What is counselling?

In Australia there are a number of different types of treatment options available. One of the most popular treatment options is counselling.

Counselling often involves talking through your problems, and learning to change the way you think or act when faced with difficult or stressful situations. Counselling aims to help you develop tools and techniques to can use when faced with situations that may trigger your drug use.

Most Alcohol and other Drugs counselling uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). This is because CBT, also known as the talking therapy, focuses on changing the way you think and behave, making it effective in assisting people to deal with problematic behaviours.

It is also very popular with treatment services because counselling can be provided one-on-one if required or delivered in a group setting. It is also not influenced by the type of drug used as it focuses just on the problematic behaviour not the drug of choice.

Where to find help?

Counselling Online is a service where you can find help about alcohol or drug related issues. You can access a professional counsellor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge, across all of Australia. Counselling Online provides free live, one to one text-based counselling. [http://www.counsellingonline.org.au/]

Counselling Online counsellors work with you to identify your needs. They can offer assessment, counselling, and referral the aim being to assist you to make informed choices regarding your drug use.

Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS): You can call ADIS 7 days a week 24 hours a day for support, information, advice, crisis counseling and referral to Alcohol and other drug services in NSW. ADIS is available to all residents of NSW who want help or more information about drug treatment services in NSW.

What help can I get from ADIS?

There are a lot of treatment options available, and sometimes these choices can be confusing. ADIS staff can help explain the different options available and assist you by making referrals to appropriate services that will meet your need. ADIS offers confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental support. To find out what help is available contact ADIS on Tel: 9361 8000 (Sydney) or Toll free call: 1800 422 599 (For NSW regional and rural callers) or check out their website.