RESOURCES

If you're a busy working rural, regional, or remote Australian and you'd like to cut back or quit drinking with the support of an Australia-wide 'family' of like-minded peers who totally get it and understand the challenges that being sober in the country brings - or you simply don't have the time or financial means to access services, support, or anonymous discussions locally - our national rural sobriety support platform ''The Bush Tribe'' now exists specifically for people just like you. 

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SITC's rural founder, Shanna Whan and her tiny but fiercely committed team have recently launched Australia's first rural peers online sobriety support community. It's called The Bush Tribe. And it's awesome. Read more about how this works and/or apply for membership here.

IF YOU AREN'T RURAL OR REMOTE, OR YOU'D LIKE TO ADD CLINICIAN-BASED SUPPORT TO YOUR TOOL-KIT (WHICH IS HIGLHY RECOMMENDED) HERE ARE THE TOP CREDIBLE REGISTERED CHARITIES AND AUSTRALIAN ORGANISATIONS WE RECOMMEND OR PARTNER WITH:

FOR THOSE SEEKING INFORMATION AROUND OVERCOMING ADDICTION OR DRINKING LESS:

  • Hello Sunday Morning

    • ​Hello Sunday Morning was born in 2009 when founder, Chris Raine undertook a year-long experiment to quit drinking. A nightclub promoter at the time, Chris blogged about the challenges and successes of this experiment when he woke up hangover-free every Sunday Morning signing off with “Hello, Sunday Morning!” Since first extending the challenge to his flatmate, Chris has grown Hello Sunday Morning into a bona-fide health service, with Daybreak as its key offering. 

  • SMART Recovery (Australia)

    • SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery is a free group program assisting any problematic behaviours, including addiction to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, Internet and others.

    • Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants come to help themselves and help each other using a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.

  • AA-Alcoholics Anonymous (Australia)

    • 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.

FOR FAMILY & FRIENDS:

  • Al-Anon Australia

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

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

ONLINE MEETINGS:

Thanks to COVID-19 the organisations above are all transitioning online.

  • RELATED ORGANISATIONS (Australia):

  • Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636 (24 hours/day, 7 days/week)

  • 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

  •  (ADIS): 1800 250 015Alcohol Drug Information Service

  • 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. ADIS 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.

'' ... there are no shortcuts or fancy tips & tricks when it comes to overcoming addiction. The simple truth is that sobriety isn't for those who need it - it is for those who want it and who are prepared to do whatever it takes to get it ' 

(Shanna Whan, Founder, and recovered alcoholic.)

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'' There comes a point where we need to stop pulling people out of the river and head upstream to find out why they keep falling in ..... ''

 Desmond Tutu

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