Support for Families

If you are looking for support for a family member or a friend, you can check out NUAA’s pages on finding immediate help and treatment options. Listed below are also some services aimed at supporting family and friends of people who are drug dependent.

Family Drug Support

Family Drug Support was formed in 1997 after its founder, Tony Trimingham, lost a child to drug overdose. Tony was frustrated by the lack of support and understanding, and realised that many other families were also experiencing similar frustrations. A public meeting was held and attended by hundreds of people, out of which Family Drug Support was formed.

Family Drug Support is a caring, non-religious and non-judgemental organisation made up primarily of volunteers who have experienced the chaos and trauma of having a family member with alcohol or other drug dependency. You can call Family Drug Support 24 hours a day 7 days a week on 1300 368 186. Check out their website for more information.

Alcohol & Drug Information Line (ADIS)

If you are unsure where to find help for a family member or friend, you can ring ADIS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ADIS is staffed by trained counselors  who can provide you with support, referral, information and advice on a range of drug treatment options and support services in NSW. They can assist you with referrals to doctors and services. For more information about ADIS check out their website or ring (02) 9361 8000 or free call 1800 422 599.


Nar-Anon Family Groups are self-help support groups for families and friends of people who are drug dependent. Members meet to share experiences and learn from each other on how to cope with drug dependent behaviour. Hearing the experiences of others can provide guidance in coping with day-to-day crises. You will be among people who understand and can offer support. Members share courage, strength and hope to aid our recovery from our distress. Nar-Anon is a 12-Step fellowship, to learn more check out their website.


Similar to Nar-Non, this is 12 step program to help  families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone with a drinking problem. Ala-teen is a recovery program for young people, with groups sponsored by Al-Anon members.  Alateen provides support for teenagers affected by the problem drinking of a parent or other family member. These programs are adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and are based on the 12 step programs. Check out their website if you want to know more.