Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
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2020 Remembrance Ceremony

Family Drug Support is doing an online video Remembrance Ceremony, as we could not hold our normal ceremony in the Ashfield Unity Church. We welcome you to watch the video and light a candle in memory of someone lost.
If you would like a name added to the FDS website Memorial Page, please contact the FDS office on 02 4782 9222.

FDS Volunteer Testimonial

Stages of Change preview - Stepping Forward Session

Presented by Chrissie Kelly from Family Drug Support.

In this video Chrissie Kelly, Queensland State Manager, Family Drug Support explains the work of Family Drug support and discusses the stages of change for families model. This model can be helpful for families to understand where they are at on their journey and start to learn how to cope depending on what stage they may be at.Learn More

FDS Insight Magazines

FDS Insight Magazine - Apr - Jun 2020
FDS Insight Magazine - Jan - Mar 2020
FDS Insight Magazine - Oct - Dec 2019

Not My Family, Never My Child Book

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A practical handbook by Tony Trimingham for anyone who suspects (or knows) someone they care about is a drug user.

Purchase Tony's Book

Walking a Tightrope

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Alcohol and other drug use and violence: A guide for families

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Letter to Family and Friends

Someone you care about is drinking or using drugs. You can see many ways he/she is creating problems in his/her life and creating harm in yours.

Tough love has no place in the FDS model

There is often a debate on ‘tough love’ as an effective strategy for families dealing with alcohol and other drug issues. At FDS we believe that applying punitive strategies is not really effective and, in some cases, may lead to more problems than solutions.

FDS updated regarding COVID-19

We are following each State Government recommendations, we are now starting to open up our: Support Groups, Stepping Forward Sessions and Stepping Stones weekend courses.
Please click on the Meetings & Events menu button at the top of this home page.
If there is a delay on your local Support Group resuming, please refer to our website. Here you can find resources, tools and online videos which will you will find beneficial. FDS Online for Families: 
Interactive tool based on a typical support group Please also call our 24/7 Phone Support: 1300 368 186  

We hear you - Families matter during COVID 19

At Family Drug Support Australia  the health and wellbeing of family members is paramount. In the ever-changing climate of COVID-19 the uncertainty is real, and for a family member supporting someone with a drug and/or alcohol dependence, the challenges they face have been exacerbated with limited access to services and means of support.