You're not alone.
SITC is here with a laser focus on what we know to be a seriously overlooked group: namely, those hard-working and busy rural and remote Australians who get up and show up in floods, fires, droughts and pandemics ... but who struggle to find support to cut back or quit drinking entirely when they're seeking change.
Many of us have tried and failed at moderation - and, in fact, moderation is simply not possible for many of us. This is why SITC works to help people understand the in's-and-outs of ditching grog for good, and to understand the ''why'' of it all.
We know that rural people are 150% more likely to experience harm from booze and that only 15% can get help (*source - Australian Drug Foundation.)
That's why SITC exists. And it's why we work tirelessly to ''do what we can with what we have'' to close the gaps for these people through the main channels of peer support, advocacy, story-telling, and straight-talk.
We also know while it's a huge piece of the puzzle that much more than ''just'' peer support is needed, too. So, here, we've listed the other orgs and options we've found to be useful for other additional support from tele health bush detox options, to free counselling, and for support for family members impacted.
If you're not rural or remote - or you're a family member seeking help - we've listed the plentiful orgs that can support you, right on your own doorstep, just scroll down.
This testimonial is from our Bush Tribe peer support member, Matty Tonks, and it was used on live TV when our founder Shan was honoured as the Australian of the Year Local Hero in 2022. It's a perfect example of what SITC is achieving through connection every single day.
For our rural & remote friends ...
SITC Bush Tribe
This is our peer support ''family'' online for those who are rural or remote and wanting to cut back or quit the booze.
There's a simple application form and the decision to remain anonymous or not with your interactions in the Bush Tribe is yours. We want you to feel supported and safe in this space.
Our free phone / text service
Thanks to the incredible support of our partners at TIACS we can provide free text or phone service - because sometimes it just helps to have someone to talk with. If you need a yarn call or text 0488 846 988 (Mon-Fri 8am-10pm) and a qualified counsellor will be there to support you.
Partially funded detox
Thanks to our core funding partners at The Snow Foundation, we are working on a project to get some partially funded tele-health detoxes into rural and remote homes for those we're already supporting via our the Bush Tribe. Interested? Fill out the form below.
Coaching with qualified coaches
If you'd like to employ an independent coaching service - we suggest you consider the Alcohol Coaches Australia (ACA) group: this is a fully certified group (and includes our mate Noelene Brown from Rural Sobriety) who use the latest research and science-based methodology from This Naked Mind, with a compassion-led approach that has helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world to take back control of their drinking. This is not part of SITC, but we recommend the ACA because of their accreditation.
24/7 support service lines
Family Drug Support 1300 368 186
Family Member Help: 1300 660 068
Lifeline 13 11 14
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636
MensLine 1300 789 978