
  • Ted Noffs (Randwick) 9305 6600 Tef Noffs provides people aged 14 to 18 years with a residential program of up to 3 months, structured Day Program and individual case management with a young mothers program and monthly parent support programs.

Opioid Treatment Program

The NSW Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) seeks to reduce harms associated with opioid use. The OTP delivers pharmacotherapy and associated services to opioid dependent patients in NSW through the public and private sector. The 3 types of opioid treatment pharmacotherapy available in NSW are methadone, buprenorphine and buprenorphine-naloxone.

Opioid Treatment Line (OTL) (formerly MACS) 1800 642 428 The Opioid Treatment Line (OTL) is a telephone helpline that provides opioid pharmacotherapy (i.e. methadone and buprenorphine) information, referrals, advice and a forum for pharmacotherapy concerns. OTL can provide information about both public and private services that are in NSW and ACT, however it cannot provide information on vacancies within a service.  Information regarding dispensing pharmacies may only be given to health professionals.

OTL assists individuals and health professionals who want to know: 

  • How to get onto a program
  • What should be expected from clinics, doctors and pharmacies providing the service
  • The OTL guidelines from NSW Health and whether they have been followed
  • What can be done in the case of difficulties between client and service

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.00pm (not available public holidays)

Local Public OTP Services

Nearby Public OTP Services

Local Private OTP Services

Self Help Groups and Meetings
  • SMART Recovery Australia 1800 422 599 - Smart Recovery is a voluntary self-help group that assists people in recovering from alcohol, drug use and other addictive behaviours. SMART Recovery teaches practical skills to help you deal with problems enabling you to abstain and achieve a healthy lifestyle balance. You can search for a local meeting here.
  • Narcotics Anonymous - NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Membership is made up of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other to stay clean. Membership is free and the only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. You can search for a local meeting here.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Australia 1300 22 22 22 Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership. You can search for a local meeting here.
  • Crystal Meth Anonymous 0414 660 851 - Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women for whom all drugs, specifically crystal meth, have become a problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Crystal Meth Anonymous advocates a twelve step recovery program for spiritual development, no matter what our religious belief or background. The first step in our recovery is admission by the addict that he or she is powerless over crystal meth, and that life has become unmanageable. You can search for a local meeting here.

 

Medical, Welfare and Counselling Groups

Young People and Family

  • Headspace (Camperdown) 9114 4100 Provides advice, support and information to young people aged 12-25 to help with: general health, alcohol and other drug services, mental health and counselling, and education, employment and other services. Headspace also has information and services for parents, carers and professionals who work with young people. 
  • Fact Tree Youth Service (Waterloo) 9319 2708 Fact Tree works with young people between the ages of 11 and 25 and offer a range of services including counselling, accommodation assistance, court support, employment and vocational training and a Drop-In Centre, as well as offering additional activities including living skills, cooking, sports and art classes. Drug and alcohol referral support can be provided. 
  • Rosemount Good Shepherd Youth and Family Services 8571 7800 This service is located in Marrickville and provides a range of holistic programs to meet the educational, psychological and financial needs of disadvantaged and marginalised young people (predominantly 9-25) and their families. Groups and counselling services are also available for clients. 
  • Youthblock (Camperdown) 9516 2233 Provides free and confidential support, counselling, GP and health services for homeless, at risk or disadvantaged young people aged 12 - 24 who live or spend time in the Inner West of Sydney. Youthblock also conducts weekly outreach clinics. Youthblock provides support for the following issues: drugs / alcohol, depression / mind health / self-harm, relationships, sexual health / pregnancy / sexuality.
  • WEAVE (Waterloo) 9318 0539 Weave supports disadvantaged and vulnerable young people, women and children and families in the City of Sydney and South Sydney areas. Weave provides programs that educate and empower people experiencing issues relating to substance use, mental health, homelessness, trauma and poverty to make positive change in their lives. Services provided include counselling, mental health services, education programs and case management support. Help with information about services for Aboriginal people and support to access them is also provided.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (GLBTQI)

  • Gender Centre (Petersham)  9569 2366 The Gender Centre provides services and activities, such as psychological counselling, which enhance the abilities of people with gender issues to make informed choices. Residential services and case management are also available to eligible individuals. The Gender Centre also runs a NSP and provides a range of needles and syringes, and information about safe injecting procedures, to those charged with the responsibility of injecting their own hormone treatment.
  • ACON 1800 063 060

    Substance Support Service 9206 2097 ACON provides a range of free in-house GLBT-focused counselling and support services for people with problematic drug use. More information is available on their website.

