Need support? You're not alone.
Contemplating a life of being sober in the country is pretty overwhelming if your entire life has been built around socialising and doing business with booze, as we know is the 'way' in the bush. So it's really hard to know where to begin.
The good news is that the first half of the battle is simply recognising you need to choose a life of sobriety or to cut way back on your drinking. If you're here, you've probably already taken that vital first step, so, good for you.
From here, what you need to do is reach out, find some peer-to-peer support (none of us want to do this alone) and then to get to work on building yourself a comprehensive toolkit for the next vital steps which will include: finding a progamme and/or some kind of structured support that resonates with you, while setting yourself up with clinical support if necessary, and of course finding emotional support from a counsellor or psychologist.
The path to sobriety isn't linear or black and white, and there is no one-size that fits all - so you really need to make a commitment to invest your time, energy, and effort into reading and researching the options we have listed below and to build your OWN toolkit from the bits and pieces that resonate for you that encompass peer support and professional support.
We cannot tell you exactly 'what next' because we don't know you or your own life and health history like you do. What we can do is share a selection of amazing Australian resources, supports, programmes, and places that will be useful, and remind you that a good, thorough, holistic approach to your sobriety is needed.
Again, remember your journey to sobriety will require a mixture of peer and professional support.
So please have a good, decent, thorough read of what we've put together here for you, below. These are all good credible Australian organisations that work together and share the exact same passion to help. As a bare minimum we recommend you sign up to join our SITC Bush Tribe peer group, where you'll find hundreds of like-minded rural and remote men and women doing this sober life together.
This is SITC's carefully curated peer support online group for rural and remote Australians so you have a cheer-squad with you all the way.
Thanks to our partners at TIACS we can provide a free phone | text counselling support for those who need a yarn.
HSM has an online recovery toolkit & APP called ''Daybreak'' which can provide another online support community.
The 12 step programme of AA is now available online since COVID and can provide another structured step-by-step programme to follow.
Turning Point is a national organisation that provides support and awareness around addiction for Australians and is another excellent resource.
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