There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in - Desmond Tutu

NEED HELP?

Firstly, please know there IS help available.

For rural professionals, head over to our information page about our Sober in the Country rural professional peer support group ahd check out what we do here. If you identify as a working rural Aussie this is a great space with about 650 other like-minded professionals.

If that's not you - luckily, below, are a tonne of other options - and in fact we'd recommend you check these out no matter what.

Further down is our general enquiries submission form. Feel free to message us. But please just know Shanna isn't working as an alcohol counselling service. Her role is in broad scale advocacy.

For People Struggling with Alcohol (and other Drugs)

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Federal hotline offering referrals to local treatment and support services.

  • Hello Sunday Morning (and Dayreak APP)

  • Narcotics Anonymous
    Meetings worldwide for people struggling with drugs. Directory of online meetings, using Zoom, Skype and other platforms.

  • SMART Recovery
    Abstinence-based international organization that uses a cognitive behavioral therapy tool kit. Has a directory of online meetings.

  • AA-Alcoholics Anonymous
    The worldwide 12-step abstinence program has extensive online resources.

  • Recovery Dharma
    This organization uses Buddhist practices and principles to support individuals in recovery. Directory of daily online meditations and meetings.

  • Women for Sobriety
    Dedicated to helping women recover from substance use disorders, with online gatherings.

  • LifeRing
    Organization focusing on practical, secular support, with online meetings.

  • Moderation Management
    For people seeking to reduce their alcohol intake and not necessarily abstain, this growing group has an international network of online meetings.

  • In the Rooms

  • Clearinghouse of 30 online meetings offering supports with a variety of approaches to different substance use disorders.

  • Soberistas
    A website for worried binge alcohol users, and for those who are back in control of their lives offering connection, conversation as well as feature articles about health and nutrition, and advice for leading a healthy lifestyle that doesn’t include alcohol.

  • Tempest
    A modern, accessible, and empowering path to recovery, offering an online sobriety school and aftercare program centered around the individual.

Free Apps

  • Connections – Evidence-based, multipurpose app to help track sobriety and connect with supportive peers and Addiction Policy Forum counselors.

  • I Am Sober – App for planning and maintaining recovery.

  • SoberGrid – Large online sober-support community and peer counseling.

  • Celebrate Recovery – A Christian-centered 12-step recovery program and app.

  • Smart Recovery – Overcoming Addictions (OA) is a confidential and interactive web app to help achieve and maintain abstinence.

  • Meeting Guide – A free of charge meeting finder app for iOS and Android that provides meeting information from A.A. service entities in an easy-to-access format, by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc.

  • NA Meeting Search – An application developed to help find an NA Meeting anywhere around the world, including also daily Just For Today meditations.

  • Recovery Path – Technology assisted addiction recovery. Built on research, made with compassion.

Access more free apps for recovery here.

For Those Who Support People in Recovery

  • Nar-Anon Global support network for those affected by someone else’s addiction. Live chat and forum available.

  • Al-Anon Using a 12-step focus, this organization offers online and phone meetings for those whose friends and relatives struggle with alcohol use disorder, among other substances.

  • Families Anonymous Offers online 12-step meetings for family and friends with a loved one struggling with drugs, alcohol and related behavioral problems.

  • SMART Recovery Friends and Family This secular, cognitive behavioral-based program offers online meetings for families and friends of someone recovering from substance abuse.

Online Meeting Directory (pdf)

A List of Virtual Meetings & Speaker Archives, by the Token Shop

During this unprecedented time of physical distancing and social solidarity, here is a list of online meetings as well as speaker tape archives to help all people in recovery or people struggling with maintaining sobriety or people interested in reducing or quitting alcohol and other substance use. Download the list here.

Other Organisations:

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week).  You can also chat online with the Beyond Blue Support Service every day from 3pm until 12am.

DrugInfo: 1300 858 584 (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday)

Family Drug Support Australia: 1300 368 186 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)

Youth Support + Advocacy Service: 1800 458 685  (9am – 8pm, Monday – Friday)

Kids Helpline : 1800 551 800 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)

Parentline (QLD and NT): 1300 301 300 (phones open 8am – 10pm, 7 days/week

Parentline WebChat: 8am – 9pm, 7 days/week

Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)

Lifeline text: 0477 131 114 (6pm – 12am, 7 days/week)

Counselling Online: chat online with a professional counsellor

Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS): 1800 250 015
ADIS provides a free, 24-hour support line for those who are having issues with alcohol, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol use, or just have general questions about alcohol. A
DIS Centres are state and territory-based services which provide information, advice, referral, intake, assessment and support.  ADIS offers services for individuals, their family and friends, general practitioners, other health professionals and business and community groups.

ADIS counsellors recognise the importance of finding appropriate drug and alcohol treatment and use their knowledge and experience to assist callers. ADIS webchat is available Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (including public holidays).

ADIS also offers information to support Aboriginal people in NSW in reducing the harms caused by alcohol and drugs and to help our mob become healthier.