    Needle and Syringe Program 9206 2052 ACON provides free clean injecting equipment to people who inject drugs. ACON also provide information on reducing harms related to drug use as well as referrals to treatment facilities. More information is available on their website.

  • Twenty10 8594 9555 Twenty10 provides support to homeless and disadvantaged GLBTQI young people under 25. Twenty10 provides a number of services including confidential counselling to young people about issues related to mental health, addiction, past abuse, sexuality and homophobia. Twento10 also runs a weekly outreach healthcare clinic in partnership with Kirketon Road Centre (KRC).

Women

  • Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre 9560 3011 55 Thornley Street, Leichhardt NSW 2040 - LWCHC provides low-cost medical and complementary health care to women on low incomes. Additional services include counselling for women who want help with their personal use of alcohol or drugs or who want help with dealing with the substance use of someone close to them.
  • Sydney Women’s Counselling Centre 9718 1955 2 Carrington Square Campsie NSW 2194 - Provides counselling and support, information, referrals and group work for women. There is also an on-site drug and alcohol counsellor.

Adults and 'at risk' Communities

  • Haymarket Foundation Limited 9331 1969 165b Palmer Street East Sydney NSW 2010 - The Haymarket Foundation supports homeless and disadvantaged people in inner Sydney to maximise their potential and identify pathways to safer, healthier and more fulfilling lives. We provide support to people who live with mental illness and alcohol and other drug issues, and provide referral to treatment, as well as a safe place to live. 
  • Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) 9360 1191 - MSIC provide a harm reduction service by supervising episodes of drug injecting under registered nurses and counsellors/health education officers. Immediate access to emergency medical care in the event of an overdose or adverse event is also available. The professional staff are able to engage with users and facilitate effective referral to a variety of services, including specialist addiction treatment. Indigenous people are welcome to use these services.
  • Kirketon Rd Centre (KRC) 9360 2766 Entrance on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst 2010 (above the Darlinghurst Fire Station) - KRC targets “at risk” young people, sex workers and people who inject drugs. KRC operates a comprehensive medical, counselling and social welfare service. Some of the services provided include drug and alcohol counselling, referral to drug detoxification, treatment and rehabilitation programs, sexual health screening, family planning advice, hepatitis A, B and C screening, treatment for HIV & Hepatitis, needle/syringe program,  and outreach services. 

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations

  • CO AS IT 9564 0744 Casa d’Italia, 67 Norton St Leichhardt NSW 2040 - Co As It provides counselling, assessment, referral, mental health, youth and aged care programs, consultancy, welfare, community education and seminars for people of Italian speaking background. Co As It also employs a drug and alcohol counsellor that speaks Italian.
  • The Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) 1800 648 911 - TMHC Service provides clinical consultation and assessment services for individuals and families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities with mental health issues, co-existing conditions such as a mental health condition and substance abuse issue or problem gambling. TMHC has a pool of over 100 bilingual workers including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and occupational therapists, who speak over 50 languages. Contact hours are 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. 

Gambling Counselling

Gambling Intervention Family Team (GIFT) - CatholicCare 9509 1148

  • The Gambling Intervention Family Team (GIFT) program offers free face-to-face, telephone and online counselling (via email) and support to people affected directly by problem gambling and their partners, family and friends. GIFT is a Gambling Help Counselling Service located in Lewisham in the Inner West of Sydney. GIFT offers an integrated gambling counselling and support program which includes:
  • Please feel free to visit their website or download the GIFT program brochure.
Sydney Local Health District Drug Health Services

