Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
(available 24 hours 7 days a week)

Coping Tips

Conflict and Substance Abuse

Disagreement is common in families where there is drug and alcohol for various reasons:-
  • The drug user's agenda is often very different to other family members
  • Family members have different ideas to drug users on how to spend money – drugs vs other essentials
  • Established patterns of conflict are often stressful, frustrating and non-productive
 
We get many telephone calls regarding parents 'waiting up' to confront a drug or alcohol user who has been out getting high. It may be better to wait and address the issue later. It is never a good idea to deal with things:-
  •  When the person is "hanging out' for drugs
  •  When the person is intoxicated
  •  When the person is 'coming down' from drugs
 
You might think this leaves very little time to do it but the best outcomes come when you pick the right time.

Walking a Tightrope

Alcohol and other drug use and violence: A guide for families
 
Alcohol and other drug use and family violence often occur together. Families already coping with a family member who uses alcohol and drugs can also be exposed to violent behaviours. Living with a family member who uses alcohol or other drugs and who is violent can be frightening. It can feel like walking a tightrope. Specialist support and medical attention may be helpful.