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Finding a good GP

Often when you’re looking for help a GP can be the first place to go. Finding a good GP however is a lot easier said than done. It can be difficult to talk to someone you’ve met about things that are really tough for you. ...

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18 Things to do while waiting for services

You’ve made the call, great Job!! But now a worker tells you there is a 2 week wait before your first appointment....

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Holiday Survive N Thrive Guide

Having a holiday from your school or work can be a time filled with relaxation and recreation but for many people, it can also bring some challenges....

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You’ve Made the Call – Now what?

YoDAA’s top tips for surviving the waitlist...

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Housing, drugs and alcohol

You may ask “What does where I live have to do with what I use”? Did you know that there is often a close relationship between your living situation and use of drugs and alcohol?...

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School/work and drugs

Youth workers often encourage young people to explore relationships between drug use and different aspects of their lives. ...

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Ice-Understanding how it works

Ice is one form of methamphetamine. Using ice causes a surge in brain chemicals that help you function normally. ...

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How Safe Is My Use?

Assessing where you are at with your use is not all about whether or not you feel you have big problem or whether or not you feel dependent or addicted to something. How safe you are is just, or probably even more important. ...

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Talking to someone you are worried about

Have a read of these basic tips to provide great support to a mate you're worried about...

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Reasons drugs can become a problem

There are many reasons drug or alcohol use can become a problem for someone but it’s always something more than just ‘bad luck’....

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My friends have different goals to me

Having friends and being social is a basic human need. It can be difficult when it seems you and your friends are on different paths or have different goals. ...

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Withdrawal and dependence.

Terms like withdrawal, detox and dependence are thrown around heaps when talking about drugs or alcohol. What do they actually mean? ...

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Tips for helping a friend who has had too much

Helping out a mate who has had too much is one of the best things you can do as a friend...

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Top tips for staying safe

Here are some tips for staying safe no matter what you are using....

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Understanding why I use

Understanding why you use is important for when you want to make changes or just so you can keep an eye on your general wellbeing...

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What if I'm not ready to quit yet?

Alcohol and other drug services help heaps of people who aren't ready to quit yet....

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What is binge drinking?

Knowing what binge drinking is helps you figure out both the good and bad effects....

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Will I stop using drugs if I see a service?

Services are not a guarantee that you will stop - but they'll help figure out your strengths so you can achieve what you'd like with your drug use...

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When does drug use become a problem?

Deciding drug use is a problem depends on lots of things and is not always clear cut....

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What will a support service ask me?

It's easier to give services a call when you know what you might expect from them...

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Have I got a problem?

There isn't always a clear line between feeling your use is under control and feeling like you've got a problem. Asking yourself some key questions can help you explore whether drugs or alcohol are becoming a problem for you....

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Drugs, alcohol and your mental health

There can be strong relationships between emotional/mental health and drug use. What that relationship is, isn’t always straight forward. ...

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Don’t do it alone!

Losing important relationships is common when you are struggling with drugs or alcohol. This info explains that doing what you can to maintain relationships may be one of the most important things you can do. ...

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Different patterns of using drugs

There is almost as many different patterns of drug and alcohol use as there are drugs. This article explains some of the common patterns of use. ...

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Can a drug and alcohol service help me with other stuff?

Its pretty obvious that Drug and Alcohol services specialize in helping you address drug and alcohol problems, but they are also interested in you as a whole person not just one problem....

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Short term residential support

Stay in a drug-free, medically supported place with other young people for up to two weeks...

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Self-directed help

Self-directed help is a great way to get info on alcohol and other drugs and set personal goals in your own time...

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Peer support

Get advice and support from those who have been there and done it...

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Outreach

Outreach offers support by coming to you....

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Long term residential support

Long term residential support includes residential rehabs and supported accommodation. Find out which one is best for you....

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E-Support

Different e-services offer a range of options and ways of communicating so you can choose the option that is best for you...

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Day programs

Day programs are a great option as a safe place that also offer a bit of routine and learning...

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Centre based counselling and support

Centre-based counselling offers support in a comfortable place away from your usual environment...

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