SLHD Central Intake Line- Triage, Intake, Information and Referrals 9515 6311

  • Provides triage, intake, information and referral for all SLHD drug health treatment services including inpatient and outpatient detoxification, rehabilitation, opioid treatment, harm minimisation, needle and syringe program, court diversion and counselling. Services are available to people who reside, work or study within the local governments areas of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, part of City of Sydney, Leichhardt, Marrickville and Strathfield.
  • The SLHD Central Intake Line operates Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • Please view this document for a list of SLHD drug health services available by location and facility.
  • Counselling - Counsellors can help patients understand and manage some of the complex issues that relate to substance use. Counselling can be undertaken before, after or at the same time as other drug health treatments. This service will also provide one-off assessment appointments to people who are not sure what treatment/options may be available to them.
  • Inpatient Withdrawal Management (Detoxification) - Medically supported treatment for people withdrawing from moderate to severe alcohol and/or drug dependence. On discharge staff can assist patients with follow-up support.
  • Outpatient Withdrawal Management (Detoxification) - Available for people expected to experience uncomplicated, mild to moderate withdrawal. The assessment includes consideration of a person’s social support networks and ongoing strategies such as counselling and group therapy.
  • Court Diversion Program- MERIT (Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment program)- MERIT is a local court based voluntary diversion program which targets adult defendants with illicit drug use problems who are eligible for release on bail and motivated to undertake drug treatment.
  • Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) - This program provides methadone, buprenorphine or suboxone stabilisation treatment for people who are dependent on prescribed or illicit opioids. Patients, once stable, are supported to transfer into community dosing facilities that meet their lifestyle needs.
  • Harm Minimisation Program - Protects the community from the spread of blood borne virus such as HIV and Hepatitis C through the distribution of sterile injecting equipment and provision of information and referral services. Health promotion, overdose prevention and safe disposal programs are also provided through this program to service users and to health and welfare agencies.
Family, Friends and Carers
  • Holyoake 9509 1111, 2C West Street (Cnr Thomas Street) Lewisham 2049 - Holyoake offers professional help including group education, therapy and support programs for families impacted by alcoholism, drug use, problem gambling and other types of addictions. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, dependent on income and other. Holyoake also offers assessment, referral and additional individual counselling services. Staff regularly conduct community and interagency education sessions with schools, local government, health and community services. To find out more about Holyoake programs download the Holyoake Programs Factsheet.
  • Gambling Intervention Family Team (GIFT)- CatholicCare 9509 1148 GIFT provides free face to face, telephone and online (via email responses) gambling help, counselling and support for individuals, partners and families in Lewisham in Sydney’s Inner West affected by their own or someone else’s problem gambling. GIFT are also able to refer people to Holyoake’s support groups (listed above). Please feel free to visit their website or download the GIFT program brochure.
  • Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 The service aims to assist families of people experiencing drug addiction issues to cope in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes. FDS provide counselling, support groups, information and referral, resource kit for families. To find a local family support group, click here.
  • Nar Anon 8004 1214 Nar-Anon Groups are self-help support groups for families and friends of compulsive drug users.  Members meet anonymously to gain an understanding of the user’s behaviour and how to cope with it. Sharing in the experiences of others can provide guidance in coping with day to day crises. Nar-Anon is a 12-Step fellowship. You can search for a local meeting here
  • Al Anon & Alateen 1300 252 666 Al-Anon groups are self-help groups which assist families and friends to recover from the effects of living with someone whose drinking is a problem. Similarly, Alateen is the recovery program teenagers affected by the problem drinking of a parent or other family member. Their program of recovery is adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and is based on the Twelve Steps. You can search for a local meeting here.
Private Hospitals
  • St John of God (Burwood) 9715 9200 St John of God Burwood has 86 beds and provides both inpatient and outpatient programs that address:
  • Wesley Private Hospital (Ashfield and Kogarah) 1300 924 552 Wesley Hospital Ashfield and Kogarah are private psychiatric hospitals which offer both in-patient and day patient services.
Online self help resources
  • Counselling Online (Turning Point) - Provides live counselling, information and referral for people with alcohol and drug problems.
  • Gambling Help Online (Turning Point) - Provides live counselling & email support for anyone with a gambling concern and also has a range of assessment and self help tools.
  • Just Ask Us (Turning Point) - This site was developed to assist tertiary students find information and seek help for a mental health or alcohol and other drug problem.
  • Parenting Strategies (Turning Point) - This website provides practical strategies to help parents delay or reduce their adolescent child’s alcohol use.
  • Alcohol Help (OnTrack) - This program is for people with risky levels of drinking.  The program focuses on practical things people can do to make things better. It helps people to set goals, monitor progress and to think differently about their problems.
  • Alcohol and Depression Help (OnTrack) - This program is for people with risky levels of drinking and low mood. It aims to help people improve their mood and cut back on their drinking. The program was written by psychologists and uses methods that have been shown in research to be helpful.
  • Reduce Your Use (National Cannabis and Information Centre) - This service is an online program to assist cannabis users to reduce their intake. The program is informed by the principles of CBT and MET (motivational enhancement therapy).  The website contains six core modules: Feedback and Building Motivation, Managing Smoking, Urges and Withdrawal, Changing Your Thinking, Coping Strategies and Skill Enhancement, Activities and Interpersonal Skills, Relapse Prevention and Lifestyle Changes.
  • Quit (Tobacco) - Quit have developed some quitting tools to help you make a plan to achieve your new smokefree lifestyle. These tools include a quitting checklist, addiction test, email reminders, cost calculator, information on health implications of smoking and a quit coach.